As boring as it might seem running up and down the Santa Ana Bikeway/River Trail, I find it very convenient to train on during the week. What I like most about it is the option of running on the dirt trail that is parallel to the paved path that literally goes all the way to Huntington Beach. I used to do my long 20-milers on this path but now it seems that I typically run here on speed days which are Tues/Thurs, and when I am not in Central Cali. Obviously, speedwork doesn’t allow me to get bored during the run, and if I do, I’m probably not running fast enough.
Tonight on the bikeway, I had one of my longest interval type workouts in a very long time: 6×1-mile. Last week on Tuesday I had to do three repeats and when I finished, I foolishly said, “…probably could have done 6 if I had to.” I guess this is where I should say that I should be careful for what I wish for but then I realized that I only had three the week before because I was coming off of the Marin Ultra Challenge 50 and my coach was probably taking it easy on me. Anyway, like usual, I waste a lot of my day worrying or dreading a workout that ends up being a great run and today was no different. I warmed up for a little over a mile and then continued into my mile repeats, jogging about a quarter mile in between each before cooling down and snapping pics for this post.
Definitely nothing to brag about, just nice to see that I still have a little speed in my legs since running these longer races and I am starting to get excited for my upcoming marathon next month.
Garmin data here