With Easter nearing and with fond memories of our run last year, I decided to e-mail my effervescent and dear friend Lori to see if she wanted to do a longish trail run again this year and make it an annual thing. Because she would be leaving for Fiji tonight for a couple of weeks on a medical trip (she's a med school grad), we decided to bump up our "Easterpalooza/Crucifixion on the Trails/etc" a week early (yeah, the name's still a work in progress).
Anyway, I decided to replicate this run our trail club did a few weeks back. Scenic, challenging at the start and at the end, but otherwise pretty smooth sailing through some gorgeous single tracks. We got started around 9am and already, we could feel the heat of the day coming on (forecast called for temps in the 80's). We snapped this pic at the start while we were still smiling:
Hello stray pink ribbon. Where to now?
The first 4 miles is essentially all uphill so we kept our paces reasonable while we rose out of the brush and above the skyline. With not a cloud in the sky, it made for beautiful scenery and for the moment, dealing with the sun bearable.
The large clockwise loop itself connects a couple of parks together so we got a whole variety of terrain and trail. My favorite part was when we started on the single track down the Backbone Trail leading to Will Rogers but really on this particular loop, there really isn't a "bad" or "boring" section.
On Backbone...and in shade!
Ok, I take it back - once we exited Will Rogers and dipped into Rivas Canyon, this part really stunk. I'm sure me being partially dehydrated, baking in the sun and caked in salt had something to do with it. Whatever the case, my jovial self was reduced to a struggling mess from about mile 12 on.
We finally made it back to Temescal Canyon and to our cars after about 15 miles. First order of business was cracking open an ice-cold Coke out of my mini-cooler. Oh man, did it taste sweet. From there, we grabbed some lunch and replenished carbs/protein before parting ways.
Great day for a run...if you went out early enough. Next time, I'm carrying 4 handhelds instead of 2. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!
Big plans racing wise coming up for yours truly...stay tuned.