It's Marathon Week!!! Lots of Loopsters are tapering for races in Marshall, NYC, Indy, and Santa Clarita (and...?) I'm getting pretty excited!!
is going great. I only did 19.5 miles last week, and I am feeling
rested and fresh. Antsy even. Tuesday I cut my usual 7 to 5.5 and felt
good. Wednesday I hit the track, but I didn't push it too hard, and cut
it short. For those keeping score, I managed 4x400 (99, 96, 93, 91),
1200 at 6:56 pace, and 800 in 3:29. Just enough to wake up the
speedy-twitch muscles. 6.2 total. Then I took off Thursday and Friday.
I planned to do an easy 8, but I was convinced to join the Mountain
Goats, because they had picked a new trail that looked too fun to pass
up. All single-track instead of fire road, with reasonable hills, and
some cool stuff to check out. And less than 8 miles.
trail was in Solstice Canyon in Malibu. Along the trail were several
ruins of old houses that had been destroyed by fire in the 1980's. They
must have been beautiful because the location is awesome, tucked into a
canyon about a mile up from the beach. Here is what the house used to
But now it looks like this. We stopped to look around after the first mile.
house is right next to the creek and a waterfall with lots of rocks to
climb on. Not much water now due to the drought, but it was pretty cool.
we cruised along the trails. A new guy joined the group who was my age
and speed, so we ran together the whole way and chatted. I took it easy
and enjoyed the beautiful day.
It ended up being 7.8 miles, and I finished feeling plenty strong. No trips or falls to ruin my race.
now it is marathon week. My plan is 6 easy tonight, 5 on Wednesday.
Then Thursday morning, DW and I fly to New York City. We will be staying
with my brother, and my parents are also going to show up, so it will
be a fun family weekend. And of course I will be meeting up with
Loopsters whenever possible, at the expo, before the race, after the
Looks like it will be perfectly chilly for racing, with no rain. Getting excited!!!