This morning was Short #3 of Short, Short, Short on Easy Week. The weather was the same as yesterday – dreary. BUT, I am not complaining. No siree. I am fortunate that I can run trails. And I am fortunate that even though I am pretty much dirt poor, I can still afford to run (and running ain’t cheap!).
Three short runs back-to-back is so odd to me nowadays. Before and after running, it seemed like I had all the time in the world to tend to other things like laundry, dishes, ab work, weights, etc., etc., and still have plenty of time to get to work.
I ran the same out-and-back today as Tuesday and Wednesday. Entering Wood Canyon from an Aliso Viejo Neighborhood park, I ran up Cholla Trail and ran the rolling hills (in the end not so rolling) of Westridge to Top of the World. I tried to beat yesterday’s time which was 13 minutes faster than Tuesday’s time. But I was a minute slower today than yesterday (that’s still 12 minutes faster than Tuesday!). All is good on the run. I felt strong. And according to my garmin, my fastest pace was 8.25 (that’s down from 9.17 yesterday and 10.39 on Tuesday.) I’m getting faster on the downhills. Oddly, it’s harder to increase my pace on the downhills than it is on the uphills. With the downhills, especially technical downhills (that is rocky, rutted trails) there’s always the fear factor – the fear that I’m going to eat dirt. And I don’t want to eat dirt.