So, Steve P, sorry if I triggered some excitement, not a real conference, and way too many birds of the same family to be of much interest to such an expert of bird watching as you. But, even after 18 years in the Bay Area, I still marvel at the pelicans who spend a few weeks with us on their migration South or North (these iPhone pictures don't do justice to them, they are the big white spot in the middle).
Which leads me to the quarterly checkpoint. Although I didn't race in March, I already ran 3 ultra races this quarter, but 11 ultra runs overall including the training runs. For those enduring or coping with my posts regularly (thanks! ;-), or at least my yearly reviews (e.g. 2016), they will remember that, for the past 6 years, I aimed and managed to average 100 km a week. But, in January, I pledged not to get caught into this pressure in 2017 as I thought it might have become too high for my age. Well, so long for a resolution, I'm at 135 km/week by the end of the first quarter, that gives me some room to ease up before the big races of May (Miwok, Quicksilver and Ohlone). At least I didn't experience any injury in these first 3 months for a change but, to be honest, I haven't done as much hill training or even speed work on the track, so it was a lot of easier/slower miles. Feeling ready for tomorrow's game, we'll see if I can maintain a 7:20 min/mile pace all the way. More on Sunday, then, happy running to all this weekend!