TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I Wanna Loop

The plan read ten miles for today.  With little gas and little cash I headed off to the closest trails – yes, Aliso/Wood Canyons.  Thing is, I don’t have a 10 mile loop there.  I have a 9, 9.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13, and 13.5 loop, but no 10 mile loop.  Sure I could have run an out-and-back, five miles out, five miles back.  Thing is, I’m a loopy lady.  I wanted a loop. 

Aside from preferring loops, I’m a bit lazy.  I know that sounds a little weird.  How can someone be lazy who runs all these miles?  Believe it.  It can happen.  Take this case for example.  Even though I know the mileage of every trail in Aliso/Wood Canyons, I guessed (once again) a ten mile loop instead of actually adding the mileage.  Adding, boy that’s tough!  : )

I didn’t want to run laps around the parking lot when I was finished to make my run ten miles.  I didn’t want to run any add-ons and end up on some scary trail like last time I tried to make a ten mile loop in this park.  So I was sure to guess a loop that was at least ten miles, at most a quarter to half mile over. 

Turns out I ran a 11.28 mile loop.  And I finished it up strong.  Yes, I am gradually seeing improvement in my strength and a little in my speed.  I’m still am on the hunt for a good ten mile loop though.  Good thing is, today I got to run one of my all time favorites, Meadows Trail, and I also ran up to Top of the World.    And at the very end of my run (with about a mile to go) the cutest little weasel stuck his head above ground right in front of me.  We made eye contact.  I snapped a picture, and then he was gone, back in his hole.

My routine picture:

Running up Meadows Trail:

Top of the Meadows Trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean:

Salty & sweaty at Top of the World:

Rock It Trail:

Coyote Run Trail:

Pop goes the Weasel:

My Activities Meadows, Rock it Loop 6-20-2012, Elevation - Distance

6 comments:

  1. Holy crap. A weasel!? That's fantastic.

    I know what you mean. I'm the laziest runner alive.

    I know I've said this fore v e r, but this fall, I'm all over trail running. As soon as I'm done with these marathons....

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    1. I'm so glad Giraffy that someone can relate to being a lazy runner. When I tell people that I am lazy, they literally laugh in my face.

      On another note, I am so happy to read you finished your first marathon. Congratulations! Don't be too focused on your time. The majority of people in the world will never even complete a marathon. : ) Go girl!

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    1. They really are the cutest rodents (?) out there Scott. Thanks for reading. I hope you are still enjoying the trails.

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  3. Cute weasel! I dont know the distance on any of our local trails except the paved ones lol

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  4. Thanks for reading Khourt! I never even knew we had weasels out here until I started running trails. I remember a time when I used to drive my paved routes to figure the mileage. Fun times. : )

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