I scrapped the TTR Esperero Canyon run for tomorrow. With 2 weeks out from my marathon, I thought it would be better to do 2 'back to back' runs that are a little shorter. It is billed as an advanced run, and I decided that I didn't want to risk any problems at this point. Plus, I thought the Catalina State Park training run, which was held today in preparation for the upcoming race on April 11th, would be a good run to get in before the Bataan marathon. The course is just filled with sand, and well, so is Bataan.
So, I showed up to do the 10.75 mile course and ran into Martinho, who I haven't seen in a while. He just celebrated his 61st birthday and is so fast, that he usually places in his age group in most races. He ran with me the whole time, even though I was slower. There were only about 2 or 3 other people doing the longer course, with most of the 30 or so people that showed up opting for the 5.5 mile training run. I didn't even recognize anyone else there. Martinho and I looked out of place though; at 45 degrees this morning, we were the only ones with tanks on - everyone else looked dressed for winter! I warmed up pretty quickly, so I was glad I didn't overdress.
It looked like it was going to rain the entire time, but we lucked out. As soon as I drove away from the trailhead, it started pouring!
We ended up doing about 10.5, but I kept it slow to keep from wiping myself out before the run tomorrow. The total elevation gain was 1,237, so it was pretty mellow. Just watch the sand, though! It will wear you out.
Tomorrow, I plan on doing about 16-18 miles, ending up with about 42 - 44 miles for the week. Then, taper time!