Today was Short, Short of Short, Short, Short. That is 3 consecutive short runs, mid-week of my “easy” week. If it sounds confusing, it isn’t. I sometimes have the knack for making the straightforward sound confusing.
The skies were gray, the air heavy with water – so heavy, I needed to use my windshield wipers on the drive out to Aliso/Wood Canyons. To top it off, with no sun in sight, the weather was a tad chilly. If you’ve read my blog posts, you may have noticed, I DO NOT LIKE RUNNING IN COLD, DARK, WET WEATHER. But, alas, I was ready and willing to run, and it was in the training plan.
I took off running into Wood Canyon about 10:00 this morning, and ran my semi-usual short run to Top of the World – a place in the coastal hills, named after an exclusive neighborhood up there that overlooks Laguna Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Not many runners were out on this socked-in morning. But as usual of late, I saw plenty of hikers and mountain bikers. One of my neighbors rode up alongside me, and we chatted a bit before she rode off to join her husband. It’s so fun to see people I know on the trails.
Most of the time, I make this “out-and-back,” more of a lollipop by taking a detour onto Park Avenue Nature Trail, which loops back to Westridge at Top of the World. The green, rocky canyon views are awesome from Park Avenue Nature Trail. Plus, I get more elevation on the detour. Today however, I didn’t loop it at the end of this out-and-back to make that lollipop. Instead, I ran a true out-and-back by turning around at Top of the World and taking the exact route back. Extending this run .15 of a mile, I completed it 13 minutes faster than yesterday’s “Short” to Top of the World. That makes this middle-aged Mom happy.
Miles logged: 6.32