Last week was another pretty good week as far as workouts go. I’ve got the Santa Barbara International Half Marathon coming up in a couple weeks, which for a minute I thought maybe I wouldn’t run, but the last couple weeks have changed my mind. I still think it’s going to be a struggle, but I’ll just focus on finishing half marathon #6 and trying to enjoy it. I’m tired of going into these races with half-assed training behind me, so I’m looking forward to ramping up the consistent training and maybe sub-2 during half #7.
Monday – Rest. I ran 8 miles the Saturday before then hiked on Sunday, so I took Monday as a rest day.
Tuesday – Ran 4.5 miles, average pace 9:24 min/mile. I ran along the LA River bicycle path for the first time. The path runs for many miles, so I only saw a small portion of it, but it’s a nice option to have. I do prefer Griffith Park though since there are more runners and more shade and it’s not directly on the freeway. There’s actually a 10K taking place this weekend on the LA River Path, but it’s pretty pricey ($65) so I don’t know if I can swing it. It ends at a brewery though, which I’m all about, and it includes a pint glass and a beer. We’ll see. The money goes to a good cause – The LA River Corporation – and the course is flat so I think I could PR…
Wednesday – Woke up early and drove to the Hollywood Bowl for November Project. We did thirty minutes of stadium stairs with some strength work sprinkled in. I love seeing the Hollywood Sign behind the stage during sunrise.
After NP I drove up to Santa Barbara to spend some time with my family. I took the family dog Pez on a nice long walk on the beach.
Thursday – I woke up in time to get down to the beach for sunrise, and ran 4 miles at a 9:27 pace.
When I got back to LA, Jeremy and I enjoyed a pumpkin beer, my first of the fall season.
Friday – Rest. Jeremy and I drove down to San Diego to spend the weekend with my grandma.
Saturday – I got a late start but still wanted to get a long run in. I ended up running 9 miles at a 10:11 pace. It was 70 degrees and humid, and I was sweating like a crazy person. It was tough, and I made sure not to stop (I paused quickly to take one picture, but that was it). When I was running in Europe I stopped a lot to take pictures and find my way if I got lost. I’m trying to cut that out so I can get more accurate results, which I did on this run. It was a tough one, and made me a little nervous about the SB Half in a couple weeks, but hopefully I can build up my endurance some more in the next week or so, and race day adrenaline will take care of the rest. I had a Salted Caramel GU with me and tried to eat it around mile 6. It really grossed me out and still does when I think about it now, and was only able to get down maybe half of it. I really liked this flavor when it first came out but I think I just got sick of it. Or maybe it was a really old one and it went bad… who knows. I’ll stick to the mocha flavor with caffeine.
That night we had dinner with my aunt, uncle and grandma in Del Mar.
Sunday – Rest. Not ideal, but we got back to LA late afternoon and I decided to take it easy so I could have a good run today. I’m about to go on that run and it’s a little hot out there, so hopefully it’s not too difficult!
Really incredible beach pictures from Thursday, the sky was just perfect!
I cannot imagine running stadiums for 30 minutes straight! Holy cow, so hardcore!
It kicked my butt, for sure. Both weeks I’ve gone so far have involved lots and lots of stairs, I’m guessing this Wednesday will be no different!
All your run views look so gorgeous! Even though you are back in the states you still seem to find the scenic spots:)
I do it on purpose… to keep myself entertained on runs!
Wow. Those beach pictures are amazing and Pez is so cute, too funny that he won’t touch the water at all.
I know! She’s always been like that, it cracks me up.
Nice! Looks like some nice places to run. Love the stair repeats in the Bowl…very cool! Yay for pumpkin beer!!
It’s not really cool enough outside to actually feel like fall, but damn it, I’ll drink pumpkin beer anyway!
Wow – that sunrise run by the beach looks amazing! And I love Rogue beers but I’ve never tried their pumpkin one. Yum!
I highly recommend it!
The dog looks nervous for you in the water! So cute. Awesome pics, I wish we had more places like that to run here.
I get excited about visiting Santa Barbara so I can run near the ocean. I love living so close!
Great week of workouts! Also, any beer that Rogue makes is generally delicious. We have a brewpub of theirs in our neighborhood. I need to check out that pumpkin beer!
You really do, it is so good. We drank another tonight!
I recently found your blog and stalked your whole Europe trip. Looks amazing! I would love to “run the world” someday.
The November Project looks like a lot of fun. And I can only dream of running on the beach every morning…
Thanks so much!! I’ve still got the travel bug so I hope it’s not too long until our next adventure.