I went to bed early (9PM). Sleep would not visit. I know that I saw 10:30 when my youngest yelled from his room, asking for a hug. He’s only little once, so I walked down the hall, climbed up on his bunk and hugged. Back in bed, sleep stayed at bay. I imagined running (LOL) hoping to drift off.
I set my alarm for an early run, but when it rang out at 5 AM, I just could not wake. The alarm off, I quickly fell back asleep. I did not want to run. I did not want to run. I. Did. Not. Want. To. Run.
I finally woke at 7:30. I sat on the couch, draggy, depressed. If you haven’t noticed, I did not want to go. But I knew that I HAD to. Why? Because if I didn’t run, I would beat myself up all day and if I did run, I would be oh, so happy afterwards that I did.
My middle boy was awake, watching, Dragon Ball (not Dragon Ball Z, two different shows – I’m liking Dragon Ball better). I made him breakfast, got ready. Dragon Ball wasn’t good enough to keep me -- I DRAGGED myself out the door. I dragged myself out the door for the sake of how I’d feel later.
9:00 AM I finally began my run with the anticipation that it would get better. I wasn’t in pain. I was just tired and unmotivated. The skies were gray. The air was cool and at times the wind blew pretty good. It seemed like it blew mostly in my face. Rain even visited me for a short stint (around mile 8 for about 2 minutes).
Mountain bikers covered Aliso / Woods, all trails, especially Meadows, which some of them flew down. I didn’t see any bikers riding the uphill. Hikers were out in droves too. Groups hiked the high route (West Ridge) and others took the low route (Wood Canyon). I saw 2 different Boy Scout troops. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the park so crowded. Probably, Aliso / Wood Canyons got lots of press during the December rains. Or perhaps, I’ve never run that late there on a Sunday.
Aliso Creek Trail, running up Aliso Creek Canyon about 1/2 mile from Wood Canyon turn off. Haven’t run Aliso Creek in ages. Today I did, because I was too lazy to drive to Canyon Vistas Park (a good 10/15 minutes longer drive – woe is me, I could hardly even handle driving this morning)
Onto to Meadows Trail (so deceiving, but it gets ya later, big time : )
Almost to the top of Meadows Trail (I came from the lowest parts in the distance – if you click on picture, you can probably see the trail way far away – about mid photo).
Feeling a Little Better (Relieved to be up Meadows standing at Top of the World)
Happier (nearing the half way point, on my way to West Ridge)
Happiest (All done )
Miles logged: 11.94
Elevation Profile: +1609 / -1590