Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ascent to Nike Base; Return Placerita Canyon

This run is an old favorite. Lots of vertical and distance. Tuning up for the big one next week. This run is like mindless running. For the trail part I rarely see a soul. Today I saw one other runner. In the ten years I've been making the ascent to the Nike Base along this trail, I have perhaps seen twenty people total from the Los Pinetos Trailhead at the top to the Nike Base. I made the mistake of making the entire run on two small breakfast bars, and didn't eat breakfast, but that's planning.

What I really like about this run is that at the Los Pinetos trailhead (which is actually at the top of the trail and about 5 miles into the run; it goes down in both directions to the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys) the Los Angeles Equestrian Club has plopped an outhouse in the middle of nowhere; bring your own T.P. however. I know, TMI.

There's also water at the Nike base, a fire jump station manned around the clock, at the very tip top. (It looks like they were running on generators; must not have restored the power lines since the fires last fall.) It is always fun running through this fire station; there must be thirty or so men there, mostly around 25 years of age. They see this old 54-year-old running through. There is also supposed to be water in the campground in Sand Canyon, but I couldn't find any serviceable fountains this day.

Note how I deviate from the road in the lower southeast corner. There is a very steep single track trail to the peak, and then off the peak heading east there is another single track that bypasses a long road loop.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Gearing Up for the Old Puelbo 50, Next Week

As my firm goes through 10% layoffs this morning (gag and misery), I contemplate the ridiculous. Another 50M in Tuscon eight days from now.

Am I ready? No. I've taken a whole week off from running because of the pressures of work. But, I am never ready for these runs and I always claim not to be ready.

Will I like the heat? He** no. Heat slows me down and makes me sick.

Will I be embarrassed? Yes. My brother will be there to embarrass me.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

To Magic Mountain the Long Way

One of my favorite runs, below. However, on a regular work day the traffic can be fierce along some of it. Today's run was with no water and on an empty stomach, so it seemed to go on forever. Plus, the unending pain in my hand from the stenosis in my neck is excruciating. I guess it will never end.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Another Run

Here's another fun run this week. All the way up to the old railroad bridge crossing in North Valencia where the City has added new paths to its system near Magic Mountain. From there up San Francisquito Canyon, the site of a 500-death dam collapse 80 or so years ago, and back. This run is very scenic. Through nice neighborhoods and along the Santa Clara and San Francisquito Rivers. Of course, a river in the Los Angeles area is a wash with a trickle of water running through it in the winter.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Favorite Road Run

This morning was one of my favorite road runs. I picked up my wife's running group about two miles into the run, at about 5:00 a.m., near the intersection of Wiley Canyon and Old Orchard, and proceeded to get smoked by two of her fast friends.