Heartbreak Ridge

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View from the top of the Hearbreak Ridge.

 

Went for a morning jog today at a place we (my brothers and I) like to call Heartbreak ridge.

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Heartbreak ridge is a 2.5 mile loop which has you climbing up for the first mile and then gradually declines on the back end before flattening out and taking you back to your car. We used to do several laps here to train. I think the most I ever did was 17.5 miles, or 7 laps. It’s not the most scenic course, as you are running through neighborhoods most of the time, and the trail runs right next to a busy street as well. However, there are great views of the city from the top and on clear days you can even see downtown Los Angeles.

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There are different ways to do this course. You can do laps, like I already mentioned, or At the top of the climb, there is a trail that you can follow down and around until you come back up to the top of the street that you started on. Once you get here, you can either go straight back down to your car or keep going straight down, like you would if you were doing laps, and then go all the way back to your car. That’s what I did this morning. It was hard. You spend most of the trail climbing and walking but once I hit the top of that last hill and knew that the rest of the course was downhill, I took off like a fat guy running!

I ended up doing more than 5 miles and kept an average pace of a little more than 15min\mile.

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It was a pretty cool way to kick off the ultramarathon\tough mudder training.

But my favorite part of the course is the obstacle course at the bottom of the loop. Every obstacle there is relevant to an obstacle that will be encountered at Tough Mudder and it is how I am going to get ready for this upcoming race.

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Here’s to getting in the best shape of my life in 2015!