Saturday I started the day off with a long 14-mile run. I headed up to Challenger Park where I met Dylan Jaedtke and ran with him for about 8 miles, then headed back home. I have made a lot of great friends through running and Dylan was one of the first. It is awesome that I can come home and many of my friends are still out there putting in the miles of trials and we can share that together. I suppose there will be a day that we won’t be able to run together anymore (hopefully many years from now) but we will always have great memories to share.
After the run, my mom and I went to the CIF-SS Finals meet at Cerritos Community College to join my father in timing the meet (Royal Results) and to watch Royal Highlanders Travis Edwards and Robert Davis. Travis was 5th in the 1600m with a new PR of 4:12.97 and Robert Davis ran 1:55 and change in the 800, also setting a new personal record. Travis looked really good and I think he has a 4:10 in him in the next couple weeks.
Sunday I went on a 40 mile bike ride, my longest yet. I went into Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park and was able to ride over 30 of the miles on roads with bike lanes. Later in the afternoon I met up with Dustin Patterson to do some lifting. Dustin has gained 10 lbs of muscle easy (mostly in his arms and chest) since I last saw him. He bench pressed almost twice as much as I did and I am still sore today.
I started Monday off with a workout at the track: I had 6 800’s planned. After a 2-mile warm up and 6 strides, I started off. I thought it would be pretty good if I could average 2:20 with a lap jog rest. 2:22, 2:20, 2:19, 2:20, 2:19, 2:16. I felt pretty good so after another lap jog, I ran 2 x 200 in 29.9 and 28.9. Happy with the workout.
Spent the rest of the day in Ventura with family and good food. I wanted to ride the triathlon’s bike course while I was in town, but forgot to bring my bike shoes! Kinda bummed about that… I am sure I will find my way out to Ventura again before the race.
My brother is getting married on Saturday and I am the best man. I am really excited for him and my soon-to-be sister-in-law. We are heading up to Davis, Ca on Thursday and will be pretty busy until Sunday. My parents, girlfriend, myself, and some other friends will do some wine tasting in Napa Valley after the wedding. Should be a great, long?? weekend!
Now I need to start writing my best man speech!
Some great words…
Remember that you’re not out to impress anybody, you’re not a time, ranking or statistic. You are simply a person reaching for something better. A person reaching for something real, visceral and pure. It’s easy to get lost along the way. It’s easy to get wrapped up and lose sight of what’s right in front of you. So, if you’re one of the dedicated few like me and you can relate to these ideas, then take a step back for a second. Put your sneakers on. Go for a run on your favorite route and take a look at who you’ve become. Be immediately present in that run, even for just moment if you can. Take a deep breath, kick up the tempo a notch and say to yourself, “Live it up”.