Los Angeles August 2017 Day 6 and 7 Runs

The 6th and 7th days of running from my August 2017 trip to Los Angeles.

Monday was a pretty active day for me. I did a morning 4 miles, and an evening 4.5 miles, with a 3 mile hike in between.

Tuesday though.. Tuesday was a big one. I ran from UCLA to attempt this hike. Getting there went fine and the first half of the loop was great. I managed to snag some pictures:

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Somewhere along the way I got mixed up (they really need to have some trail markings out here). There was a lot of climbing and looking around, and then I lost phone service. I brought emergency backup water this time though, which wound up being needed.

After panicking for a while and second guessing every decision, I found a road which led to another road which led to civilization.

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17.8 miles 10:22/mi average pace, with 2,015 feet of elevation gain (Strava info).

Hooray for mid-week long runs!

Los Angeles August 2017 Day 5 Run

The 5th run from my August 2017 trip to Los Angeles.

I just got back from an amazing, and exhausting run.

But what about my day 3 and 4 runs? Those were nothing special so I’ll go through them quickly.

On Friday I totally lost to the heat… It was 90+ out, my muscles rebelled and I only managed a few miles to UCLA.

Saturday after resting through the hottest part of the day and feeling bleh I finally got out for a 10 mile run. I need to remember how much running boosts my mood.

It’s now Sunday, and with fresh legs I decided to explore an area I’ve never gone before. I ran to Santa Monica, and then went North to Temescal Gateway Park. Just getting to the park was about 10 miles, so by the time I got there I just wanted to do a short easy loop which I found out about here.

This loop was far from easy…

The terrain was perfect for trail running, but man was it steep, which meant much of this part of my run was power walking. The trails also aren’t really marked at all so I was constantly second guessing whether I was on the right path. That combined with the 90 degree weather and my dwindling water supply led to a pretty scary experience.

The views at the top were amazing, totally worth the soreness I’m sure my buns will feel tomorrow.

After the run I met my friends at Philz. Sure wish we had that coffee back east.

It was a rough run, but I’m glad I did it, despite being underprepared. It wound up being 16.7 miles with an average pace of 9:21/mi.

Now it’s time for some gatorade, hooray!