Lost and Found

Elysian Park

A favorite run of mine is the three and a half mile loop through Elysian Park along the wide trail off Morton, mostly used by local hip-but-not-hipster area residents as a dog walking path. It's a wide clay path, shaded from the sun, and the…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

Riverside Drive

Sunday. Still tired from yesterday's dehydrating midday heat wave hill run through Griffith Park, today was a somewhat plodding 12.5 miler out my door, down the hill, Allesandro to Riverside to Fletcher, LA River bike path to the end and…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

6 Miles Downtown

My urban loop - the first 6 miles of the LA Marathon route, basically: Dodger Stadium to Sunset Blvd down to Main, Main to 1st, 1st to Grand, Grand to Temple, right on Bellevue and then down to Echo Park, around and back to Sunset. If it were…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

Feet on the Ground

This week I did a handful of gentle, exploratory runs to test how the foot is healing. The runs felt great, each a little better than the last.This week's pictures are not from any of those runs, but from a 50 miler on the San Gabriel River…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

What I Think About When I Think About Riding

Today while riding I thought about what I think about while riding. It was a great example of the self referential pointlessness of most thought. A thought is a form conceived in the mind, rather than a form perceived through the five senses.…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

Your X-Ray is Fine

The nurse left a voicemail: "Your foot x-ray is fine." I'm not sure what that means. Does it mean that it's framed correctly and in focus, or are they trying to tell me there is nothing wrong with my foot and that the swelling is imaginary? Yesterday,…
Coyote

Coyote

I often pass coyotes up on the fireroads climbing the hills through Griffith Park. I see them most early in the mornings, when there aren't other people around and the senses of peace and freedom are greatest. I've come to judge how…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

Injury

Feet are super complicated. Just look at all the bones. Imagine all the tendons and ligaments and other muscle type stuff all those tiny bones need to work correctly. There's a lot of stuff down there. And I've fucked up one of mine. Based…
Me, Cyprus, 1977
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400 Meters

400 meters was my race. For a few years in my teens, I did not lose at that distance. Every race went the same. I'd come out of the second turn and hit the final straight having just pulled into the lead. As I'd pull away, I'd hear cheers.…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

Valley Crest Half Marathon

Valley Crest Half Marathon June 13. Somewhere on the first long climb back up, at about the 4 1/2 mile mark, I tripped over something and did a face plant. This resulted in a decent amount of blood and a bit of hurt.There was a moment while…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

San Diego Rock'n'Roll Marathon

Immediate post race notes:1). I really did not think it was going to be this hot. I reckoned the marine layer would be the same as in LA. I wore the wrong shirt, left my hat behind, and didn't have on any sunblock. Dumb, dumber, dumberer. 2).…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

Honk 4 Juan

Juan is running his first marathon. He's little-kid-at-Christmas excited. He's not sure where to get his bib or what to do. He's come with a whole crew of family, and they are staying at the same hotel as I am. I give him directions to the…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

Labyrinth

The labyrinth at Serra Retreat, a Franciscan Retreat in the hills above Malibu. I spent the afternoon there with an old friend.I'm one of the many who confused a labyrinth with a maze, maybe because of the old story of the Minotaur (examination…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

Valley Crest Half Marathon, training run

A friend is running the Valley Crest Half Marathon on June 13. This will be her first half marathon, so we decided to do a training run on the race course today, up in the Topanga Hills.It's not a mountain ultra, but it's a helluva lot hillier…
Valley Crest Helf Marathon, start

LA River

I've been running and cycling the LA River bike path for a few years. Just like anything repeated over and over again, it can sometimes be a rather boring run. The good news, though, is that all you ever need to do to view something in a completely…