10:30 AM 30 May 2009 @ Elysian Park
Thanks for the tip from Ben Gaetos regarding the Elysian Park Trails. I was able to make confirmation from my daughter about the said trail after she told me that she had a chance to visit the place last year. My son simply gave me the direction on what street to take to be able to reach the place. And after “googling” the place, I was able to get the details about the streets that lead to the place.
I left my place in the morning of last Saturday at about 10:30 AM as the sky was still overcast and the temperature was still in the low 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I started slow during the early part of my run until I reached the uphill road at Scott Street that leads to the Elysian Park. Running along Scott Street from Echo Park and Glendale Boulevard was already a very challenging uphill climb. I never stopped running until I reached the said park.
Being my first time to visit the place, I took the right road which is closed to vehicular traffic and started going uphill and tried to look for those trails. I later found a fire road and followed it to where it will end and then followed some trails good for one person. I just did a clockwise run along these trails until I was back where I started along the end of Scott Street. There was another fire road on my left and I started to run into it and I found out that this is the more popular fire road for the walkers. I would overtake a lot of walkers with their dogs, small and big, and meet also walkers on this fire road with and without their dogs. After running about one kilometer on this fire road, I observed that I was the only one running along the trails! There was this steep and winding downhill part of the trail which ends in the switchback (leading to more plain trail) with some woods buried across the road to prevent erosion every ten meters along the trail. This fire road was a rolling one and it ended near the entry to the park from Stadium Way Street. After taking some pictures of the place and drinking some water from my Nathan Hydration Belt, I decided to cross the Stadium Way Street and go for the higher part of the park.
As I crossed the street, I took the trail on my left and it was a trail which is good for one person. As I maintained my running pace on this trail, I could see Highway 5 on my left (way down below my feet!) where I could hear the noise of cars and vehicles passing along the busy National/Federal Highway. I was practically running along the edge of the mountain! I could see more walkers along the trail who gladly went to the sides, allowing me to pass as I greeted them and I kept on running until I ran more trails and finally led me to where I started after crossing the Stadium Way Street. After reaching my starting area, I had to retrace the trail I had taken and went all the way to the top again of the mountain and took the trail back.
I crossed the Stadium Way Street once again and retraced the fire road and went to that “challenging steep winding downhill” part and try to run up to the top without walking. With much determination and positive attitude, I was able to run through this part of the fire road without stopping. Later, I was able to reach Scott Street where I started. I slowly jogged around the visitor’s park and parking area and orient myself and see where the trails are located.
I knew I had 2 hours of run along the trails and it was time to go back. From the Stadium Way Street, I took Scott Street and back towards Glendale Blvd. I took another loop at Echo Park where I replenished my water supply before proceeding to my favorite uphill climb (near Belmont High School) where I do my hill repeats before proceeding at the house.
I was able to run a distance of 22.22 kilometers (almost 14 miles) in 2:30 hours with an average pace of 6:45 minutes per kilometer. I was surprised to observe that I was “sunburned” even with the overcast sky and lower temperature during my workout run! I finished the race at 1:00 PM and immediately took my lunch. It was a nice workout. This will be my alternate trail run location but I still need to go to Griffith Park Trails for a higher altitude/elevation workout. However, what is good about Elysian Park is that I can run along its trails for hours and it is very near to my place. Next time, I will bring food provisions in my backpack in my next runs and run along its trails for 3-4 hours.
9:30 AM 31 May 2009 @ Gold’s Gym
My son and I went to Gold’s Gym at Downtown LA for a 1-hour workout. I did my core muscle and upper body workouts for one hour. I was surprised to see the overall set-up of the gym to have changed for the better since I had my last visit last year. The gym had a bigger space and more equipment. There was no “traffic’ in the use of the equipment as more options had been added due to more equipment. Before going to the gym, I was already set to do my rituals for my core muscles and my upper body muscles. It was a very fast workout with easy and light weights so that I will not strain my muscles after almost three months without any weight-lifting workouts.
After the gym workout, we returned to the house and I cooked pork adobo for our lunch. It was rest time after lunch!
7:00 PM 31 May 2009 @ Echo Park & Silverlake Reservoir
At this time here, the sun is still shining and it will take another one hour for the sunset to finally arrive. I decided to have an easy long run. I had an easy and slow start as I started to jog towards the Echo Park and did one loop and finally decided to go to the Silverlake Reservoir loop. After one loop at the Silverlake Reservoir, I started to feel the urge to relieve my urinary bladder but it became problematic when I found out that the comfort rooms at the Park were closed. I tried to control my bladder until such time that it became too dark and saw to it that there were no runners/walkers who would see me going to the thick bushes to relieve myself. I did it successfully without any problems! Sometimes, you need to take the risk when emergency comes. At least, my “style” is better than the video clip of Paula Radcliffe peeing on the street while she was running a marathon race! ha! ha! ha!
I did 4 1/2 loops around the Silverlake Reservoir before going back to Echo Park and finally proceeding home. I did another loop at the Echo Park and slowly had my cool-down run a block away from the house. I did my post-stretching exercises before entering the house. My GF 305 registered a distance of 23.10 kilometers (14.4 miles) with a time of 2:29:11 hours with an average pace of 6:40 minutes per kilometer.
I will take a day-off tomorrow for my stretching and Pilates exercises. It was a nice weekend.