Upcoming running vacation (run-cation) to Los Angeles
I’ll be shipping out west soon. Well, flying, but you get the picture.
Los Angeles is such a great running city. Sunny weather every day, an abundance of running / bike paths, even trails.
This trip I plan on doing a Runyon Canyon run, a Griffith Park run, and the Santa Monica Mountains. The first two I’ve hiked before but never ran, and the Santa Monica Mountains I’ve heard are great for trail running but I’ve never been.
It’ll be a nice change of scenery, and I’m looking forward to seeing my two close friends who live out there.
The day before my flight and the day of will be very light on miles. Hopefully that little taper will be enough to prepare my legs for the hell I plan on putting them through.
I’ll be sure to post about any adventures I get myself into!
Do any of you also go on occasional run-cations? Any top cities you like to travel to for running?
Does it count as getting lost if you did it on purpose?
There’s this state forest I go to sometimes when I just want to run around in nature (edit: I recorded some video of my adventure if you want to check out the terrain). It has tons of different trails, and every time I go I try to follow one but always wind up losing it, and wind up somewhere I didn’t intend to (fortunately I always carry my phone with me and manage to find the path / somewhere familiar).
I treat these runs like an opportunity to leave my running comfort zone. There’s a whole different feeling to a run when you aren’t entirely sure where you are or where you’re going. The subtle feeling of panic that sets in adds a level of excitement. It’s a controlled panic mind you, I’m certainly not advocating for people putting themselves in dangerous situations. But going somewhere new on a run is a surefire way to spice up your running routine.
Today I got a little extra lost, but it turned out fine of course. I knew I was never in any real trouble. I got about 8.5 miles of mountain and trail running in, explored some new areas of the forest, and just wanted to share with you all as I sit here at Starbucks hydrating and recovering.
Is there anything you do to occasionally change up your routine? Ever go off down new roads or to new cities or parks to explore? Let me know!