yesterday was 8.6 miles at el moro canyon with jessica. we met at 7:30 and started on time. another guy from the group (octrailrunners) also showed up. he’s new to the group and we were glad to have him there. i don’t know if we started too fast or what, or if i was just feeling crappy, but i was really struggling on the uphills. when we took this gorgeous single-track trail which was mostly downhill — tada! — i started to feel better. the downhill running was hard on my knees, though, as i could feel some soreness today. the good thing is that i continued to feel better even after we were done with the downhill portion.
it is great to run with jessica. besides being so very nice to talk to (when i’m not puking my lungs out on the hills), she is very knowledgeable about the oc trails, and i feel confident we won’t get lost. as a bonus i get my trail fix and some hill training, which is much needed.
today was 18 miles on the newport-huntington bikepath. i went from the newport pier towards huntington until my garmin said 9 miles, then turned around. i felt tempted to go 2 more miles till the end of the bikepath on warner, and log a total of 22 miles, but decided to save that for next weekend. (my husband brought pizza home and i didn’t wanna miss it!) talk about effortless run. i did it in 11:47 pace, which for me is great on a long run, including walk breaks for clif shot blocks and jelly beans. it was so enjoyable. i had no music (still waiting for that replacement ipod), so i decided to appreciate the small joys. smelling the salt, watching the dogs on the dog beach, feeling the wind, greeting other runners, and just enjoying my thoughts, watching them come and go, no worries, just peace. i am 100% recharged. it is hard to explain this to a non-runner; ‘how can you run for 3 and 1/2 hours and feel recharged?’, they may ask. but i know you understand. i’m riding a high right now, man.