Hey y'all. Sorry for the lack of updates. Things have been crazy busy these past few weeks. Of course, there was that little trip overseas to South Africa and the Comrades Marathon (more on that in a later post). But after that glorious 2 weeks away, I've done nothing but hit the ground running (figuratively speaking, mostly). It's good to be back in LA though.
Not a whole lot to say on the running front - and for a change, I'm actually happy to report that. Truth be told, I've started to feel a little burnt out on races leading up to Comrades. Not that I was logging a whole of mileage per se. I guess I was just feeling like I had to have the big race in mind each and every time I laced up. Add to it that almost 100% of my training was on roads and the real reason why I love to run was starting to get lost.
My new orange tires.
Now with no races in the future, I have the freedom to run in my favorite dirt-packed single track and fire roads of my backyard in the Santa Monica Mountains. As far as I want, as long as I want. I'm also in the process of breaking in my new Brooks Racer ST 5. Ugly as sin but flashy as hell and fun to run in. Still prefer my New Balance MT 101s for the shorter stuff but for longer distances, I think these 8.6 ounce shoes will come in handy.
Speaking of the longer stuff, I'm super excited about pacing my buddy Dave Chan in the Angeles Crest 100 in late July. From what little I saw last year, it's a very beautiful but challenging course and I look forward to seeing much more of it in person this year.
Finally, best of luck to all those running/pacing/crewing at Western States 100 this weekend. Gonna be fun to follow along and see the epic battle between Geoff Roes and Kilian Jornet go down. While Geoff is probably America's top ultrarunner right now and has yet to lose in a 100 mile race, something tells me it may be the Spainard's time. Just a hunch.
Either way, best of luck to both and everyone else. And as always, thanks for stopping by to read this.