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Well, once again a shift in the weather had me running for cover. Only this time it wasn't the rain, wind or chilly temperatures - it was Santa Ana's. While we weren't hit with strong winds in my neck of the woods, we did see the mercury rise to mid-August levels. As soon as I stepped outside this morning to get the paper I was hit what felt like a wall of heat and thought, "yeah, I won't be training in this today." So it was back to the gym for another vigorous round on the treadmill.

I can stay on a treadmill for hours on end as long as I have water and a decent set of headphones. Today I had the added bonus of the Chargers game - although I could have done without that crazy conclusion that saw the Bolts once again let a win slip away in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter. Anyhoooo....

Okay, so here's a random thought - or query - why do people wear cologne to the gym? They might be used to the smell but when they sidle up to someone already in the throws of a sweaty, butt-kicking cardio workout - it's an assault to the senses. Really! I don't care if it's some imported shi shi foo foo fragrance that's priced by the ounce or something named after a B-list celebrity that's found its way to the clearance shelf at the local drugstore - no one wants to inhale it once their heart rate passes 120. Thank-you.

I put in ten miles today and I got creative with it. My new thing to do is put the incline anywhere past 12 percent, slow down the pace, turn around and walk backwards. It's a great workout and you seem to use a whole new set of muscles. Of course, I can only keep this up for between a quarter and half a mile because I use a lot of energy trying to make up for my slight lack of coordination. I don't want my next blog entry to be an explanation of why I now won't be doing the walk - and have to include a description of some sort of treadmill accident that saw me face plant onto the floor (I'm having horrible visions of myself starring in a Youtube video just thinking about it).

I finished my day with a lot of fluids, a good hot bath and a lot of stretching before and after. I felt surprisingly good after so I headed to a local sports store to pick up a few last minute items. One thing I wanted to get for sure was a pair of fleece pants to put on at the end of each day. We're expecting temperatures in the 70's at the end of the week but the nights will still bring a quick chill as soon as the sun goes down. If you haven't done this walk before this is something you'll want to prepare for. Bring soft, stretchy warm clothes to get into at the end of the day. Your muscles will be tight and sore as it is - you don't want them to be cold. I always bring a pullover fleece too - along with a down vest or jacket and a warm hat. As for the feet - any kind of fuzzy slipper or boot is a welcome relief for sore feet and will complete your toasty ensemble in a very pleasing way.

I got in a good combination of running and walking every day last week and I'm looking forward to a little break tomorrow. I'm still going to exercise but it will be on the tennis court at my friend Debbie's house. It's good to mix it up. But I'll be back to some tough training Tuesday and Wednesday and will rest Thursday. It's a good idea to rest the day before the walk. Just allow your muscles, joints and feet a little break before putting them to the test - your body will thank you for it in the long run. It's also a good idea to load up on some carbs on Thursday night - a great excuse for a nice spaghetti dinner and a little wine to help you sleep... if you can sleep. This is an amazing event and whether you're a returning walker or someone doing it for the first time - there's a sense of excitement that makes sleeping tough and has most of us arriving in Del Mar at the crack of dawn with a large cup of coffee and a big, tired smile. But we'll all be there together and we'll create our energy together and get through the three days and 60 miles together. And that's what creates the magic that is The Three Day. Enjoy.

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