The Best Place On Earth

I consider Santa Barbara to be one of the best places I've ever been to... and I feel very fortunate to call it my home town. I find myself saying it to myself all the time... "Self... can you believe how incredible the place where you live is?!?" Then a day like today rolls along and I'm just floored all over again. Today Santa Barbara was THE best place on earth!

If you don't live here... I'm sorry.

If you do live here and didn't get outside today... I'm sorry.

And now I'm off to go play some tennis and enjoy dusk... my favorite time of day!


Oh Charlie... You're Too Funny

At the risk of repeating everything that my friends are posting... I just had to put this up on my blog for everyone who isn't part of the SB crew! It's provided me with some gut wrenching laughter in the last few days... literally laying on the floor in pain from laughter. Check out the video below... or you can join one of the 8 million who have enjoyed it on YouTube here.

Ahhhhh... that was great! My favorite part is when he gets to the point of screaming "Oooowwwwww!" at the top of his lungs! I can't NOT laugh!



There are certain context where we are used to using the number 10,000.

Our car might costs us $10,000...

we might drive 10,000 miles...

Minnesota might have 10,000 lakes...

scientists may research 10,000 BC...

you can watch $10,000 Pyramid.

Now if I were to tell you that I ran 10,000 meters... you probably wouldn't think twice about it. 10,000 meters and running fit together pretty well. However, if I were to tell you that I ran 10,000 MILES... you'd probably laugh and tell me I had misspoken.

Well... as hard as it is for me to fathom... my good friend Bethany (who is a blazing cross country and distance track runner out at UCSB) just logged her 10,000th collegiate mile this last week!!! Amazing! I'll probably go my entire life without even sniffing this number... so I can't even imagine how much work and discipline this has taken.

Bethany has kept a log through college and a few weeks ago she casually told us she was approaching this milestone. We were all so impressed that we told her we'd throw a party for her and that she should run her 10,000th mile to kick it off. We made a make-shift finish line out of paper towels and celebrated with her as she crossed. It was great!
Congrats B! I'm super impressed!



My good friend, Marisa, wrote me on Facebook about a week ago to tell me that she was going to be in Santa Barbara this week. Although she didn't tell me that she was only going to be here for about 18 hours... and had plans for most of those hours! She could however squeeze me in on a morning run. Now I'm not exactly in the "distance running mode" these days... as I am trying to actually gain weight... but being the great friend that I am... I agreed. :o)

I've always wondered why it is that people throw up after they've run really hard. It's never happened to me in all my years of competitive sports... and I've had to run quite a bit. Running to stay in shape... running to be disciplined by coaches... running to make time cut-offs... but never running to the point of throwing up. Well... I found the magic recipe that works for me... very little sleep... very little food... not running further than a half of a mile in over two months... and then trying to keep up with someone who is in much better shape for three miles. :o)

Actually... I didn't throw up... but I could have. It was the first time I'd ever actually had the feeling that I could... and I was actually kind of excited about it. I'd never known what the deal was with everybody who did it and wanted to know what it was all about. At Marisa's request... I kept it in. Sadly... I don't think she even broke a sweat!