My weekly totals were fairly low, but I still consider it a productive week with 49 miles and 8,500 feet of climbing.
After taking Monday off from running, I started my week on Tuesday with a quality hour long treadmill session. I used to really dread running indoors on a treadmill, but have come to appreciate the efficient, focused workouts that can be accomplished with customized speed and incline settings. I am consistently fitting in one good treadmill run each week. I enjoy running at 6% and practicing my hiking at 15-18%.
Wednesday’s run was a mix of woodchip trail along the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt, flat pavement along The Strand, and a short hill on Manhattan Beach Blvd. coming back up to the trail. Even more variety is possible since The Strand is right next to the soft sand. I will try to start running on the sand once per week soon.
Thursday was the lowlight of the week. Before dawn at Temescal Gateway Park, I took a fall within a few minutes of starting. I scraped up my hands pretty bad and belly flopped. I felt like calling it a day, but having already woken up at 5AM and driven out to the trail, I stayed out there for about two hours. It is a tough course with almost 1,800 feet of climbing in the first four miles. The seventh mile was a 738 foot descent which slowed me down nearly as much as the climbing miles.
I chose not to run on Friday. I felt fine, but gave myself a break after sticking with it on Thursday despite the rough start.
Saturday was a great day. I felt strong on climbs and agile on technical terrain. It was a beautiful day in LA. The spectacular views on the trails today moved me to finally buy a camera. I ordered it online and should have it in time for the Ray Miller race. It's actually a waterproof camera, so I am looking forward to taking it out in the rain and possibly tucked into my wetsuit when I start ocean swimming in the Spring.
In the evening, I attended a screening of Unbreakable: The Western States 100. See the trailer below. After the movie, there was time for a Q&A with a panel including one of the featured runners Anton Kupricka, filmmaker/runner JB Benna, veteran ultrarunner and San Diego 100 Race Director Scotty Mills, and acting as the facilitator Coach Jimmy Dean Freeman of Coyote Running.
The youngest member of the audience asked if any of the panel members had ever DNF’d. In response, Kupricka alluded to a DNF he suffered at Leadville one year. I am not sure where in the race he dropped out, but he talked about nutritional problems leading to hypoglycemia.As a type one diabetic, I can certainly relate and it reminded me about how endurance athletes push their bodies to such astonishing limits in competition. In the diabetic community, we call close friends and loved ones type 3's. They may not have diabetes, but they witness our daily routines along with the ups and downs of dealing with the disease. I consider all endurance athletes type 3's because they, too, understand the nature of having to manually control the body's delicate balance in a similar way to what we deal with everyday.