Mileage for the week of May 2nd – May 8th
Total weekly mileage: 21.75
Total May mileage: 21.75
Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 355.75
5/2 24:45 min./3 mi./8:13 pace
5/3 37:21 min./4.5 mi./8:18 pace
5/4 31:09 min./3.5 mi./8:54 pace
5/5 No run (2.32 mile hike)
5/6 37:49 min./4.5 mi./8:24 pace
5/7 29:46 min./3.25 mi./9:10 pace
5/8 25:11 min./3 mi./8:24 pace
It feels so, so good to find my groove again! Building up slow and steady is the way to go. After several weeks with practically zero motivation, I feel refreshed and recharged. There is no pressure either. I’m not registered for any races in the near future and I’m okay with that at the moment.
I am having a hard time adjusting to (and loving) running in the city, though. There are some nice neighborhoods and residential streets that are okay but in order to get to them, I have to cross really busy intersections with traffic lights that take forever to change. For example, my run this morning was 40 minutes but I was gone for 50. Easy math, right? I spent 10 minutes waiting to cross streets!!
When we were looking for places, we made a list of amenities that we wanted. On my list was “easy access to trails.” Los Angeles is full of beautiful canyons and I fantasized about being able to step outside my door and be on a trail within minutes. Sadly, at best, I’m about four miles away from any trailhead which would be at least a 10-minute drive. That’s not terrible considering I used to drive 30 or more minutes to run at Forest Park in Portland. But with traffic, and parking depending on the trail, it feels like more effort. I guess I need to increase my mileage enough so that I can run the four miles there, the four miles back, and still put a few miles in on the trail!