It's pretty great living in Southern California, I ain't gonna lie.
When it's sunny out, my impulse is to always head west to the beach. And that is precisely what I did for this today's run.
Even for an afternoon, Venice Beach (where I started my run) was pretty crowded. Throngs of tourists, weirdos and hipster locals littered the Boardwalk making it virtually impossible to run through. For the early part of my run, I had to move over to the adjacent bike path until I got near the Santa Monica Pier and things opened up a bit.
I continued up north towards Will Rogers Beach going at a steady pace. It was good to get back to run in clean air and exercise along with like-minded runners/bikers/bladers. Aerobically, I felt decent but the legs were still a little heavy from last Sunday's run. But I am really behind on my schedule this week (not that I'm stressing it too much) and wanted to get some mileage in before it was over.
Turned around approximately 5.5 miles in and started the journey back south. Started to feel it a bit on my way down and my left IT band started getting a bit sore inexplicably. I slowed down the pace a little bit, fought back through the crowds, kicked it up the last mile or so and ended up back at my car with exactly 11 miles completed at 8:34 pace.
More running to come this weekend. Still undecided about Pasadena next weekend. To be continued.