Tag Archive | hiking

Sitton Peak is easy, fun and blissful

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Yesterday with a couple of hiking/trail running friends, I ventured out to Ortega mountain. Destination: Sitton Peak in Cleveland National Forest! As I am getting into trail running without any reservation as part of injury recovery process (easy on my joints) and benefits from running uphills (interval uphill run), I took my time hiking and trail running up Bear Canyon Trail to Sitton Peak. Read More…

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3rd Week of 20-Week Training and EIR (Exercise-Induced Rhinitis)

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The 3rd week came and went so quickly that it felt like as if it never came. But it certainly did, because I was able to rack up 40 miles, largely thanks to the last Monday’s 11 miler. And I was able to finish the week by running the scheduled 12 miles, regardless of how tired my legs were at about the 10.3 mile mark. So, it came, and I did my runs, and now that it’s gone, I am looking forward to this week’s training. Read More…

2nd Week of 20-Week Training and 2015 Boston Marathon

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In terms of training, the 2nd week had been very good till I went hiking last Saturday. I decided to do ECBOS. Distance wise, it wasn’t very long, only 18.5 miles with 6,400 feet elevation gain and loss, but the falling rocks and steep, land sliding hillside while coming down the ridge and the rocky canyon weren’t what I was expecting. In spite of a full day’s rest yesterday, I was still fatigued. And a long day at work today didn’t help either, but in celebration of today’s 2015 Boston Marathon, I went ahead and made up for yesterday’s missing 11 miles. Read More…

Pre-Training and 2016 Boston Qualifiers

The training for the last two weeks has been okay. Could’ve been better, but I haven’t been able to keep up with the schedule because of in part long hours at work for the last couple of weeks, which totally drained my desire to put my gear on and step out for the scheduled runs, and in part the great hike to San Jacinto Peak that I did last Saturday (you can read all about it here), but usually a hike like that involves a long drive both ways and my lower back is a wreck by the time I get home, and of course, last Saturday wasn’t an exception. Read More…

10.42 mile run 2 months prior Surf City Marathon

10.42 miles with a few raindrops on my shoulders


It was a long mile run day. 11 miles. Because I sort of skipped a 4 mile run prior to this, by doing a strenuous hike on the day after Thanksgiving, which involved a 5,500 plusĀ  feet elevation gain with close to 20 miles, part of me was quite anxious to see if I could run more than 10 miles without having a plantar fasciitis relapse because the Surf City Marathon is coming whether or not I am ready. Read More…

Easy Thanksgiving Day Run with Strides

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I am thankful for the fact that I’ve recovered from plantar fasciitis and can run without having relapses. I must say though that I can run long miles and do strenuous hikes with sole support. I walked in sandals along the beach in Malibu last Sunday and my left foot was having very slight discomfort in 20 minutes, which showed that, without good sole support, my left foot is not healed enough to take on even a short stroll. Read More…

3 mile recovery run on day of 2014 NYC Marathon

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I had a feeling that I could run. And I wanted to run. It was a recovery run time. At least 2-3 miles, I told myself.

The temperature has dropped due to the rain Friday night, so I decided not to go hiking Saturday morning while giving my left foot more time to rest. So, part of me wanted to make up for the lack of outdoor exercise and also to see where it is at in terms of my left foot’s recovery progress. Like I noted in the previous post, it has been already over a month since the injury occurred, and as a matter of fact, I have seen a gradual recovery progress, including the recent 10 minute runs on the treadmill. But I couldn’t hold it back any longer. It was time to put it to the test. In the street. Even just for 3 miles. Read More…