The 5th run from my August 2017 trip to Los Angeles.
I just got back from an amazing, and exhausting run.
But what about my day 3 and 4 runs? Those were nothing special so I’ll go through them quickly.
On Friday I totally lost to the heat… It was 90+ out, my muscles rebelled and I only managed a few miles to UCLA.
Saturday after resting through the hottest part of the day and feeling bleh I finally got out for a 10 mile run. I need to remember how much running boosts my mood.
It’s now Sunday, and with fresh legs I decided to explore an area I’ve never gone before. I ran to Santa Monica, and then went North to Temescal Gateway Park. Just getting to the park was about 10 miles, so by the time I got there I just wanted to do a short easy loop which I found out about here.
This loop was far from easy…
The terrain was perfect for trail running, but man was it steep, which meant much of this part of my run was power walking. The trails also aren’t really marked at all so I was constantly second guessing whether I was on the right path. That combined with the 90 degree weather and my dwindling water supply led to a pretty scary experience.
The views at the top were amazing, totally worth the soreness I’m sure my buns will feel tomorrow.
After the run I met my friends at Philz. Sure wish we had that coffee back east.
It was a rough run, but I’m glad I did it, despite being underprepared. It wound up being 16.7 miles with an average pace of 9:21/mi.
The first run from my August 2017 trip to Los Angeles.
The first day after landing in LA was a busy one. My friend earned his PHD, so there was a lot of champagne drinking and chocolate cake eating. Eventually by the early evening I decided to go on my favorite running route, down a bike / run path which leads right to the beach.
My run was a 6 mile progressive run there, took a break at the beach to go to my spot out on the rocks, and then did 7 less aggressive progressive miles back. Had to take that break to snap some pics of the setting sun:
My paces were:
Mile 1- 7:18
Mile 2- 7:01
Mile 3- 6:59
Mile 4- 6:48
Mile 5- 6:20
Mile 6- 6:11
Mile 7- 8:00
Mile 8- 7:51
Mile 9- 7:35
Mile 10- 7:24
Mile 11- 7:12
Mile 12- 7:09
Mile 13- 6:46
13.4 miles | 1:35:59 | 7:09/mi
The run felt great. It was hot all day but by the evening it started cooling down, and of course there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
This warm weather is refreshing, and apparently it’s going to be in the upper 90’s for the next few days. Quite a shock to the system… Fortunately I enjoy hot weather running, but dayum. Glad I brought my big handheld water bottle.
I don’t have a run planned for the rest of the day. I got up a little extra early this morning to put in 6 miles before my flight. I’ll just be resting and figuring out what run to do tomorrow. It’s nice being somewhere where the biggest decision you have to make each day is where to run and what to eat.
That actually sounds like the ideal retirement. If I’m lucky enough to still be running by the time I’m old and retired, I hope my life is led by those two decisions; where to run and what to eat. I’ll know I’ve led a successful life if those are my biggest concerns in 40 years.
Running summary of the past week of training for the Marine Corps Marathon.
General Reflections: This past week started off strong but had a disappointing finish.
Monday: 10 easy miles
Tuesday: 12 (hot) miles. Some 800 and 400 track intervals
Wednesday: 8 easy miles
Thursday: 12 mile fartlek, then 3 easy miles later that evening.
Friday: 8.6 trail miles
Saturday: 21 miles, half on trails.
Sunday: 6 recovery miles
Weekly Totals: 81.4 miles. 4,587 ft elevation gain
Favorite Workout: My Thursday and Friday runs.
Thursday I had a fartlek run (strava info), rotating between 2 minutes of fast running and 2 minutes of easy running for the first part. I finished the run with 3 fast miles, with 0.5 miles of recover between each one. My times for those fast miles were 5:35, 5:45, 5:40, and I was very happy with those miles especially because I had just run 8 miles of fartlek right before them.
Friday (strava info) I ran around a state park and got lost, and it was a blast. I talked a little about in this post.
Biggest Issues: Saturday’s long run was pretty good. My knees were really sore after it but I was able to finish without issue. The problem was, that night I wound up eating a ton of junk food. I used the calories I burned from the long run to convince myself it was ok, but I went way overboard (for the day I went over 5,000 calories including a carton of ice cream…). I also was up late that night because of the Mayweather – McGregor fight, which led to more eating. But, excuses excuses. I messed up.
On Sunday I was feeling sluggish and could only manage 6 recovery miles. So my eating mistake on Saturday cost me a decent run and left me feeling lousy all Sunday. I’ll probably take it very easy today (Monday) also.
Lesson: Having cheat days and overeating occasionally is not a big deal but going overboard can potentially cost you a couple workouts. So even when giving in to temptation, be careful.
Next Week: I’ll be in Los Angeles most of next week, so I’ll hopefully get a ton of mileage in with new scenery.
Upcoming running vacation (run-cation) to Los Angeles
I’ll be shipping out west soon. Well, flying, but you get the picture.
Los Angeles is such a great running city. Sunny weather every day, an abundance of running / bike paths, even trails.
This trip I plan on doing a Runyon Canyon run, a Griffith Park run, and the Santa Monica Mountains. The first two I’ve hiked before but never ran, and the Santa Monica Mountains I’ve heard are great for trail running but I’ve never been.
It’ll be a nice change of scenery, and I’m looking forward to seeing my two close friends who live out there.
The day before my flight and the day of will be very light on miles. Hopefully that little taper will be enough to prepare my legs for the hell I plan on putting them through.
I’ll be sure to post about any adventures I get myself into!
Do any of you also go on occasional run-cations? Any top cities you like to travel to for running?
Does it count as getting lost if you did it on purpose?
There’s this state forest I go to sometimes when I just want to run around in nature (edit: I recorded some video of my adventure if you want to check out the terrain). It has tons of different trails, and every time I go I try to follow one but always wind up losing it, and wind up somewhere I didn’t intend to (fortunately I always carry my phone with me and manage to find the path / somewhere familiar).
I treat these runs like an opportunity to leave my running comfort zone. There’s a whole different feeling to a run when you aren’t entirely sure where you are or where you’re going. The subtle feeling of panic that sets in adds a level of excitement. It’s a controlled panic mind you, I’m certainly not advocating for people putting themselves in dangerous situations. But going somewhere new on a run is a surefire way to spice up your running routine.
Today I got a little extra lost, but it turned out fine of course. I knew I was never in any real trouble. I got about 8.5 miles of mountain and trail running in, explored some new areas of the forest, and just wanted to share with you all as I sit here at Starbucks hydrating and recovering.
Is there anything you do to occasionally change up your routine? Ever go off down new roads or to new cities or parks to explore? Let me know!