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  • Writer's pictureMarcus Kowal

Today's new level

Today something happened for the first time: I actually thought I will be able to run this damn monster. Misunderstand me correctly (great Swedish saying): I said run it, not complete it. That I was going to complete it was decided the day I signed up for it. I'd walk or even crawl if would have to. Doesn't help that I'm not a big fan of rattle snakes and scorpions...

 Today, however, was the first time I thought I might be able to actually run the whole thing. I've had my doubts (let's be real, I still do), especially because of my knees and hips. It takes time to build your body and mind up for something like this. Precious time that I don't have.

 This weekend I was introduced to something I had never done before: running two long distances, two days in a row. It's something I've both read up on and been told by many experienced friends is a necessary evil. To get used to running on tired legs, because that is what I will be doing.

I ran 15 miles yesterday and another 11.5 today. It was supposed to be another 15 today too but I set a new elevation record today, to simulate the conditions that we will be running in and it took almost 3 hours and I had a wife and 2 children to get home to.

 This run was done in Palos Verdes by the Trump's golf course. It's a hidden gem that Johnny Robles introduced me to. Some may feel I shouldn't let others know about it but if something is beautiful, share it, no?

If you live in LA, it's a sin not to visit places like this! You don't have to run it but walk it/hike it! Places like this is the whole reason we pay insane real estate prices and sit in traffic for 3 hours to get 10 miles!

Check out the scenery in the video above!

Lastly, a shoutout to Christos Giagos, who fought a great fight and showed a ton of heart yesterday at UFC Anaheim. I thought he won round 1 and 3. Also, a shoutout to my good friend Adam Hagsjo, who ran Vasaloppet yesterday, 60 miles (90k)!

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