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