Hondo Canyon is a beautiful trail in Topanga. I first ran this trail with my Coyote running group on April 4, 2015. It was early in the season and we were so new at trail running that our coaches gave us a poison ivy clinic and a how-to-run-trails clinic. I was excited to run it again on September 5, 2015 with a few of the Yotes. It’s been 5 months and I wanted to see how well I could run.
What a difference our “seasons” make! In the spring, there were pretty, yellow plants at the start of the trail.
The trail had a lot more climbing than I remember. Our total elevation gain for 8 miles was 1,658 feet.
My main goal for this run was to see how much more confident I’d be since we last ran it 5 months ago. I have been measuring my trail run success in scare factor. (Lol!) How scared am I? Hopefully not at all, like I first when I began trail running.
The best part about the run was running with fellow Coyotes! Trail running is different than road running in that it seems better to have at least one other person with you. Trails are more isolated and it doesn’t seem like a good idea to be out there alone. I have seen people run trails alone and perhaps you need to when it’s hard to schedule with others. For now, I’m so happy to have friends with whom to share these amazing views!
I love that the trail has sections that are forest-like, with leaves covering the trail.
Some sections of the trail are a little bit rocky. I’m still a bit cautious in rocky areas but I’m definitely not scared like I was. Maybe I’m at a 4, with 10 being extremely scared!
The view is gorgeous. The view of this part of the mountain was getting bigger and closer as we wound our way up the mountain.
I wanted to get to Fossil Ridge but I didn’t get that far on this day. We still had about a mile to go and we were scheduled for a 2.5 hour run. The rest of our group did make it and showed us photos of the fossils! I hope to be even stronger next time so I can see them!
Even though I didn’t get to Fossil Ridge, I am happy with my progress. I feel more confident on the trails, my footing is better and my feeling-scared-rating was at about a 2-3 overall. 🙂
I do hope to continue getting stronger as the climbing is very tough. My goal is to run a 50k and my first attempt will have about 5,500 feet of climbing. Yikes! It seems impossible at the moment and I have about 2 months to continue getting stronger.
I keep thinking, I’ll get to next level of my trail running at some point. I just have to keep pushing myself and stay disciplined in my training and eating. Since I’ve been back at school teaching for two and a half weeks, my eating has been much more controlled. I’m just so excited about my progress so far!