Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mid-week humpday!

Per the plan tonight’s run was a simple six miler. Unlike 90% of the country the forecasted weather for today was perfect; high 60’s with a slight breeze, so I decided last night to get an early start at work which allows me an early finish. So my day rudely began at 4:45am, the good news was I was out the door by 3:00pm and on the trails by just after 4:00pm. I was also using this as an opportunity to try my new Go Lite shoes picked up earlier this month. I had recce’d a short up and down route in Red Rock Canyon which is just off Topanga Canyon and takes you, via a fireroad, up to Calabasas Peak and has about a 1000’ of climbing over 2 miles, so I knew I would need to go up and over some ways further and back again to get the mileage in. I set off, camera in hand, as, while it’s small it looked like is was going to be pretty dense photowise. I was pretty much alone other than some folks walking their dogs and a couple of mountain bikers doing their thing.

As expected I reached the summit after two miles and about 25 minutes so I pushed on for another mile and turned around, of course in the spirit of what goes up must come down I opened up the throttle and just let myself fall down the hill, I did take some pictures and some video most of which was blown out by the wind but these two seem to work...I think?


The view from the top...or why I run trails!


Thoughts on downhill running

Anyway here’s the MotionBased data and as you can see it was my midweek humpday and the photos are here.

15 comments:

  1. Just found your blog, I enjoyed the first video and felt like I was on a roller coaster in the second. Lucky you for getting to run in such a beautiful place.

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  2. Always good to get on the trails in the middle of the week. Your thoughts on downhill running are spot on...for me short choppy steps, push a bit forward, no jarring slow down by landing on heels..and try to enjoy. pretty cool to hear the audio as well..

    Tony

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  3. Great post. What type of camera do you have? I think it would be fun to bring a camera with me on my runs, but my current camera is a bit big.

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  4. That trail run does look amazing. But a lot of it has to do with you are. I really don't think our local trails are that specatcular.

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  5. sounds pretty windy up there! gorgeous view.

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  6. That's a horrible place to have to run, especially with big kitty kats hiding in the bushes :-)

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  7. wow sooo pretty!! you are very lucky to be able to get out there on those trails during the daylight!

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  8. I think I need to move. Thanks for feeding my envy!

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  9. Shannon just found your blog! I need to talk with that girl. :)

    Your location and temps are PERFECT!! How could anyone pass up those trails.

    You video had me at the 27 second mark. You are one luckey guy!

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  10. Thanks for the help on the camera!! Ebay is such a good idea.

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  11. Really nice photos and videos, and I enjoyed the commentary on downhill running -- I always feel I am one second away from a headlong dive into the dirt.

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