Sunday, September 07, 2008

Old Black Water

I pretty much stuck to the plan this week but I threw in a lot of walking and dialed back the Saturday long run from 16 to 12. I've pretty much decided to condense the schedule a little. The original planned called for 3 runs of 20 miles or more. I'm dialing that back to only 2.

With my first walk/run of the week happening on Monday, that gave me a good 2.5 days of rest before my Thursday run. It has been pretty warm around here lately so I waited until after 8:00 p.m. to hit the roads. It never seems to fail that school starting brings on a heat wave.

I went over to the equestrian trail in Via Verde for 4 miles. To extend my usual 3 miler I add on a nice quite street on a ridge in the hills of Via Verde. The street is a dead end so traffic is always light and there's a great view of the mountains in one direction and of the valley and downtown LA in the other. The houses on that street are well above the million $ price tag. There have been several empty lots on the street since I've started running there 4 years ago. I was surprised to see two new mini-mansions being built. I used a 2:2 ratio. I was surprised at how out of breath I was at the end of the 2 minute run. I'm not sure if I was running faster since I was running shorter or if I've just deteriorated beyond comprehension.

Saturday I went down to Huntington Beach and ran with my friend Terry and Mike. We all ran the Winter Trail Series together earlier this year. A couple of years ago Terry and I ran together almost twice a week, but it has been a long, long time since we've run a training run together. We kept the pace to something around 11:00 utilizing a 5:1 schedule. The leg had the usual pains around the shin and some extra added bonus tightness on the inside just above the ankle. Grrrrrrrr.

This morning I went over to Bonelli (I just can't give that place up) for an easy 3 miler on the trail. I set the watch for 3:1. I have no idea how long it took, but it felt pretty easy.

When all was said and done I passed the 7000 mile mark for lifetime miles (June 2003 to present).

Next week I will be traveling for work. It is a multi destination trip. The traveling will offer me the option of giving my leg some R&R. I do enjoy getting my run on when I'm out of town though. So, I will pack my running clothes and see what kind of opportunities present themselves.

The post title refers to the Doobie Brother song. On the way to the beach I was listening to classic rock. I always loved the harmonies of that song. The song brought back memories of buying 45's at the Ben Franklin downtown. My sisters and I would listen to those records over and over and try to figure out the lyrics. I laugh now thinking about how scandalous the band name was back in the day. Compared to some of the music of today the whole thing seems sort of tame and mellow.

10 comments:

Wes said...

Keep working it bro! We'll take slow over being re-injured ANYDAY!!

Annette said...

7000 miles! Wow - that's quite a landmark. I'm glad you're still able to run. Pay attention to those aches and pains and don't let anything get worse! Take care of yourself!

Lisa said...

Oh my God, you are SO OLD!!! lol... we should have gone to the fair last night to see the Doobie Bros!!! :) Oh well...

Now, before you go out of town, call and get that leg looked at, will you?

Ryan said...

That's some solid running in some great locations. I haven't heard the name Doobie Brothers tossed around in a long time, good stuff ;-)

Anne said...

Oh my...I bought my 45s at a Ben Franklin too. And now, of course, I've got the final lyrics in my head. "I'd like to hear from funky Dixieland, pretty Mama come and take me by the hand..."

Joe said...

"Mississipi moon, won't you keep on smilin' on me??"

I saw your blog title and immediately went to that song.

The lower run/walk ratios seem to engender less pain, eh? That may be key. Shoot, it IS key. I wouldn't sweat the "breathlessness" up on the McMansion hill. You'll get on top of that. 2, not 3, 20 milers also sounds wise.

Hope your trip is/was good. Keep those dentists happy. Gotta tell you sometime about a new dental product we just introduced...no competition...might even make some busines for you!!

Soo family said...

Someday I'll be telling my kids how I used to have to buy my music on *CD*. : )

Joe said...

Oh man!! I forgot to compliment you on the 7,000 mile mark lifetime!!! Wow, lots of folks don't get that much mileage out of a set of tires!!!!!

Keep rolling...just like that Old Black Water!!!

Rae said...

7,000 miles! Wow! Huge congrats. I wonder where 7,000 miles away from your house is??? Keep that leg healthy!

Jean said...

Darrell, congratulation for passing such an impressive milestone! 7000 career miles is awesome. Keep doing what you are doing! :)