Ok...so Pfitz called for a 15 mile long run. The Trail Club was doing 13.5 miles today. Ended up splitting the difference and finished with 14.15 miles at Will Rogers park.
It was an extremely scenic run with enough varied terrain to whet just about any appetitite. It had it all - scenic fire roads, shady single tracks, descending switchbacks, thigh burning climbs...the works. Hold the pickles.
It was also very warm and sunny out (sorry East Coasters) - knew it right away when we met up with the group near 7am and the temps just continued to rise as the sun did. I ended up finishing my 22 oz bottle of Cytomax at about mile 12 and it became a real struggle from there on out.
Along with battling the heat, tired legs and dehydration, the park was filled with hikers, runners and mountain bikers today to take advantage of this great day. The last couple of miles were also very hilly which had me cursing under my breath for the duration.
Still, it was quite a welcomed change from the drabby run last week. I also ran almost the entirety of it with the lovely Miss Sara, which was nice too. After re-fueling and rubbing elbows with the rest of the group at the finish, Sara and I got cleaned up and had a proper meal at Du-Par's (a famous pancake place here in LA) and enjoyed the great sunny afternoon outdoors.
Malibu Creek 50K in one week (gulp)!