Friday, May 27, 2011

Same Old Place, Brand New Trail

I was out yesterday in Laguna Coast. Again. But, this time I tried a different trail – West Ridge. I had been avoiding this trail because it has these things that I detest:

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It was an absolutely stunning day, and even though the onshore winds were stiff, their cooling effect was pleasing and appreciated!

The plan was five miles. The first two and a half were spectacular. The views were tremendous:

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Okay. I know I’m old, but I’m not a fossil yet!

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I got to the turnaround point surprisingly fresh. I enjoyed the view toward the ocean:

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Then I turned around. Gulp!

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It wasn’t until I got back, that I found out that I had essentially run downhill for 2 1/2 miles:

Running Bommer Ridge-El Moro 5-26-2011, Elevation - Distance

That meant I would be climbing back up toward those homes in the distance that you can’t see in this photo:

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After some huffing and puffing (and some less than speedy foot shuffling) I crested (yet another) hill and was welcomed back to civilization:

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It’s kind of scary that in less than a month I have a race that is going to essentially do this climb three times in a row. Yikes!

17 comments:

  1. What a beautiful run!

    Embrace the hills. Love the hills. OWN the hills.

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  2. Gorgeous run! I've also realized how many hidden hills that trail has.

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  3. Wow! That's scary! I need to get myself out there... haven't trained for trails, and my race is on 6/12!

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  4. Great trail. Those hills will make you strong.

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  5. After using the word "detest" I assumed it was going to be pictures of snakes.

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  6. The hills are your friend Glenn - give in to them and they will make you strong ;-) Have a great weekend!!!

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  7. I need to get back to the OC like NOW! :D

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  8. You know, a change of scenery can do you good! Gorgeous pictures, Glenn!

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  9. So pretty!! Hills are hard.. :S

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  10. 3 things? hills, no shade... and? i couldn't figure out the 3rd...

    gorgeous views. the toughness is well worth that. i mean great excuse to stop and look around and appreciate the scenery!

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  11. You're going to be just fine in a month. Most folks I see doing those kind of hills in trail runs intentionally power walk the steepest parts to conserve energy. And, of course, the reward is the incredible view. Right?

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  12. Yes, the weather has been perfect this weekend and your pictures prove it!
    Your race sounds tough but hill work is awesome!!

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  13. I came back to look at that fossil ... how high up was it compared to the current sea level?

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  14. Your trails look so cool, Glenn. Those are awesome, and no doubt challenging. You have beautiful places to run!

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