After dropping my boys off at school, I drove to Los Flores for a run along Arroyo Trabuco to O’Neill Park (actually, Arroyo Trabuco is part of O’Neill Park, but it’s outside the park’s gates). ANYWAY, the weather was summer, not winter. I think we got into the mid-seventies (F). No need for extra layers, that’s for sure.
My run was uneventful, quiet and hot. Then, all of a sudden, where the trail narrows and the brush grows thick, just about a mile away from O’Neill Park, I ran up on a bulldozer! Yes, a bulldozer was blocking the road as the driver dug out a creek crossing.
Time for a detour. I bush whacked through the newly green grass, reminding myself that a tic check was in order later today. My detour loop was wide, and took longer than expected. On the back portion of this run, I made the detour again, this time with two mountain bikers, who chose a slightly different, bushier route. We all came out back on the trail together, even though my loop was probably double the size, with a creek crossing – I didn’t have a bike to carry.
As it was, this detour, added time I didn’t have to my run (I think the heat did too). I fell so much behind in my schedule, that I needed to pick up my pace a great deal from my normal 14 mile runs, in order to make it to my youngest son’s school to pick him up in time. I cut it really close. When I made it to school, I was so beat, I sat on the curb to rest while waiting for him to come out. This was a first. I never sit on the curb.
Miles run: 13.78