TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Change of Plans

I woke with a sore throat and considered not running.  Every time I run with a sore throat it seems that I get sicker and lose more time from training.  But I’ve already lost so much time.   I must get in the miles.  There really is no time to lose.  I dosed up on the vitamin C, got the boys breakfast and off to school before making my decision.  I chose to change my original grueling hill training run for a more relaxed 12 mile run. 

I didn’t take any pain relievers so that I could tell whether my throat worsened.  And I debated whether to drive up into the mountains for The Candy Store Run or to run local trails.  Wanting a change of scenery, I decided against the mountains (because there’s the extra 2 hours driving time), and chose parks I don’t often run:  Laguna Wilderness and Crystal Cove. 

These two parks are rather popular, much more than Aliso/Wood Canyons (my stomping grounds).  I think the reason for the popularity is the vast ocean views most of the trails provide.  I suppose they aren’t among my favorites because I live at the seaside.  Standing on my front porch I can see a sliver of the ocean.  If I walk a short block and a half up, I have literally a 180 degree ocean view (my town is kind of in a giant cove). 

Running No-Name Ridge into Crystal Cove:

My throat hurt when swallowing, my calves and shins tightened with each step I ran down toward the sea.  Stopping twice to stretch, I decided the tightness was probably early signs of plantar fasciitis rearing its ugly head again.  I decided to tape my arches once I reached the ranger station approximately 3.5 miles away.  Then as if instantly, at 1.5 miles, my calves and shins felt perfectly fine. 

Very soon, I ran in awe of the coastal beauty.  I was also surprised how many hikers I came upon on this weekday morning – dozens. 

A quick pose before final descent to the ranger station:

Not wanting to waste time, I decided to skip taping at the ranger station.  Instead, I ran out to the ocean for a quick glimpse of what I take advantage of every day.  The water was a gorgeous deep blue.  White water rushed up to my feet.  I jumped back to avoid wet shoes.  Then I stopped briefly to run my hand through the fine sand in search of beach glass.  (Yes, we collect beach glass in our home.)  Coming up empty handed I ran back underneath the highway and headed up to Moro Ridge.  I decided on B.F.I. (Big F****ing Incline) to take me there.  The trail is named appropriately.

Onward to the ocean:

Relieved to finally make the ridge, I soon ran right back down to near sea level because I simply have to run El Moro Canyon.  It’s not quite a brutal run, and it’s beautiful down there.  Only thing is, since I had run all the way back down, all my B.F.I. progress was lost, and I had to climb back out.  I forgot all about my throat.  It felt good to have sweat run down my face. 

I took Nice and Easy Trail for the final ascent which wasn’t easy at all, though it was nice.  I suppose it was easier than the alternative, Elevator Trail.  The trail I took lasted so long however, that I wished that I had chosen Elevator, which gets you to the ridge REALLY quickly.

Running Crystal Cove Loop 2-1-2013, Elevation - DistanceRunning Crystal Cove Loop 2-1-2013

I’m delighted I changed my plans today instead of resting up.  Yes, today’s run was still a tad grueling.  But it was WELL worth it.  I’ve got both arches taped up tonight.  And best thing is, I don’t have a sore throat right now.  Here’s to hoping I can stay well! 

6 comments:

  1. Elevator is CRAZY. I can barely hike up, no chance I could run it.

    Maybe the run cured your throat ;)

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    1. The only good thing about Elevator is that it is less distance to the top. LOL. Maybe we can "run" it together on a group run one of these days.

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  2. way to keep that pf at bay! mine sometimes goes away after warming up too, but always makes me nervous. glad you got your run in!

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    1. Thanks Average Woman Runner. I am especially cautious of PF nowadays. I do not let tight calves and shins go unnoticed. And thanks to your advice, I've got the taping down. It helps so much. Even if I wait too long, I start taping at bedtime, and all is good very quickly :)

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  3. You know, one of these days we're bound to cross paths. I was up there on Wednesday....

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    1. Funny Glenn! I ran upon somebody that I thought may be you. But since I met you in person a couple years ago at Harding Hustle, I quickly compared faces in my mind and realized the guy was not you. I'm sure we will run across ea. other one of these days. Look for my pack. I always wear the light blue hydration pack (on 10+miles) and I almost always wear my cap backwards. : ) AND if you see a silver spider knife shimmering in the sun (hanging on my front strap) then it's most likely me for sure. Ps. I always pick the best pictures for this blog, so I will definitely look more haggard than I do in my posts. :)

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