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Round and round and round

The original plan was to run 24 miles, but what's another 2, to squeeze in an impromptu marathon at years' end? 12 laps around the reservoir. 26.22 miles. You wouldn't think it would be an interesting run, but it was. I was out there longer…
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Oops. I Did it Again.

Usually when I run at night, I run trails. I have to pay attention when I do this, feel the ground with my feet, piece that information together with fragments I see under the moonlight or might remember from having run the trail before in…
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LA Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon

I couldn't run this inaugural event, so I got up early, headed down to the corner of Sunset & Logan in Echo Park, took photos (a gallery of which can be seen here) and cheered.It was fun. The course surrounded my neighborhood, I've run almost…
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Riverside Drive #2

Alessandro down to Riverside. Riverside to Fletcher. The new, yet-to-be-opened LA River Bike Path down 'till it ends, and then back up through Frogtown to Riverside, Alessandro, and home. 8 miles. Alessandro runs alongside the 2 freeway,…
Echo Park Rain

First Rain

Sometime today we are supposed to have the first rain of the season. It was supposed to start light yesterday and turn into thunderstorms by this morning, but they keep pushing it back. I guess it's lingering in Santa Barbara.The first rain…
Hollywood Sign

Run to the Hollywood Sign

Sunday morning, 6:30 am, a small bunch of us gathered at A Runner's Circle for the monthly run to the Hollywood Sign. I was running on tired legs - this was my third hill run in as many days - so I happily volunteered to sweep. A few of…
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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…