Day Six of 2012 La Marathon Training

An article on my 6th day of training with Team to End AIDS for the 2012 LA Marathon. This day has me coming back to Los Angeles and Griffith Park and also has all of us running in the aftermath of the Santa Ana winds.

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I was wondering if any of us would get into Griffith Park this weekend as it sounded like every tree in it had collapsed and blocked the roads leading into it. For those who didn’t know, the Santa Ana winds wreaked havoc on the Los Angeles area this past week ripping trees out of their roots, collapsing power lines and destroying all sorts of property with no mercy. Fortunately the winds had died down (if only a little), and getting into the park on December 3, 2011 was not a problem.

It was nice to be back with the Twisted Blisters after a week away, although many were not able to make it due to unforeseen circumstances or illnesses that they have not yet vanquished (darn flu season!). In the end, five in our pace group showed up to participate in our first double digit run. That’s right; today we were running 10 miles!

With us Team to End AIDS runners now enter double digit territory, it became more important than ever to have water and food on us as we would need to replenish our bodies once we were 45 minutes into our run. We needed to have something to eat as it would not take us long to burn through the calories we already had supplied for ourselves beforehand. Hydrating our bodies has taken on major importance from the start, but now it became a necessity we were not allowed to run without water.

Our run today had us going through part of Glendale where the houses were really nice and expensive looking. Running down Cumberland Avenue (or Cumberland Drive, I don’t remember) had us looking at homes that the coaches say we would be buying once we got rich or “made it big.” Mocking hilarity ensued as we passed one large house on a hill which looked quite nice and said:

“That’s where the poor people live!”

“Makes you feel sorry for the hardships they have to endure, huh?”

“Some people have it way too hard.”

After denying us the hills we needed (but didn’t really want) to run, we got some good ones today. The first was one of those deceptive hills where you don’t realize right away you’re running up one. But once we finished that one, we found ourselves going up another which was far steeper than what we had to deal with previously. It brought back vivid memories of running up that hill in Oak Hill Park during my Cross Country days at Monte Vista High School which had my legs burning up with an intensity I can never erase from my mind. Granted, I’ve been looking forward to the challenge of hills, but now I wonder what the heck I was thinking in the first place.

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