Yesterday was an easy three miles. Went over to Crystal Cove for the weather and the view. It seems that the trails there are *never* crowded. There are no cars. The bikes want to stay on Pacific Coast Highway. There is the occasional runner or family going down to the sand to deal with, but it's a lot nicer than the Back Bay trail. Too bad the trail isn't longer - the max run that can be done here is 5 miles. And that's if you park over in the adjoining neighborhood.
Today is a five miler. Ol' Hal wants me to push it a little - so I'm going to try to push it down toward the bottom of the steady state range according to McMillan - down around 9:45. Saturday and Sunday will be rest days in preparation for Monday's race. I can actually use some rest - my legs and hips are a little sore from this week, even though the mileage is down. There were three days I pushed the pace. The good news is yesterday's easy run really was easy and had an opening mile pace of 9:16 - at a heart rate of about 130! Looks like I'm making progress.