Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Albany





Once again, I am running along the Hudson River in Albany. It is chilly and beautiful.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ascent to Nike Base

Well, today I was prepare to run the 100 mile Pony Express Run in Utah, having talked wife into it, but then my driver became ill. Scott, though, at the last minute said he could do it but I didn't have time to get up to Utah.

Today was a 20-mile ascent to the Nike base with a return down Placerita Canyon with an ascent back up to the Viper trail at Mt. Manzanita. About a 4 1/2 hour run.

These pictures are great when you consider that they are taken in the most populous county in the United States, 14 million people. In 4 1/2 hours, the only people I saw were firemen at the Nike base, where the helicopter jump station is located.
Photo 1
Photo 1 is a view of Fire Station Camp 9 at dawn at the top of the mountain, looking down from the communications tower peak. To the right is the remnant of some of the missile base communications equipment.
Photo 2
Photo 2: View to the north of the Los Angeles basin at dawn; you can see the financial district in the center of the photo, where I work.
Photo 3
Photo 3: View to the north of the Santa Clarita valley, looking at Sand Canyon.
Photo 4
Photo 4: Off the Fire Station is a descent down the mountain. This is the look up the route from which I had just descended. The shot is taken at Bear Divide. The bare trees were burned in a fire three or four years ago, planted there as a WPA project in the 1930s.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

First 100-Miler

OK. I haven't told my wife yet, but next week I am running the Pony Express 100 in Utah. Son Scott will be crew chief. Wife has been wondering why my running has been stepping up in the past few weeks back to obsession level.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

50-mile plus week

Saturday ended another 50-mile plus week, with two days in Livingston, New Jersey.

On Saturday, I didn't have time to run my planned 30-miler so, instead, I ran a "high stress" 15 miler. Based upon an article I read in Runner's World, one could duplicate end-of-run conditions by not fueling or drinking before or after a run. So, I selected my usual loop of Towsley Canyon, but I doubled it to get above 15 miles.

I arrived home from the run ready to pass out, my usual end-of-long-run condition if I don't drink right. There, I was confronted with an extremely poopy diaper I had to immediately change, since none of my children would do so.

I put the kid (I won't say whether it is one of my own or a grandkid) in the bathtub, whereup the kid's sister jumped into the poopy bathtub water.

Ugh.

I've signed up for Boston!