Thursday, January 1, 2015

NYE Run ~ The Trail I Was Bound to Find


On New Year's eve we had some beautiful (but cold for here), weather. It only made sense to make the most of it, so I took my dog (I dog-share with my inlaws. It's complicated.), to a logging road I only recently discovered was any good for running.


This road is only minutes from my house. I have driven past the access road hundreds of times but never went up it until a few days ago, when I figured out it is actually pretty runnable!

You only have to hike or drive up 1600 ft in 2 miles before you start running ☺





The rolling nature of the gravel logging road made this a really fun workout.

I got some climbs, but nothing too serious. And the views were great!


Sorry! It's kind of blurry in macro mode, but I wanted to share what was up there. My hubby has come up here to hunt before and he was surprised the road gates were open.

This is a BLM public access road. A timber company is hard at work on week days, so I suspect they are keeping the gates unlocked for all the log trucks to come up and down.. Which means it's not a good choice for a midweek run.


 

We beat the sunset back to the car and I found I had left my lights on! Good thing I wasn't out too long.




 Runner safety reminder: Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
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Did you run on New Year's eve? 
What are your running goals for this year? 
I have one general goal: to stay uninjured. And if I don't make that goal, I'd better have a PR in something to excuse it!
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Congratulations to the winners from the Orange Mud contest! 
Happy New Year!!


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    1. Thanks Gracie! Happy new year!

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  2. What a great discovery! But I'm glad you had your dog with you. Dog sharing actually sounds like a brilliant idea. I did run on NYE. It was a whole 3 degrees. Happy New Year!

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    1. That's downright frosty! 0_0
      dog-sharing is great- :D

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  3. Gorgeous place to run! Dog sharing does sound like a great idea? I did run on NYE. It was chilly enough for a jacket in Arizona but at least I got to wear shorts. Happy New Year!

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    1. Shorts and a jacket! That's my 45f running attire- or substitute long sleeves over another top for the jacket. Looks like you guys had fun! Happy New Year!

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  4. Beautiful trail!
    I don't really have running goals, besides try to come back from long-term injury without reinjuring, and try to gain even a fraction of my confidence back. 2014 is the year to forget.

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    1. Yay for a fresh calendar! You have a clean slate ♥ !!

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  5. Wow, what an amazing run! I haven't been out on a trail since the beginning of December before I moved; I have plans to meet some people for a trail run Sunday morning, and I'm craving being in the woods so badly that I literally dreamt about it last night!

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    1. I don't think there are many things that are as much fun as a group trail run, Brenda! I hope you have a fantastic time!
      Don't forget to turn off the car lights and take the key out! :D

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  6. I love the shadow photo! Just sent you a message about where you live in relation to Pleasant Hill. Maybe we can hook for a run sometime..

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    1. P hill is definitely in my M-TH daytime radar. I sent you an email! Couldn't find the message- but that's probably my fault and not yours. Hope we can meet up!

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  7. "Only" 1600' in two miles. Easy peasy! Lol. Looks gorgeous up there, though. The climbs are always worth it. Happy New Year, my friend! Cheers to running uninjured in 2015!

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    1. Yeah! It would be a very good uphill hike. I see you have gotten familiar with that kind of thing :D Going back down would be exciting, to say the least!
      Wishing you all the best for a happy HEALTHY 2015, Pahla.

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  8. I think I need to come visit you and run those trails. Gorgeous!!

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    1. Yes!! You would have a great adventure here, Laura. Happy new year to you and your beautiful family :)

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  9. Beautiful pics and love how uncrowded the trails look there! Glad you found a new spot, that's always fun..Keep at it!

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    1. Definitely uncrowded here! No cars. No runners. Nobody!
      Thanks Dawn! Nice to see you testing the legs out too.

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  10. Hi Sweet Girl...
    Gorgeous pictures, as always. I hope you stay injury-free, too - you so deserve a year where that nagging foot doesn't take you down anymore.

    I ran 4.1 miles on NYE (when I should have been in bed :)) just so I could get in 2014 miles for the year!! :)

    Happy New Year! We have to email and catch up on life soon. Hope 2015 is super good to you and your family! xo

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    1. I got your foot, but it's someone else's turn. Looking forward to catching up soon,Jill!

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  11. What a gorgeous trail/road! Great find.

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  12. I love finding new routes. Unfortunately, I'm totally tapped out here. LOL. Happy New Year, Raina!

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  13. A beautiful workout in a beautiful place.
    We have the same 2015 goal: no injures!
    And of course I have run on the new year's eve. It was a workout through the city to enjoy the atmosphere.

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    1. I bet that was a beautiful run, Stefano!

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  14. SO jealous of your trails.

    My in-laws suggested dog sharing recently... we live in a small apartment so they would 'house' it. Don't think I'm brave enough to try it haha :)

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    1. Dog sharing: It's actually a really sweet deal for me! It's expanded my running options considerably and she's so sweet.

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  15. What a great spot for a run :) Lucky you could start the car. I hope you can stay injury free this year! I would love more runs where I don't have to worry about traffic, but my pickings are limited. I was running on the treadmill new years eve, not to exciting, but I got it done.

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    1. I was very lucky.
      Good for you running on the treddy. I've been using mine too!

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  16. What awesome trail and even better views! I bet your dog loved roaming and sniffing along. I like the picture you posted of the dog with its nose to the ground.

    I did run on New Year's Eve and on the first day of the New Year. It just dawned on me this is the first I've ever done a New Year's Eve/New Year combo run. Hope your New Year is off to a great start.

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    1. Great job on the back to back runs, Luisa! Well done!
      Pepper doesn't dilly dally much, but I think she found something (gross) interesting on the ground!
      :P

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  17. Happy New Year! Finally getting around to check in to see how all my blogging friends are doing! I looked at a few of your past posts, Happy Birthday and Congrats on your kitties! Great pics, it looks like an awesome run! Hope you have an injury free 2015! Carri~A Running bee

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  18. Great pictures! There is nothing better than experiencing a new trail or route for the first time.

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  19. Nice run - looks a beautiful but tough trail. Lovely day for it!
    Yes, I ran New Year's Eve. Aiming to run more days this year (missed 71 days last year). Goal in 2015 is to break 22 for 5k - a time that used to be a very easy jog, but now, so difficult!

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