I woke through the night once again, twice from leg cramps. Still, I felt more rested when I woke for good (probably because I bedded down at 8:30 PM). Also on the good side, our cold Southern California coastal weather warmed up a bit. (We got around 43F!!). Be that as it may, this morning I didn’t need the cold to kick my butt up the hill and start running. I was raring to go. My first race of 2013 is a mere 11 days off, and though I’m not even near the condition I wanted for the race that started me on my way as a trail runner, I’m okay with that. I just wanted to put in the mileage this morning. And my race in 11 days . . . that will be a mini-vacation for my family, as well as, another training run for me as I edge closer to the Old Goat 50 Miler. (Oh no! Here we go!!!)
This morning, I decided on about a 10.5 mile (approx. 17 km) counter-clockwise loop in Aliso/Wood Canyons. Make that a lollipop loop – a lollipop that climbed Mathis Trail. I took my two oldest boys up Mathis about two weeks ago, and felt like a bad mom for doing so. But they conquered Mathis with little moans and groans. As such, I thought I’d do a little redemption run up that very trail. Dang! It’s a toughie.
Suiting down for the run up Mathis:
After that gigantic climb I ran across Top of the World, past Mentally Sensitive and did some bushwhacking back to the steepest trail in the park. Now, when I run up Mentally Sensitive, I have been known to grow angry over how much the climb kills me. I think to myself, “It shouldn’t hurt this badly!” If you ever feel that way about an ascent, take my advice. Run DOWN that hill. When I ran down Mentally Sensitive this morning, I thought, “Heck! No wonder it hurts so much. This trail is STEEP, dangerously STEEP.” Take my word, you can judge the steepness with a keener eye running downhill. That’s when you really discover just how insane you’ve been all along running up that trail. My original re-naming of Mentally Sensitive to Psycho-Path was right on.
Today’s Elevation Profile (My new monthly goal is to run Mount Everest’s elevation every month – that’s more than 29,000’ [8,848 m]) Notice I’ve began keeping track of elevation gain on the mileage sidebar: