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Taper week # 2

11 Mar

 

Only 10 days until the LA Marathon  I’m not getting too freaked out about it yet.

Last week, I took an extra recovery day after my last long run of 24 miles. I did a short 5.5 mile easy run midweek. At Johann’s suggestion, I kept my long run to 13 miles on Sunday. Then this week, I threw in a couple of 5 mile runs.

I hate tapers. The runs seem so blah. Or perhaps, I’m just fatigued from all the long runs. Then I started to feel these aches similar to when I had a calf injury a couple of years ago. Back then, I had to take 3 weeks off to let my body repair itself. Last week, I started feeling the same twinges in my calf. Thankfully, it went away once I got going. Since then, my heels and knees have felt sore and my legs have felt stiff and heavy.  Maybe this means I really ready for LA.

Anyway, I felt I needed a change. For today’s run, after a mile warmup, I took to the trails. Sprinting up and down the dirt hills felt fabulous! This was way better than doing 800 intervals. And I felt great afterwards. I even had a spring in my step.

In a way, I’m looking forward to getting the marathon out of the way; getting away from the asphalt and cement roads, and all the traffic. I can’t wait to get back to the trails….

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The Road to LA

28 Dec

Welcome !!

Just setting this up to truly start the blog on Jan 1, 2010.

This is a journal of my road to the 2010 LA Marathon. It has been over 15 years since I ran LA, and almost as long since my last marathon (San Francisco). In the interim, I run a few half marathons, some 10Ks, but mostly just run because I love it.  In the last few years, I have hit the trails more than the road. The result: less injuries and a hell of lot more fun!!! 

But lately, the marathon itch started driving me nuts. So, after a few false starts (Cal Int’l, Long Beach), I have finally committed to LA.

So join me on my somewhat quixotic quest.