April 10, 2011

Santiago Truck Trail - A Favorite

Santiago Trail - Cleveland National Forest
As training runs go, today's served up some good climbing (and descending) and a good mix of terrain.  Starting on Serrano Creek trail I made my way into Whiting Rance under clear skies.  Its amazing how empty the trials are at 7 am.  I ran for a couple of hours before I saw anyone out there.  Then the mountain bike parade began.

Some runners get down on mountain bikers, and I have said a few critical words about them, but overall I'm happy to share the mountain with them.  This stems from an incident that happened to me several years ago when I was out on Santiago Trail with another runner who ran out of water.   After she drank all of my water, she started to suffer from heat exhaustion, became dizzy and nearly collapsed.  I quickly flagged down the next mountain biker who was happy to share his water.  Ever since then I gladly share trails with mountain bikers.  

I made my way up Dreaded Hill, down to Santiago Canyon Road and then up to Santiago Trail and on to Old Camp.  Modjeska Creek was the highest I've ever seen it, no doubt from the snow pack that is quickly melting on Saddleback Mountain.   I didn't have my Garmin with me so I'm guessing the total climbing for the day was in the range of 4,500', which isn't bad for an estimated 26 mile outing.  Getting time on my feet in terrain that simulates my upcoming races is the best training I can do.  

My climbing legs are nearly back after running the Old Goat 50 miler two weeks ago.  Next on the docket: Leona Divide 50 miler on April 30, my last 50 mile race for the So Cal Ultra Series.  After that come the big boys: Bishop High Sierra 100k, San Diego 100 mile and then Angeles Crest 100 mile.  All of these races are between now and July!

Deep breaths now....


7 comments:

Hone said...

I will be seeing you at a couple of those races.

You are in for a fun painful summer!

Asha said...

Whooooa. That's a lotta miles. Good luck! Watch out for snakes and monster spiders.

EricG said...

Looks like a nice place to run Will. Good luck with all your upcoming races. Looking forward to hearing about all the adventures. That is quite a schedule you have lined up. Peace E

Rachel said...

looks like a beautiful run! and WOW, that's a packed race schedule!! with mountain bikers (or cyclists in general), i've found that the majority of them can be a bit unkind to runners...but i'll admit, i've come across a few exceptions so i try not to judge.

Tom said...

STT is one of my favorite trails, too. Do you mind telling me what all you ate on that run?

Will said...

Tom I kept it pretty simply that day...pretty much a gel plus succeed tab every hour or so, and started the day with a half Cliff builder (protein) bar. I only drank two 40 oz bottles of water which was less than optimal but it was cool enough in the early hours to get by with. Hope that helps.

Stacey (aka Ultraprincess) said...

I can see why that trail is a favorite!