Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Running to Keep Up With the Joneses***

This is how motivated I am this week: Yesterday I'd driven almost 300 miles RT to Bakersfield for a loooong day at work, finally got to bed around 2am and still leapt out of bed at 6am this morning to do my 8 mile long run today. (I'm not paid hourly. I worked an 18 hour day for the price of 8. Blech.) My run today didn't feel super fantastic, nevertheless  I was impressed with myself that I was actually out doing it. There would be no racing the G-man today.

After a stop at the donut shop for a bagel I drove 28 miles over to Santa Monica to run Palisades Park. Palisades Park is 1.5 mile strip of grass at the top of the bluff above the Santa Monica beach. The view of the ocean up the coast to Malibu was awesome and the weather was perfect.

I ran 1.5 miles the length of the bluff, then took a steep downhill street that led me to Pacific Coast Hwy at the bottom of the bluff, where I had to take the below underground tunnel to cross PCH to get to the beach path. I ran on the beach path back the length of the bluff, then climbed the steps from the beach back up onto the bluff and ran on the bluff again up and back (two lengths). Seven miles total one mile short of what was scheduled.  


This run was the first time I have ever had to take multiple--THREE!!--bathroom breaks. Luckily there were tons of public restrooms and I was able to pick and choose my stops. I tried to only stop at the end of a completed mile. Today's times:

Mile 1 11:18
Mile 2 11:07
Mile 3 11:31
Mile 4 10:47
Mile 5 11:50
Mile 6 11:46
Mile 7 10:53

There is one thing that is still at the top of my to-do list and that is to find a running group. Today there were a ton of groups out running together and it had me SO wishing I could be one of those cool kids.

After the run I cooled down by walking down to the end of the Santa Monica Pier. My post-run fuel was a ginormous cup bucket of diced fruit: mango, jicama, coconut, watermelon, oranges and pineapple from a fruit cart vendor on the pier.

 And because it was from a Mexican fruit cart vendor, there was also lemon juice, chili powder and salt added. Deeelishous.
***Greg over at Locker 29 has been finding and posting a lot of really cool runs in his North Carolina 'hood lately. I was totally jealous until I remembered that live near pretty cool surroundings and should spice up my runs too. 

Today's run was a success!


  1. Way to bust out that last mile FAST! That fruit cup/bucket sounds like the perfect finish to a solid run!

    I'm always such a paranoid freak when running in unfamiliar territory about making sure there are bathrooms and water fountains. I feel like as long as those two things are within a mile or two, I'm gonna be okay! ha!

  2. I tip my hat to you, lady! I would have stayed snuggled in bed after an 18 hour day, so you are hard core!

    That fruit looks sooooo good!

  3. Great run! Always nice to mix it up and run somewhere cool like that.

    If you lived closer, I'd say to join our group out here in the IE. But yeah, running groups are great.

    Speaking of the IE... the Mission Inn Half Marathon is next Sunday :) Only 45 bucks. The course seems pretty cool. I've done the 10K the last two years but this year am doing the half (last year was the first year they added the half).

  4. Thanks for the shoutout. And, Yes!! You have some great places to run near you too! I took a trip to the bay area this fall, and I really want run in the Bay Area. BTW: that road trip, and run was hard core! I havn't heard anything from to orgainizers of the 5k last weekend. Just got a robo post race survey. They got an ear full! They listed the race at the distance run and not as a 5k, so I guess it won't matter too much for me. But this was a points race for a one of the runners series, so I am sure that I wasn't the only person miffed about it.

    Keep up the good work! I am really glad that you found my blog. I always look forward to your comments!

  5. P.S. I do realize that your are not in the Bay area. It is just that it is the closest point of reference that I have. I've only been to the West Coast the one time.

  6. Glad to have found your blog. I'm a back of the packer too. Finding a running group is a great choice. I ran a few years without one, didn't think I needed one. I finally joined a group 2 years ago, and have met the greatest people.