Running summary of the past week of training for the Marine Corps Marathon.
General Reflections: I was in Los Angeles for half of this week. I set a new weekly mileage record, topping 100 miles for the first time, and a new weekly elevation gain PR.
- Monday: 4 easy miles | 4.5 easy miles
- Tuesday: 17.8 trail + road miles
- Wednesday: 1 easy mile | 18 trail + road miles
- Thursday: 7.6 easy miles
- Friday: 10.1 mile workout | 5 easy miles
- Saturday: 20.3 miles
- Sunday: 13.2 miles
Weekly Totals: 101.8 miles. 5,883 ft of elevation gain
Favorite Workout(s): My Wednesday long run
On Wednesday I took a train to Hollywood, and did a trail run up and around Griffith park (Strava info). The views were phenomenal and fortunately it was a more frequently trafficked trail system so I didn’t get really lost (like I did the previous day).
Biggest Issues: On Tuesday’s trail run I got dangerously lost.
Lessons learned: Bringing an emergency little flask of water (I have a 7oz one I used) on runs that may be longer than planned is a good safety precaution to take.
Next Week: Lower the mileage and get back to more speed work
The 8th and 9th days of running from my August 2017 trip to Los Angeles.
All good things must come to an end. Here’s the story on my last 2 runs in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday I decided to take a train into Hollywood and run / hike up to the Hollywood Sign.
I started with a steep climb up to the Griffith Observatory, which is gorgeous and a place I definitely want to check out again.
After that initial ascent, I followed a trail to the peak of Mt. Hollywood. I was confused when I couldn’t find the Hollywood sign from the peak, but I realized that the sign and “Mt. Hollywood” are two separate things…
I felt pretty silly, but decided to make the best of it and followed a different trail from where I was that connected to where the sign was. It was only an extra couple miles, and it was totally worth it.
After navigating my way down the mountains and back into the city, I made my way back to the my friends’ apartment.
Wednesday totals: 18 miles – 8:47/mi avg pace – 1,428 feet of elevation gain. (Strava info)
Thursday was my last day in LA. I woke up a little extra early, and ran down my favorite bike / running path one last time. It was a perfect day, and the views from my favorite beach spot were phenomenal.
I then met my friends for breakfast (burritos and smoothies on the beach). It was a perfect morning.
Reflections: I’m sad to be leaving, but there will be more trips to look forward to. I accomplished most of what I wanted to while out there.
One major thing I took away from this trip is how important it is to travel. I may not have the money to travel the world, but this country is a good place to start, and I think I’m going to start doing a lot more of that.