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.

Los Angeles August 2017 Day 6 and 7 Runs

The 6th and 7th days of running from my August 2017 trip to Los Angeles.

Monday was a pretty active day for me. I did a morning 4 miles, and an evening 4.5 miles, with a 3 mile hike in between.

Tuesday though.. Tuesday was a big one. I ran from UCLA to attempt this hike. Getting there went fine and the first half of the loop was great. I managed to snag some pictures:

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Somewhere along the way I got mixed up (they really need to have some trail markings out here). There was a lot of climbing and looking around, and then I lost phone service. I brought emergency backup water this time though, which wound up being needed.

After panicking for a while and second guessing every decision, I found a road which led to another road which led to civilization.

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17.8 miles 10:22/mi average pace, with 2,015 feet of elevation gain (Strava info).

Hooray for mid-week long runs!

Los Angeles August 2017 Day 5 Run

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.

Now it’s time for some gatorade, hooray!

Los Angeles August 2017 Day 2 Run

The second run from my August 2017 trip to Los Angeles.

My Thursday run went through Venice beach and up to Santa Monica.

Approaching Pier

I went during the hottest part of the day (it hit about 90 degrees), so while it was supposed to be just an easy run, my muscles were exhausted by the time I was finished.

Pier from distance

Nothing too spectacular to report on the run. 12 miles at 8:09 average pace. Hoping to get out to some trails over the weekend.

Happy running!

Los Angeles August 2017 Day 1 Run

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.

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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:

LA Sunset Beach

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.

So far Cali life has been good!

Landed In Los Angeles

Just made it to La La Land!

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.

#Goals