Sorry for the infrequent posts, but not too much exciting is going on on the running front in my little world. There is some bad news/good news. For the bad news – the little storm event that played out toward the end of last December has left the trail infrastructure here in Orange County in a shambles. The word on the street is Laguna Coast Wilderness (closest to home) won’t reopen until sometime in March. Until then, I’m pretty much relegated to road running during the week. The good news is without the hills and uneven footing brought on by trails, my knee seems to be pretty much fully recovered. Now if I could just recover my fitness and speed….
In order to do the latter though, it’s just more nose to the grindstone work. The kind that is boring and mind numbing. Especially when those current 11:30 paces are the best that I can do. Double especially when remembering when 9:45 was a comfortable long run pace. It’s been tough, but I can finally see some progress. I went out for a one hour slow run (about 3 miles out and back, 6 total) last night and watched an amazing sunset. I’ve also dropped about 5 pounds in the last three weeks. So – I think I’ve got the ol’ cruiser turned and headed the right direction. I’m not ready to put races on my calendar yet, but it’s just a matter of being smart and putting in the time.