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A Good Day December 13, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Training.
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Today was a Richard day. Everything was turning up Richard. It was magnificent. I love these kinds of days.

Let me break it down for you:

First: the weather. LA’s been in the midst of a massive, non-stop, absolutely terrifying storm. It’s true—don’t believe what the others say. It’s far worst than you can imagine. I even had to break out my galoshes. Anyway, I haven’t wanted been able to run because of the downpour, but I needed to get in my long run for the week. So yesterday I had decided that I had pushed it far enough: Sunday was the day, rain or shine, to run 15 miles. Well, I woke up this morning and the sun was out and the sky was blue. It was a brisk 60 degrees. It was perfect.

Second: my awesome new Under Armour leggings. I knew that since I’d be visiting my parents over the holidays, I needed to get some warmer wear. I didn’t want a fleece or any sort of insulating pants—I get warm enough while I run. I just wanted something to protect me from the wind. Leggings are perfect because they’re tight and don’t move as much as track pants might. Plus, they add a layer of warmth for the initial miles, but help keep me cool during the final ones. They’re fantastic in every sense—except looks.

Third: I got a fuel belt. I picked up the Nathan Trail Mix belt; it has room for two 10-ounce bottles and a pouch to hold stuff. It also has a clip, rather than velcro to keep it secure. Let’s cut to the chase: it’s great.

(No photos of it on me, because the fuel belt with the leggings is—wow.)

Fourth: I tried running fuel for the first time. I picked up some Clif Bar goop (real name: Clif Bar Shot Energy Gel). It was the chocolate flavor. I was expecting the worst—after all my friend Kekona tried GU’s version and said it was terrible—but this was great. Well, not great, but good enough. I was happily surprised. It tasted like fudge that you would put on a sundae, and who doesn’t like that?

Fifth: I ran 15 miles and felt fine.

Distance: 15.14 miles
Time: 125:47
Pace: 8:18 mile

Sixth: the totem pole during the run. It’s good luck.

Seventh: lunch. As part of it, I had a giant chocolate chip cookie from Whole Foods. ‘Nuff said.

Close enough. Photo from esthereggy via Flickr.

Eight: dinner. Had pho at my favorite Westside pho joint, Pho 99, with good friends.

Again, close enough. Photo from aJ GAZMEN ツ GucciBeaR [?] via Flickr.

So yeah. It was a good day.

More photos from the run:

At Olympic & Barrington.

Heading South.

This was interesting…

How bizarre. (click for video.)


…and it’s signage.

The Venice Boardwalk.

Where we gather for Roadrunners.

December in Los Angeles. Yeah, we’re lucky.

A little early morning beach volleyball.

You may recognize this from previous routes. It’s always nice to have a familiar path on a long run.

The Brentwood Farmer’s Market.

A great day.



1. Yasmin - December 14, 2009

Were those toilets moderniEf portapotties? 😉

RJL - December 14, 2009

At first I thought they were an art exhibit, then I realized there wasn’t a single art gallery nearby…

Very weird!

2. Karen N. - December 14, 2009

It seems that you still haven’t decided whether you’re writing a marathoning blog or a foodie blog.

So I’ve been thinking about ditching my mom on her birthday so that I can run the last six miles of the marathon with you. Which means that I’m going to have to be in the 8:00/ mile neighborhood by marathon day. If this sounds like a terrible idea, then tell me so. You can also reserve the right to tell me it’s terrible idea later, including at mile 21 on the route on marathon day. I’ll tell you more about my plan if you’re at all interested in having a running partner.

RJL - December 14, 2009

I prefer to think of it as a hybrid marathon/food blog… 🙂

I can’t believe you’re going to ditch your mom on her birthday! Haha, I’m sure she’d understand. If you do want to run the last six miles, I think that’d be fun! Why would it be a terrible idea? Tell me your plan…(email?) But yeah, I guess it’s also dependent on me being conscious by mile 20…

Karen N. - December 14, 2009

Conscious! I’m just hoping the first 20 miles will slow you down to a pace that I can keep up with!

RJL - December 14, 2009

Oh! Haha, yeah… I guess I could get in a groove and be totally zoned out without knowing that I’m running faster… I doubt that, though.

I’ll let you know what my pace on the 20 miler is… That should give you a good idea of what I’ll be like on marathon day.

So what’s the plan?

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