The 8th and 9th days of running from my August 2017 trip to Los Angeles.
All good things must come to an end. Here’s the story on my last 2 runs in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday I decided to take a train into Hollywood and run / hike up to the Hollywood Sign.
I started with a steep climb up to the Griffith Observatory, which is gorgeous and a place I definitely want to check out again.
After that initial ascent, I followed a trail to the peak of Mt. Hollywood. I was confused when I couldn’t find the Hollywood sign from the peak, but I realized that the sign and “Mt. Hollywood” are two separate things…
I felt pretty silly, but decided to make the best of it and followed a different trail from where I was that connected to where the sign was. It was only an extra couple miles, and it was totally worth it.
After navigating my way down the mountains and back into the city, I made my way back to the my friends’ apartment.
Wednesday totals: 18 miles – 8:47/mi avg pace – 1,428 feet of elevation gain. (Strava info)
Thursday was my last day in LA. I woke up a little extra early, and ran down my favorite bike / running path one last time. It was a perfect day, and the views from my favorite beach spot were phenomenal.
I then met my friends for breakfast (burritos and smoothies on the beach). It was a perfect morning.
Reflections: I’m sad to be leaving, but there will be more trips to look forward to. I accomplished most of what I wanted to while out there.
One major thing I took away from this trip is how important it is to travel. I may not have the money to travel the world, but this country is a good place to start, and I think I’m going to start doing a lot more of that.
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!