We've had a lot of rain in Southern California this weekend, so all my usual OC Velo weekend rides where cancelled. However, since it cleared up for most of Saturday afternoon, I figured it was the perfect time to dress in black and run a 10K.
When it rains in Southern California, the storms can leave just as fast as they come. But the storms are usually followed by high winds, and yesterday was no exception. Throughout the afternoon there were 10 to 15 MPH gusts coming in off the ocean. And since the wetlands are right across the Coast Highway from the beach, I felt the full force of the wind during much of my run.
It was also still very wet. The trails that crossed well drained land were fine - there were only few puddles to contend with. However, the trails in the lowlands with less drainage were still very muddy with at least an inch of muck on the trail surface.
The kicker was that all the "dry" trails where exposed to the wind. The muddier trails where somewhat sheltered, but it didn't really matter because I was sliding around like crazy with every step.
But the conditions where what they where. I simply found my inner Man Vs. Wild and ran. However, this run definitely kicked my butt. Sliding around in the mud made for some serious quad busting and calf burning action. That said, I still managed to keep a smile on my face, at least most of the time. My final time was 52 minutes, 13 seconds.
Was this my fastest 10K? No. Was it a super fun Saturday afternoon run? Must definitely. In fact, I'd trade a route with conditions like this for speed (almost) anytime.
Thanks to Stefano a/k/a The Black Night for hosting this race, I really enjoyed taking part. Since it's a holiday week (which might give you some extra free time) and you will probably be eating an insane amount of food on Thursday that needs to be burned off, this race might be something you might want to fit into your training schedule. The race ends next Sunday, so you've got plenty of time