November 26, 2007

Ernie's Run/Westridge
It's amazing how a slight variation to a mundane run can make it seem new and exciting.  This is definitely the case with Ernie's Run.  Westridge is a nice enough out-and-back, but adding in the long, gentle downhill of Sullivan Canyon turns a pretty plain run into one of my favorite keyhole courses.  That last little climb back up to Westridge always seems longer than I remember, but still completely worth it.

Sycamore Canyon/Serrano Valley
Next week is one of the club's favorite runs.  This run starts with a couple miles of flat, scenic fire road through Sycamore Canyon up to the Old Boney Trail.  Climbing Old Boney, you'll see a beautiful view of the canyon and all the trees that lend their name to the area.  After running below Columbia Rock you'll head into Serrano Valley, nicknamed Poison Oak Valley by some.  The super-dry season guaranteed a relatively poison oak-free season for us so enjoy it while it lasts.
Last Week's Turkey Trot
Last week's Turkey Trot was a success, as it has for nearly each of the 26 years we've been running the event.  There were about 60 runners total that enjoyed the Santa Ynez canyon course in Pacific Palisades.  A pretty chilly start along the creekbed turned into a perfect run up the Santa Ynez Canyon trail to the Eagle Rock fire road and eventually back along Michael Lane to the start for total of about 10 miles.  Photos of the Turkey Trot have been posted to the gallery.
Winter Weather
Winter is fully upon us.  While So Cal has a pretty mild winter, there are still a few things you can do to make your runs as comfortable as possible.  Hopefully, these tips will keep you out on the trails every Sunday all the way through winter.

  • Dress in layers.  You may feel cold at the start but you'll start to warm up quickly.  Layering your gear ensures you can strip off layers as you warm up.  Synthetic materials help in cold as well as warm weather to keep you dry and comfortable.
  • Wear gloves and/or a hat.  You lose a lot of heat through your hands and head.  Light running gloves are sometimes all you need to add to your regulr gear to feel warm enough.  Also try a hat, which also will help hold in the heat and can easily be removed if you get too warm.
  • Stay hydrated.  Just because it's cold doesn't mean you don't need to drink.  Take plenty of fluids on your run and stay hydrated.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.  The sun can still be bright on cold days.  Take sunglasses and wear sunscreen.
  • Bring extra clothes for after your run.  Bring a light jacket or sweat pants to put on after the run.  These will make your time at the refreshment table as enjoyable as possible.

See you out on the trails!