I am approaching this particular race more as a tune-up to continue my focus on pace and consistency. The out-and-back course starts adjacent to Liberty Park and travels south for 5K along a flat, paved bike path. Theres an aid station set up at the southern turnaround. Then the course retraces the path back to the north for 5K to the start/finish turnaround aid station and repeats 5 times. Heres the course .
This will be my third race in less than a month and I have experienced immune system fatigue while my body adapts to the stress. Biomechanically, I am already running faster than last year. Following proper recovery from the OC50K, it will be time to up the mileage by re-introducing run-commuting during the week and long trail runs on the weekends.
On Sunday, the Amgen Tour of California rolls into town for the final stage ending in downtown Escondido. I'm going to sleep in Sunday morning to get as much rest as possible after my race and then hit up Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens for lunch before heading to the finish line to watch the action. My friends and I have been following the tour all week, and the entire San Diego endurance community is stoked that an entire stage was added to the race this year so it finishes here!
From Sunday at La Jolla Cove