With my foot still not feeling a 100% and the LA Marathon coming up on Sunday, my intentions were to take it real easy this week. Those were my intentions anyway.
After successfully testing out the foot on the treadmill earlier in the week with a meager 5 miles, I was going to follow that up with a couple more single digit runs. Then, my friend Evan and Dave told me that they were gonna do the 25K loop of Malibu Creek that I'd just raced in a week and a half ago. Aw...crap.
I knew it was gonna be a gorgeous spring day (albeit a bit warm out) and I have hard time turning down an invite to run the trails. They assured me they'd take it easy. So...what the hell. 15 or so miles with 3,000+ feet of climbing? Bring it on.
We met up around 8:30am outside the park, and ran the loop easy, taking it nice and slow on the climb as well as the descent down the other end. There was not a cloud in the sky and while it was nice out, the temps quickly climbed and near the end, we were out of fluids (I was carrying 2 handhelds).
Dave getting his feet wet
Evan at the creek cross
Dave and Evan chatting during our 4+ mile climb
Dave and Evan coming down Bulldog
So per Evan's idea (who's a crazy strong runner and won the 50K here a couple of weeks back), we took a plunge into the creek near the finish and man oh man, was it exactly what the doctor ordered (the heat was starting to kill me). After submerging ourselves and "icing" our legs for about 10 minutes or so, we got out and walked back to our cars where my ice cold coke and chocolate milk awaited me. And let me tell ya...it tasted SWEET!
"Icing" in the cold ass creek.
We then drove up to a nearby Subway, shot the shit some more before finally parting ways. Evan's got a 50-miler coming up as does Dave when he attempts his first go at it next weekend at Old Goat (crazy hilly).
In hindsight, I'm glad I did it since I'm not shooting to PR or anything in LA anyway. LA will be a training run more or less to get the time on my feet and a chance to run through my city. Plus, how can you turn down a morning on the beautiful trails of the Santa Monica Mountains with some friends?
Looking forward to LA now and perhaps sneak in one more trail run tomorrow with other friends (I know, I know...get off my back). It's gonna be a great weekend!