Blue, blue spring–time for wandering and wildflowers and getting over old injuries
Yesterday’s wander from Irvine Regional Park into The Willows (my new favorite trail!) was classic Southern California springtime: cool gray morning cloud-cover and shy wildflowers–if you were careful to notice them.
Since this was not an especially wet winter (only about 7 inches of rain since October), this spring’s “wildflower show” is more muted than years like 2004-05, when 35+ inches of rain germinated a riot of color all over the hills.
But still–if you slow down and look (and since I’m still rehabbing to recover from last fall’s ankle and achilles twinges, I do go slowly), there are beauties to behold, like these:
Hmmm . . . an interesting trend. No barefoot photos again yesterday . . . just plants. Gotta honor this blog’s title, though, so here’s a favorite photo from last weekend’s Easter fun with the grandkids:
Barefoot running update: last month I was referred to an amazing doctor of physical therapy who in three visits has diagnosed and treated some old-old-old injuries/pain sites. For the first time in a long while, I feel hopeful about getting back to running shoelessly in my beloved dusty hills (not that I don’t enjoy hiking there . . . but running barefoot is even more fun).
I’ve just started alternating short intervals of running with walking during my hour-long trail outings; while it’s frustrating to feel so strange getting used to running again, the doctor (his name is Derrick Sueki, if you’re looking for a miracle in treating your chronic injuries) assures me it’s because my body needs this time to learn new, healthy patterns of movement. Between his wonderful care/instruction, and that of my superhero Pilates instructor Kristine Ngo, running seems like something I might. Just. Do. Soon!