There is a hummingbird nest in our backyard! It is really fun to see her nesting. Check it out here.
I planned to get between 18 and 20 miles today. I would have had 20, but I kept running out of trail. I ran the length of the Catway until I hit a dead end. Then I ran back and took the Zaca Peak fireroad. I ran out of fireroad there, but continued on a very overgrown single track until it became too overgrown to continue.
But I ended up with 19.4 miles, and that’s close enough to 20. In the beginning of the run, it was 40 degrees and super foggy. Four miles in, I made it above the fog for some great views. It got a bit warm for the next few miles, but right around the halfway point, clouds started moving in, and it cooled off. It made for a very nice run.
There was not much wildlife to be seen today, but I did run into a horned toad. I used to see those things all the time when I was a kid, but I almost never see them now. My legs felt good the entire run. My feet didn’t hurt as bad as the last 18 miler. I’m tired now, but feeling good. Good stuff today.
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Being in Glendora again, I decided to hit up the best trail I have found in the area so far: the Mystic Canyon Trail. It was about 80° at the start, and it is a steep climb. I shot some GoPro footage while I was out there to make it more interesting. It was actually really nice, especially in the higher elevations where there was more of a breeze. I enjoyed it, and my legs felt good.
Yesterday, I found a hummingbird nest in one of our backyard trees. There is one tiny egg in it. This afternoon, Jill told me she saw the mom in the nest, so I had to get a few photos. Mom was very patient with me, so I tried to move as fast as possible. I think I got the shot.
Today, C dog and I climbed the Pt. Sal hill to the top and then headed up the ridge a little ways. We met two other German Shepherds and a friendly gentleman new to the area. On the ridgeline, the fog was blowing in from the Pacific and rolling along the ridge.It was really nice and kept it cool.
On the way down, C dog did great until we came out of the fog for the last 1.25 miles. He was clearly tired and hot. I gave him a few minutes to cool down even though there was no shade around the last half mile, and I think it helped. He picked up the pace and kept in front of me until we reached the car. He did good. I think I’ll limit his top mileage to a 10k going forward. I do not want to do anything to cause him to overheat.
As soon as we got home, he wanted to play catch with me, so I think he was fine. He’s a good running companion.
Yesterday, on the way home from Ventura, I hit up the Romero Canyon loop. This is one of my favorite Santa Barbara trails, so I brought the GoPro to film it. That always makes for a fun run. The weather was perfect. No wind. Mild temps. Very few people. It just got nicer and nicer as the sun set. It was a great way to end the day.