Only a Deadhead would recognize that subject line, but to me it means "California", which is where I've been for the past 24 hours.
Last night, it was hot when we got here and I had a hard time falling asleep in the heat. But today, the temps were a lot cooler and it was a nice comfortable 80F when I went running. I did a hilly 7.5 mile loop at Rancho San Antonio in 65 minutes today and it felt great. I've run this loop so many times over the years, and my all time PR is 53 minutes and change. When I was in good shape, I'd run it in 60-62 minutes, and I could go sub-60 if I pushed a bit. The last time I ran this course was 9 days before WS in 2005, and I ran it in 69 minutes that day.
Of course, these numbers mean absolutely nothing as far as next weekend goes.
Tomorrow morning, we are heading to Yosemite until Thursday morning. My wife is going to do some rock climbing while I spend a couple days relaxing with my kids - doing some easy hikes, maybe some slow-water rafting, some swimming, and I might run a few miles once or twice.
Thursday, we'll make the drive to Squaw Valley.
I realized today that my last 2-week break from work came 4 years ago. This is going to be a nice trip.