At 10 a.m. today, I ran from the trailhead at Wendy and Potrero in Newbury Park up to the Danielson Monument and old cabin site. Generally I prefer to run early in the morning but my wife needed some extra sleep today so I ran later. It is definitely getting warmer out there but there was some light ocean breezes in the trails.
This is roughly a 7 mile round-trip trek and it took me an about an hour, 32 minutes up and 28 minutes back. Some of the trails are a little overgrown but overall it wasn't too bad. Butterflies and lizards were out in force today. In fact a baby lizard ran with me for about 20 steps as he decided to veer off the trail. There were only about 2 dozen people total on the trail today so it was nice and quiet.
I run at a decent clip. For many of you, assuming you run the whole way, this would be about an hour and a half run. If you hike the trail, it is more like 3 hours (click here for detailed directions on the VC Star website).
I was out of gas at the end of the run today. This is a challenging run because it involves a lot of hills. The net elevation climb is 1200 feet but I suspect the total climb, factoring in downhills is a lot more. Courses like this are great for building endurance, strength (uphills) and speed (downhills). Lots of rocks and turns though so be careful!
There was shade along a decent section of the trail today but overall it was pretty warm. There are some areas, particularly near the stream crossing, with poison oak to watch out for. I didn't carry water with me as I knew it would only be an hour, but I'd recommend bringing some.
Now go on, stop reading this blog, get out there and start RUNNING!