Best Winter in Years – for Training


Paul and Sky in the Pasadena Mountains

It has been an unbelievable winter in Southern California for running and training in general. I can’t tell you how many times in the last three weeks, I have been training with one of the athletes I coach, and the new day is even better than the time before. We have run in it all, wind, rain, cool, warm and hot days.

Today was a cold morning after the winds ripped through here. The air was crystal clear, the creeks are flowing, the birds were chirping and trails were fresh. The old footprints were washed away by Saturday’s rain and there is a whole new look to hills. So I got on the phone, called Paul, hopped in the car and hit the trailhead.

Paul brought Sky along for the run. We followed a local creek on an uphill trek for 3 miles. It was difficult keeping my cadence at 90 on the trail with all the rocks and roots. I used my ChiRunning® short strides and arms to help me climb the trail. When we stopped Sky needed a swim. We threw sticks into a pool and watched Sky retrieve.
We turned around and headed home with clean air in our lungs and feeling lucky to have all this in our backyard. My Chi was renewed.

I liked it is so much I decided to use this trail for a Group Run. How about a pre Super Bowl run? Check the Monthly Trail Run link for a Sunday, February 5, 2006, trail run. We’ll start at 8:30 a.m.

Train Focused,



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