Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Of Harbor Seals and Awesome

I absolutely love running here.  I knew I would; the anticipation was killing me for the last few months on the east coast.  The reality though, was and is so much better than I thought it would be.  I honestly cannot believe that my daily run takes me to this view:


The seals have been pupping lately so it's not unusual to catch a glimpse of a wee one learning how to swim.  Generally though, they do a lot of lounging around.  Sea otters are not uncommon either.  I make it a point to stop every time I hit this little observation point; I figure the loss in "fitness" with regards to stopping is well outweighed by the fitness of spirit gained.

I got a new toy in the mail this week:



Absolutely love it.  Obviously it was way more than I needed for a 7 mile run like I did today, but for testing purposes I took it along.  Almost zero bounce and it was nearly full.  It comes with a small little bottle for GU or HammerGel.  I'm looking to experiment with various diluted quantities of that and frankly get tired of having GU packet-trash left in my pocket after my runs.

I'm planning on taking it out for a more serious spin on Sunday for the weekly long run, and after that I'll drop a full report but as of right now I'm a big fan.  I had used a handheld version before and in fact that's what I took with me during the Marine Corps Marathon, but I wasn't really comfortable with it.

As for training in general, things are soooo much easier than they were at this time last year.  I really feel like I'm getting something out of each and every run.  I'm averaging about 40 miles a week with two days of speed work of some kind whether it's a tempo or the old Yasso 800's.  I pretty much totally neglected speed work last year and I also believe I ran my long runs entirely too fast, which resulted in a painful, though not entirely miserable final five marathon miles.

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