On this very cold morning (it may have been freezing) I went for a Big Loop run in Aliso / Wood Canyons. I call it the big loop because it’s the largest single loop I can run within this park. Yet, it isn’t actually a loop. It’s what some, including myself, call a “Lollipop.” A lollipop loop has an out-and-back somewhere in the loop (the stick to the lollipop.) In the Big Loop, the stick portion (out-and-back, is at the beginning and the end; that is, it ends on the same trail as it starts – Aliso Creek Trail).
Running the big loop clockwise means running up the hardest trail in the park. Did that bother me? Nah. I pretty much took this run today thoughtless. Yup, without a clue. That is, I didn’t think about anything. Not a thing. I just ran through The Present. And as such, I was lucky enough to take in the moments as they soaked through me. I took in the clumps of grass, deer running down slopes in the distance, spider and weasel holes in the dirt. And after turning onto Meadows Trail, a bobcat pounced onto the trail in front of me. Then he quickly scurried into the brush. He had apparently caught what looked like a rat, or some other rodent, and I was so lucky to take in his beauty and snap a picture at pretty close range. He didn’t take his eyes off me, for sure. And when I left, I trotted away backward (facing him: eyes on eyes) until the cat was no longer in sight. I felt blessed for sharing that moment in nature with “Bobby.” He was a beauty.
I eventually took off my beanie (running up Mentally Sensitive), but then wished I had it later on. When I’m running though, I don’t like going through back compartments in my pack unless I absolutely have to. I guess, I didn’t absolutely need my beanie. With the wind howling, I was cold (not terribly) this entire run. Fortunately, I layered clothing, so it was all acceptable. When I just run and focus on the moment, temperature doesn’t bother me too much. I know that seems odd. Seems like I’d notice the cold more while focusing on the present. But I don’t. I guess, as the moments pass, you’re travelling to the next moments, and there’s no dwelling in what just was (which in today’s case was cold and wind.)
Okay, I’m a dork. A dork who enjoyed her run this morning immensely.