Thursday, January 28, 2010

Scenic Run

I don't usually blog about my midweek runs because usually they are dreary (lately on the 'mill in my garage) and shorter than my weekend runs (4-6 miles or so).

But Thursday was an exception. I got the chance to run outside as I had a couple of hours after dropping Kennedy off at preschool. I had work and stuff to do but wanted to squeeze in an outdoor run. I haven't ran all week, as I've limited my "running" to soccer refereeing. I've ran a total of eight miles or so Monday through Wednesday, though it's not true running.

Anyway, that's another post for another day.

I was just going to run around my block but then I realized, why should I? Why not go somewhere else, perhaps closer to Kennedy's school?

So I decided on running up Mount Rubidoux. It's a well-known area here in Riverside, but I've only actually run up it once. The whole park has several trails for running, walking, biking and the like. There are trails around Mount Rubidoux as well as on the "mountain" itself. It's not really a mountain but it does get quite hilly.

And it has nice views.

from one side of Mt. Rubidoux

You can actually see the area where my house is from here. That sort-of pale looking spot in the middle is about two streets over from my house. The lone cloud in the sky, of course, blocked the view of the snow-capped mountains.

It was a bit windy, though. That was the only problem.

Old Glory flapping hard in the wind

On one side of Mt. Rubidoux, the wind was pretty strong. But on the other side, it was mostly calm.

Up on top there is a huge cross and I believe several other crosses spread out.

atop Mt. Rubidoux

There's also an area there where you can take a rest and relax and take in the entire landscape.

Maybe someday I'll go back and take some more pics, but I took these with my phone and didn't want to linger too much. Total mileage was 3.89 and I did that in 34:27, or a pace of 8:51. Fast for me, but then again half of it was downhill.

All in all, though, much better than running around my neighborhood. Or the garage.


Mark said...

Sounds nice. I've been running first thing in the morning, and it's always cold then. Fortunately, it hasn't been too windy. I hate wind!

Amanda said...

I haven't run all week also, for various reason. I'm itching to get out and I want a trail/open space run like that.

Morgan said...

I love me a scenic run like that, totally perks up your spirits and makes your day!

Angie Eats Peace said...

Awesome shots. We don't get too many clear days around here.

Willoughby said...

I can see why you would enjoy running there. It's beautiful.

thrasherswife said...

I love running some where new, makes the run seem effortless since you can't keep track of how far you've gone, or how far you have to go, and scenic routes are the best. But wind, yuck...

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

What a scenic run, it's nice to change things up a bit, isn't it?