Quick Check-In: Heading Up To Boston

Short post about my recent absence and upcoming events.

I haven’t posted in a while and I wanted to check back in here.

It’s been a pretty stressful few weeks. I’m in the process of planning a big running trip (which has been one of my many recent stressors), but I don’t want to jinx it by talking about it much.

I’m technically in taper mode for the Marine Corps Marathon but it hasn’t been going great. Legs have been stiff from overtraining, and none of my runs for the past couple weeks have left me feeling confident. Hopefully more rest will do me some good.

I decided to take a mini mental health vacation and head to Boston tomorrow (Friday) night. No real plans except relaxing and eating good, maybe running along the Charles River and checking out the finish line / part of the course of the Boston Marathon.

Sometimes when life starts feeling overwhelming taking a step back from it can be the best thing for you.

I’ll try to post again before the MCM on the 22nd, and I’ll definitely post a race recap afterwards.

Thanks for reading!

PS: I have so much respect for people who manage to continue posting regularly despite life taking its occasional downturns. When I get stressed the last thing I want to do is something optional that requires brain power like writing does, but hopefully it’s a skill I can develop.

Los Angeles August 2017 Final 2 Runs

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.

Beach Spot Panorama

I then met my friends for breakfast (burritos and smoothies on the beach). It was a perfect morning.

Beach Burrito

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.