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Elysian Park Trail Run; Gym Workout; & Easy Long Run

2 06 2009

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.

Everything Is Colored "Brown" In The Mountains of South California

Everything Is Colored "Brown" In The Mountains of South California

Is This A House or Church?

Is This A House or Church?

A Fire Road At The Right Side of the Park From Scott Street

A Fire Road At The Left Side of the Park From Scott Street

Entrance Of the Park From Stadium Way Street

Entrance Of the Park From Stadium Way Street

Graffitis On Rocks Along The Single Track Trail

Graffitis On Rocks Along The Single Track Trail

Oh, That Uphill Climb!

Oh, That Uphill Climb!

My TNF Arnuva 50 BOA Road/Trail Shoes

My TNF Arnuva 50 BOA Road/Trail Shoes

Venue For My Hill Repeat Drills & Workout

Venue For My Hill Repeat Drills & Workout

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!

Very Hot Pork Adobo!

Very Hot Pork Adobo!

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.

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14 responses

2 06 2009
m8parco

UV rays can penetrate cloud cover. You can easily get sunburned even in a cloudy day.

Regards Mark

3 06 2009
kingofpots

it is a lesson learned. i’ll have to apply sunblock from now on. thanks

3 06 2009
rickgaston

So you found some single track as opposed to the streets and fireroad. Single track and fire roads are my favorite running surfaces. Yeah I’ve been taught that the UV rays that cause sunburn can penetrate overcast clouds and still cause sunburn in cool temps. What m8parco said.

Sir Jovie I could use some of your Pork Adobo now as it is lunchtime. I do know of a chinese grocery store nearby that sells some Filipino food. I know for a fact that they have some longanisas, tocino and marinated bangus available. Your cooking has got me craving some Pinoy fare, haha. What I hate about the taper is that my cravings for comfort food go up.

4 06 2009
kingofpots

rick, i usually go to griffith park for my trail runs but after ben informed me about the elysian park, i had to visit it immediately and i was happy that it is very close to my place. yes, there is A-1 Warehouse Store here that has all the Filipino foods & ingredients and this is where i buy our groceries. aside from running, i usually cook here for the family which I seldom do in the philippines! hehehe! good luck at SD100.

3 06 2009
sfrunner

Jovie, I can remember the Elysian Park trail very well. I vacationed there in the LA area three years ago and the day after a Dodgers’ game, I did a workout there. Yes, the hills get brown in June and probably earlier than that due to the lack of precipitation in the area. But, the trail and the fire road is nice. Just to get away from the vehicular traffic is nice in any city.

Please take care and enjoy the rest of the vacation.

4 06 2009
kingofpots

thanks, wayne. i realy enjoy running on the trails as the ground & soil are bvery soft to the feet. good luck at dipsea trail run!

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3 06 2009
benwah

I’m glad you liked that trail. That section is used for the Aztlan 5k Trail Run in late July. They make it more challenging and fun by putting obstacles and water (muddy) on the trail. On weekday mornings around 8, you may see police trainees along Stadium Way for their morning run. The Russian Orthodox Church is at the end of Sutherland St along Sunset Blvd. I used to live 2 houses next to LA River and Elysian Park was my Sat training ground. I’m off from work next Fri, maybe we can do a walkabout or Sat run with Carmela. She’s been asking me to take you to her favorite trails. Puwede bang “to go” iyong adobo Sir? Baon namin ni Rick sa San Diego. Thanks for the well wishes.

4 06 2009
kingofpots

ben, i really liked the elysian trails and the place is very near. after doing some easy runs at echo park, i can go to the park for more challenging uphills and trail runs and then back to echo park. we’ll see how i will improve in my next marathon race in PI with this workout. i might join the valley crest trail 1/2 half-marathon on the 14th. if not, we’ll schedule a run with carmela. hope to see you soon!

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