Two weeks ago we had the privilege of dog sitting for my brother in law, and so I had the company of Brooklyn on a few of my runs that week. Wednesday we ran from the house up to Mt Lowe and back. She was quite the trooper. Aprox: 16 miles, 4,000 ft of elevation gain.
On Friday Dominic, Peter, and I (with a late cameo by Chris) ran up Mt. Wilson. The snow was fresh and fluffy, and Dom (aka Mr. Unicorn) and I kept up the pace to make it a solid 25 miles with 6,600 feet of gain. It was a great day out in the mountains!
I took Saturday off because my knee was feeling a bit stiff, and Sunday I rode the bike up Mt Lowe Rd. Monday morning I ran up Castle Canyon, and could not help but to go for a little off trail adventure that included some 3rd and 4th class scrambling. The route would have been perfect had there not been thick bush-wacking to top out on brier ridge. I don't know if its really worth going back.
|note the bandaged toe.|
Tuesday I went climbing with Jess at the Riverside Quarry. We got in one route before I split my toe open on a rock. Lame! Wednesday I went out to do a bit of spring skiing with my sister. The weather was warm, but Mt. Baldy was empty, so we got in as many runs as we wanted. When I got home I put in one lap on lower steep and cheap to lower Sam Merrel and then back home.
Friday I ran up to Echo Mountain for a quick outing before work.
Saturday I did some cross training in the morning and ran up the Sunset ridge trail after work with Jess.
Over all, I feel rejuvenated after these last two weeks, and I am ready to jump back in to training to get ready for Leona Divide . I have learned to really listen to my body when it comes to training, and it was good for me to take a step back from running and enjoy other hobbies in the mountains. I look forward to putting in some bigger mileage weeks in the next month so I can give my all in the next race.
P.S. In future posts I will be more precise with my mileage and elevation, my watch recently broke and I am awaiting a new one in the mail.