Another Sunday, another early morning trail run with my trail club.
This time, we would revisit the Santa Ynez Canyon in Palisades Highlands. My friend Cody and I ran a little late this morning so instead of meeting up with the early group at our meeting spot on Temescal, we rushed over to the trailhead where we just caught up to them.
To my surprise, I saw 3 members that ran in the Mt. Disappointment 50K just yesterday! Are you kidding me? One of whom was my gal Jes who actually won her age group (18-29)! Not to get all daytime talk show on ya but I just have to give her an emphatic, "you GO GIRL"!
Amazingly, she and I were able to run together for the entire length of today's run. I'm still nursing sore glutes so I was taking it easy, taking in the scenary and taking pictures of some gorgeous views. Another recent racer Kenna, who ran the half in San Francisco in a blistering 1:44, caught up to us around the midway point and the three of us ran together for awhile.
The run itself was interesting, diverse and beautiful offering wooded single-tracks, fire roads, grassy fields and some challenging hills. It turned into a fairly warm day after about an hour in so I was glad we decided to take it easy today. When it was all said and done, we had covered 10.6 miles.
After our usual post-run food and drinks, Cody and I (along with his family) decided to head over to Will Rogers Beach to cool off. There, I actually got in a couple more miles running along the shore. Some boogey boarding, swimming and body surfing followed.
I think it's safe to say that I'm officially pooped now. But it was definitely a great day under the sun.
Here are some pics: