I woke with a sore throat and considered not running. Every time I run with a sore throat it seems that I get sicker and lose more time from training. But I’ve already lost so much time. I must get in the miles. There really is no time to lose. I dosed up on the vitamin C, got the boys breakfast and off to school before making my decision. I chose to change my original grueling hill training run for a more relaxed 12 mile run.
I didn’t take any pain relievers so that I could tell whether my throat worsened. And I debated whether to drive up into the mountains for The Candy Store Run or to run local trails. Wanting a change of scenery, I decided against the mountains (because there’s the extra 2 hours driving time), and chose parks I don’t often run: Laguna Wilderness and Crystal Cove.
These two parks are rather popular, much more than Aliso/Wood Canyons (my stomping grounds). I think the reason for the popularity is the vast ocean views most of the trails provide. I suppose they aren’t among my favorites because I live at the seaside. Standing on my front porch I can see a sliver of the ocean. If I walk a short block and a half up, I have literally a 180 degree ocean view (my town is kind of in a giant cove).
My throat hurt when swallowing, my calves and shins tightened with each step I ran down toward the sea. Stopping twice to stretch, I decided the tightness was probably early signs of plantar fasciitis rearing its ugly head again. I decided to tape my arches once I reached the ranger station approximately 3.5 miles away. Then as if instantly, at 1.5 miles, my calves and shins felt perfectly fine.
Very soon, I ran in awe of the coastal beauty. I was also surprised how many hikers I came upon on this weekday morning – dozens.
Not wanting to waste time, I decided to skip taping at the ranger station. Instead, I ran out to the ocean for a quick glimpse of what I take advantage of every day. The water was a gorgeous deep blue. White water rushed up to my feet. I jumped back to avoid wet shoes. Then I stopped briefly to run my hand through the fine sand in search of beach glass. (Yes, we collect beach glass in our home.) Coming up empty handed I ran back underneath the highway and headed up to Moro Ridge. I decided on B.F.I. (Big F****ing Incline) to take me there. The trail is named appropriately.
Relieved to finally make the ridge, I soon ran right back down to near sea level because I simply have to run El Moro Canyon. It’s not quite a brutal run, and it’s beautiful down there. Only thing is, since I had run all the way back down, all my B.F.I. progress was lost, and I had to climb back out. I forgot all about my throat. It felt good to have sweat run down my face.
I took Nice and Easy Trail for the final ascent which wasn’t easy at all, though it was nice. I suppose it was easier than the alternative, Elevator Trail. The trail I took lasted so long however, that I wished that I had chosen Elevator, which gets you to the ridge REALLY quickly.
I’m delighted I changed my plans today instead of resting up. Yes, today’s run was still a tad grueling. But it was WELL worth it. I’ve got both arches taped up tonight. And best thing is, I don’t have a sore throat right now. Here’s to hoping I can stay well!