Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Friday, March 6, 2015

Same Run, Different Route

Still struggling with the muscle pain in my thigh. There were 3 days of running on the LA Road Runners schedule this week, but I couldn't manage to do all three. Today was run #2 and it was another semi-painful run. I stopped a ton. 

The scenery was just a little bit different than Tuesday's green run. Today there was lots of pavement, warehouses, semi-trucks and train tracks. 

I tried to take a picture of myself in that mirror above. I was going so fast, I barely caught myself in the bottom corner of the mirror. 

Waiting for the train. A welcome mid-run break!

Even though I'm struggling with my runs these past couple of weeks, I know that over all I'm a stronger runner than I was a few months ago. When I first started running again, I'd run  2 or 2 1/2 miles and call it good. Now my short runs are at least 4 miles. When I don't want to go out to run I negotiate with myself that I'll just go to this intersection (2 mile turnarournd point) and head back. Four miles is my new minimum. 

There's a pedestrian bridge at the intersection that I want to believe is great "speedwork". There really aren't any other hills in the area, so I'll take what I can get. I do get a nice kick in my heart rate running up the bridge.

The view from the top: 

I missed this little memorial on my run to the turnaround point. It was still early so it may have been too dark to notice. I hope the person who died here wasn't out for their morning run. Whoever he was, may he rest in peace. (I've always wondered if this practice of setting up impromtu altars where someone died common everywhere or is it a Southern California thing?)
Total of 4. 2 miles at a 12:45 pace. Felt a little better than Tuesday but not by much. At least I can cross this homework off my LARR workout assignments. 

Surprise, surprise. Eggs over-easy on toasted corn tortillas with homemade salsa. My go-to post run breakfast lately forever. 

Off to foam roll and figure out how to ice this dang Sartorius muscle thing. 

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