Sunday, April 19, 2009
Trail Run: Westridge/Sullivan Canyon - pt. II
Another Sunday, another trail run with the Trail Runners Club. With expected temps rising into the high 80's, I made sure I dressed the part (visor, sunglasses, sleeveless shirt) and also slathered on a healthy amount of SPF 45. It was also the opportune time to test out the new Ultimate Direction Wasp pack that I received courtesy of Sarah from PCTR (thanks again - I'm going to take it). I switched out the bladder to the one from my old hydration pack and it was good to go; I could store my gu's, camera, sunscreen, salt tablets, etc. in the handy dandy vest part.
After hitching a ride with Cody, we started off at Westridge Canyon and made the all too familiar 3.5 mile ascent up (I ran here on Friday too). The club would be doing approximately 10.5 miles today but I wanted to add a little more, so when the crew veered left down to Sullivan Canyon, I continued on dirt Mulholland which is a fire road that runs west with a panoramic view of the valley off to the right.
Things started to heat up the higher the big fire ball rose in the sky. At the 7 mile mark, I took in a Gu and did an about face to head back towards the turn that the rest of the club took. This rocky trail would head down into the much cooler and somewhat shaded Sullivan Canyon. And mercifully, it was mostly downhill from here on out so I started to pick up the pace a bit.
Finally, after about 2 1/2 hours and 15.82 miles later, I rejoined the group to take in some gatorade and food before bidding adieu. Cody and I then headed down to the beach to 'ice' our legs (the water was cold) and relax for a few before heading back to civilization.
T-minus 7 days before my next 50K.