Silverlake Run

Before this run, I had my last run last Wednesday, 09 July (“Singing In The Rain”) at The Fort and BHS loop. The reason why I did not run after this was the big rash I had with my left inner thigh. This experience gave me a lesson to always apply petroleum jelly on my groin and upper thigh areas where I expect the lower edge of my running shorts would rub with my legs. The rash was big and deep which gave me pain when I wear my pants. Anyway, I decided not to run until my rashes would show some signs of being cured. For the past days, I’ve veen Neosporin Ointment and it is getting healed. I think I need to try using Body Glide.

Watching the elite ultramarathoners during the Badwater Ultramarathon inspired me to run some more and later try going to ultramarathon. The urge to run immediately after the Badwater experience was so intense but I was still in pain with my rashes. I need more time to rest to let my rashes heal before going back to running. So, yesterday afternoon, I decided to run even if my rashes were not yet fully healed.

It took me some time to prepare myself. I had stretching inside the house and later put a lot of petroleum jelly on my thighs most especially on top of the rashes I had. I started to run at 6:34 PM and the sun was still high above the western horizon and it was still hot. The temperature was 72-75 degrees Fahrenheit and it is really summer in LA. The sun sets at 8:30 PM and I thought that the late afternoon sun’s heat will just be perfect for my running.

From the house, I proceeded to Echo Park where a yearly Lotus Festival (even if there are no longer lotus plants in the lake for the past two years) had been held last weekend. One loop of the inner part of the park has a distance of 1.5 kilometers and I had two loops around the Echo Park Lake. From there, I ran along Glendale Boulevard going north towards the Silverlake Water Reservoir.

One loop around the Silverlake Water Reservoir is 3.7 kilometers and most of its running path is a dirt road which is about 3-5 meters in width. I did a counterclockwise direction and the path has two ascending portions which are abrupt in nature. I did three and half rounds along this loop until it was nighttime. I could estimate that there were 50-60 runners in the said area and most of them had their dogs running with them!

From the Water Reservoir, I went back to the house following the route I’ve taken along Glendale Boulevard. I did not notice that it was already 9:36 PM when I arrived at the house. After my post stretching routine, I had my shower and later dinner.

It was a nice run, my first again in LA after almost 1 1/2 years of absence. My rashes were not affected due to the thick petroleum jelly that I applied on my thighs before the run. The following were the readings from my GF 305:

Distance—26.02 kilometers         Time—3:02:49 hours

Average Pace—7:01 mins/km               Average Speed—8.5 kms/hr

Maximum Speed—15.6 kms/hr            Total Calories—1,839 cal

Average HR—148 bpm                          Maximum HR—167 bpm

Total Ascent—898 meters                    Total Descent—884 meters

9 thoughts on “Silverlake Run

  1. bugobugo85

    sir jovie, there is a nice uphill route in downtown l.a. where manny pacquiao sometimes does his is the route up to griffith observatory where you can view downtown l.a. when you are at the peak.gradual accents,nice scenery and no traffic.hope you can try and enjoy it.and that enormous hollywood sign is almost touchable from there.

    btw, as for your bald runner events, may i suggest an event which i think will be an ultimate in one’s running resume-how about a run from the rosario (la union ) junction up to burnham park in baguio? that will be around 34kms.the city government of baguio might be interested to hold it annually.the city celebrates baguio day every september 1 so it might accede to this plan if ever.or every april 1 para we can rekindle the memories of the first day of beast barracks- hahaha.hope you give it a blueprint if it suits your taste.we can close kennon road for half a day since there is marcos and naguilian for motorists.

    enjoy the summer and good luck sa sf marathon niyo sir.


  2. workaholicrunner

    Mr. Baldrunner,

    Can you comment on the current state of elite Filipino marathoners? Is there anyone Filipino entered in the Beijing Olympics marathon? I would think that this would be a sport wherein Filipinos can produce a lot of world class talent.


  3. kingofpots

    bugo2x, yup, i know those trails/roads and i’ve been running there after my ft benning stint in 1984 and whenever i am in los angeles. will have my runs with my kids there soon. we will consider your suggestions on the running events and my staff is already working on the list of races we will conduct. thanks again.

    workaholic runner (WR), it is sad to note that the Filipino elite marathon runners has the same finish time with the world’s elite women’s time (2:25-2:30 hrs) and that’s the current condition of our runners. Buenavista and Sabal are our best bet for the marathon but i am not sure if they qualified for the 2008 Olympics. you are right, we can excel in running but training for prospective olympians starts during the formative years (elementary and high school years) but it seems nobody is doing this! (that’s my personal opinion and observation). i hate to say this but our national sports program SUCKS!


  4. sfrunner

    BR and workaholic runner, I don’t know what Sabal’s best time is since the 2004 Athens Games but Buenavista’s best is 2:24:50 at Doha in December 2006 from the latest figures. It doesn’t meet the ‘B’ standard. However, the Philippine Olympic Committee under a revision can send their best male and female athlete in one Athletic (T&F and marathon) event with the exception of the 10,000 meters and the 3,000 steeplechase. The acceptance is at the discretion of the IAAF, the world governing body.

    My gut feeling is the IAAF may lean towards Buenavista unless Sabal has a faster time. Buenavista ran in the 2004 Athens Marathon.

    BR, I wholehardedly agree than running needs to start in the elementary and high school years. I look at the situation here in SF. There are two elementary and two high schools out of quite a few (25 combined) that have good programs year in and year out. For the first time in my lifetime, a San Francisco runner out of Sacred Heart High School, Shannon Roxbury is going to Beijing in the women’s 1500 meters.


  5. workaholicrunner

    So it seems Paula Radcliffe can easily beat the best Filipino runners of any gender. Too bad, since running is a sport wherein you probably do not need to invest tens of millions of dollars to get good Olympians.


  6. BR,
    This is hot topic to be discussed.
    Let me make some points here. Obviously, i’m not Filipino. I’m Indonesian by blood BUT FILIPINO BY HEART. It is here in the Philippines that i become a runner. It is here in the Philippines that i love this sport so much. It is here in the Philippines i was converted into religion called running.

    I strongly agree that to create an Olympians, should start from early age. Take a look on how China develop a future Olympians. They start to train children in their early age.

    I don’t know much about Philippines National Sport program but i would like to give a comment about running in the Philippines. Generally, Gintong Pangarap has a great vision that is to create a world class runner. I saw several runner kids in every races i join in manila. If only they could have a special training, i believe Philippines could have one like Haile Gebrselassie. When i first join Gintong Pangarap last year, i was talking with two officers together with Leo Oracion in Villamor. According to them, this event is aiming to create an Olympians runner. What i have in my mind was after this event, the organizer will pick those top 5 finishers and take them to the training center where they could have a proper training in order to achieve this vision. I don’t have any idea if this have been done in the past or not.

    Perhaps, this would be one of the BR’s agenda in his upcoming races =) that is to look after for potential runners to be properly trained for the glory of the Philippines.

    Mabuhay ng Pilipinas!


  7. sfrunner

    highaltitude and BR, I agree with both of you on what’s been said. You’re correct that China has done it. Kenya has done it and I believe Japan is doing it.
    I’m not Filipino either but I see some promising signs.

    I stand to make a correction on my last post. It’s Shannon Rowbury (not Roxbury).


  8. rayabe

    Hi BR! It’s good to know that you’re having a great time there. Thanks for the Trail Racing 101 article. I’m sure newbies like me will learn alot from it. It’s just a few days to go before TNF100. Good luck on the SFO marathon!


  9. kingofpots

    wayne, sports program needs a lot of support from the government as well as from the private corporate world in terms of infrastructure, facilities, coaches, exposures (national & international), research (know other athletes from other countries–“know your enemies”, sports psychology, education for the athletes, and lots of money during the training/formative years. we need a system, a machinery to sustain such sports program. In the present situation, money only comes in to the athlete if he/she wins a medal in international meets (or recommended by the National Sports Association as member of the national athlete pool) in the form of reward and it stops there only to receive again some support few months before his/her participation in another international meet.

    workaholicrunner, that is true! sometimes, i thought of “kidnapping” those children selling flowers/sampaguita and begging for food in main intersections in Metro Manila during nighttime and bring them to a “sports academy” and train them to run and be able to feed, cloth, and educate them. but, where is that “sports academy”?

    highaltitude, thanks for your very nice comment & observation. the problem with our elite national pool of running athletes is that they are old ( veterans from past Summer Olympics). we have new faces to develop and train but the NSAs or PSC are not doing their part to sustain the support to these athletes. hopefully, something will be done about this. it pains me to observe that the only time the government and media would talk/discuss about our sports program is when our athletes do not get the medals that are projected by our sports commissioners for us to harvest before every international meet. before the olympics, our sports officials would announce high hopes to our athletes and predict such & such medals for such & such sports. but when everything fails, the sports commissioners would blame the schools, the local governments, PAGCOR, unfair or bias scoring/judging, overtraining of our athletes, the NSAs as well as the non-support from the private corporate world. this becomes a never-ending cycle! but, i still have high hopes that our sports commissioners are doing their best to improve the situation and it is a matter of time, more funding and cooperation of everybody that our sports program will reach greater heights and honor to our country.

    wayne, the Gintong Alay Project was making a successful headway during the Marcos Administration when our athletes were garnering medals in Asian and Southeast Asian Games but eventually it was terminated after 1986. This project was copied by other ASEAN countries and the Philippines now is beaten by Vietnam!

    rayabe, good luck on your TNF race this weekend. enjoy and have fun! thanks for the wishes on my SFO Marathon. running with my kids will be a nice experience. good luck!


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