TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Run for Fun

I admit I was pretty crazy in my last post.  I was just a little angry with myself for throwing out my goals at the last minute.  I’m better now, attitude-wise that is.  I’ve still got this nagging cold, though it’s bearable.  I spent the past few days foam rolling, doing floor exercises, jumping up the backyard porch steps.  I didn’t have it in my heart to run, or even go to the gym.

Today it was time run.  A time to run for fun.  My favorite wilderness park (Aliso / Wood Canyons) finally opened after our heavy rains.  I set out with no distance or trails in mind.  I wasn’t even sure which trails were open. 

I won’t lie.  The climbs were tough.  I struggled more than usual.  But I enjoyed the stress free I-don’t-HAVE-to-do-nothing attitude.  I could run wherever I wanted, as fast (or as slow) as I wanted, and I could stop whenever I wanted.

Turned out that I ran a rather leisurely pace up to Top of the World.  And I stopped only a few times to snap a picture.  Erosion was evident.  Skies were clear and blue.  And the weather, well I dressed for my 10:00 AM run at 7:30 AM, so I was QUITE warm. 

Erosion on West Ridge

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More Erosion on West Ridge, nearing Top of the World

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Park Avenue Nature Trail (a little detour from Top of the World to West Ridge)

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Miles logged my first time back after Calico: 6.59

Elevation Profile:

My Activities aliso woods out and back 1-20-2011, Elevation - Distance

6 comments:

  1. Now that's what its all about! Fantastic! Take this attitude into your next race and running is fun all the way. Have a good weekend!

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  2. Loving the altitude. We don't have anything like that around my neck of the woods. Will have to check out your trails the next time I am in CA!

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  3. Thanks for your comment today. I think I'm heading over to Aliso/Wood this weekend!

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  4. Thanks for reading Johann. I hope you had a great weekend too!

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  5. Thanks Trail Jogger. I definately have some great trails locally. But they are nothing to the local mountains around here : )

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  6. Hi Glenn! I hope had a chance to make it out to Aliso/Wood Cyns. All trails are open, some bridges are out, but everything is dry. Which surprises that El Moro isn't open yet.

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