The former we visited last October - it is one of the California Channel Islands that would make great venues for a Scottish Islands Peaks Race type of event if only races were allowed within the National Parks. This time we saw a grey whale on the boat journey over and enjoyed two hot dry days immediately followed by a 2 day stint on the 68 mile Backbone trails which runs from Santa Monica to the Ray Miller trail in Point Mugu state park.
The runfurther series is now underway for it's 7th year and it is very pleasing that we have, once againn, managed to pull together a prize fund of over £10,000 retail value - even in the current economy we have some great sponsors who are willing to provide significant gear to support the series. Almost 50% is available as spot prizes and competitions (rather than just to the leaders) and we are redeveeloping the site to offer a lot more advice, training and community features so I am happy that we are doing our best to encourage people into the sport at all levels.
So, why do we run? That was something I gave a little thought to this past week and penned the first of a series of articles for run247.com
Why do we run?
It is intended to be a thought provoking piece so I would really welcome all and any comments - have I missed the essence? are your reasons different?
OK - was supposed to be racing in Seattle this weekend but flight prices got away from me before I booked. Over $500 just to travel there seems daft so it will be some more diligent training in the build up to the Sonoma 50 on 15th April and then the Fellsman on 28th April which I am so excited about!!
Sat 25 Ray Miller 50 mile/11000ft: 8:04:47 and 4th place
Sun 26 3mile – walk/jog on the beach
Mon 27 5 mile – Elings park
Tue 28 0 - rest
Wed 29 7 miles Inspiration plus 4 track session
Thu 1 0 - rest
Fri 2 7 miles – jesusita to inspiration pt. with Roch and Steve
Total 76 miles and 13500ft
Sat 3 28 miles on Santa Cruz island 3500ft
Sun 4 10 miles on Santa Cruz to Smugglers via ridge– 2500ft
Mon 5 38 miles and 5300ft (backbone trail part 1)
Tue 30 miles and 3000ft (Backbone trail part 2)
Wed 7 miles on the shorefront with Steve and Deanna
Thu 0 - rest
Fri 0 - rest
Total 113 miles and 14,300ft