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Saturday
May192007

Holcomb Valley trail run


Ran the Holcomb Valley trail run race course today with Anne. The course starts on the shore of Big Bear Lake (elevation 7000 ft) and heads up quickly from there. The first 2 miles climbs the steep, rocky Cougar Creek trail to meet the Pacific Crest trail. From here the trail somewhat levels out and follows dirt roads until climbing again around mile 7 to meet the PCT again. The course follows the PCT back to Cougar Creek trail then back down the steep rock trail to return the starting point for 15 miles. Being that I mostly run around desert areas, running at elevation was really hard!

Wednesday
May162007

Sycamore Canyon trail run

Trail ran at Sycamore Canyon this morning. Headed across the street from home to the Central Ave trailhead and headed up. Ran to the Pepsi Bottling plant then headed back making a loop. Didn't see anyone else out (it was a really nice cool foggy morning) but did see 2 coyotes along the way. Unfortunately there wasn't much rain this year so there are no wildflowers in the canyon. Most years around this time, the flowers are waist high.
The GoLite Sun Dragon shoes worked great. They really grip the trail well and I was really able to stay in control in the downhill sections (there is lots of up and down here). However, they may not be giving me enough support with my over pronation. Its hard to tell yet, maybe after a few more runs. Regardless, they are better than my previous shoes.

Tuesday
May152007

Mt Rubidoux - try out new trail shoes

Ran Mt. Rubidoux tonight. I bought a new pair of trail running shoes and wanted to try them out before getting out on a long run. My previous shoes did not offer enough support and I found that I was over pronating my left foot which was giving me cramps in my left calf muscle. They are Sun Dragons made by GoLite. I bought them on Zappos.com which offers free overnight shipping, no tax in CA and free shipping on returns.
The shoes are specifically designed for trail running with around 10 "lugs" on the bottom for better grip. The lugs are hard tread that float on a soft rubber making them act like little springs under your feet. They absorb shocks and form to uneven trail. These shoes really stood out while running down hill (the past is 2 miles up/2 miles down) keeping a great footing allowing you to take bigger and faster strides. The shoes are sold as 1 + 1/2 sizes (mine are 11-11.5) and come with inserts to allow custom sizing. They seem to run a little big with lots of room in the toe box (great for me, I have big feet). Can't wait to get out onto a trail with them.

Saturday
May122007

Mt. Rubidoux

Ran Mt Rubidoux tonight. Still trying to get back to normal after being sick for a couple weeks.

Wednesday
May092007

Torrey Pines trail running

Ran at Torrey Pines State Beach today. Started out at the top parking lot and ran down to Guy Flemming trail, around it then up to Parry Grove trail. From there, ran back to the top lot then down Razor Point trail to Beach Trail and back up via Broken Hill trail (North). A really nice day for running by the ocean, but really hot even for San Diego. I ran around 11am and the sun was killer!

Tuesday
May082007

First run back after being sick - Mt Rubidoux

So I've just been working a lot of overtime and trying to get over being sick. Its been two weeks now and I am still coughing but feeling good enough to go for a run. Its really hot (99 F) today, but started to cool off this evening. Started out around sunset and gt to the top after the sun had set. From the top we could see the flames from 2 wild fires - one to the North in Fontana and one to the South near Corona. It was amazing to see how fast those fires could move in such a short time that I was watching. Too bad I didn't bring my camera.

Friday
May042007

Pharmacy Informatics Lecture

I was down in San Diego today to give a lecture about the use of hand held technology in pharmacy practice and the application of informatics for new practitioners. It was for a Pharmacy Informatics course at the UCSD School of Pharmacy where I graduated from last June. The class size was about 60 students and the lecture lasted about 2 hours. I was kind of strange being on the lecturer side of the room and to be introduced as "Dr. Joseph Ennesser"
It went really well and I think quite a few of the students were excited to hear about how they could implement new technology into their practice of pharmacy.

Sunday
Apr222007

La Jolla Half Marathon - out sick

I was supposed to run the La Jolla half marathon today. After getting out of work last night, we drove down to San Diego. Along the way, I started feeling kinda sick and within a few hours I had a fever, sore throat and runny nose. I thought I could still run the race but by 2am, it was only getting worse and there was no way. I really glad I didn't run because today I feel like crap but I'm really bummed out about not running.

Wednesday
Apr112007

Mt Rubidoux run

I guess I didn't get enough running in today at Santa Rosa Plateau so I ran up Mt Rubidoux tonight with Anne. Started right around sunset and it had cooled off nicely and gotten kinda windy.

Tuesday
Apr102007

From home to Mt. Rubidoux

Ran from home to Mt. Rubidoux tonight.

Tuesday
Apr102007

Santa Rosa Plateau trail run

Went down to San Diego today so I stopped at Santa Rosa Plateau this morning. Parked at the Visitors Center and headed down Waterline Rd (4wd rd), turning onto Monument Rd (4wd) at the gate. Saw 3 deer on this part of the trail, then took the single track Punta Mesa trail past the Adobe House, turning left up Vernal Pool trail single track. Past the Vernal Pools, took Los Santos trail up to Overlook Hill (great views of the entire Reserve here) and down to Coyote trail and Oak Tree trail which dumps out to Tenaja Truck trail (4wd) then back via Waterline Rd.
This area is a great place to run with nice rolling hills. The trails are very well maintained and the park reminds me of pictures of the grasslands in Kenya. Picked up a copy of the Reserve map and scanned it here: trail map. The road is red, 4wd roads blue, and single track trails green. Total distance today 11.6mi at 8.5 min/mi

Sunday
Apr082007

Pacific Crest Trail out and back


Drove 1/2 hour East of Hemet on Hwy 74 to the Pacific Crest Trail crossing. Took the PCT South from the gate on Hwy 74 running about 1 mile past Table Mtn Truck Trail (dirt road) where there was a good view overlooking the Anza area. Turned around here and headed back (at 6 miles). The PCT is all single track, very well maintained, and mostly loamy dirt and sand. The elevation at the trail head is about 5,000ft with this section of the trail having an elevation change of 1,000ft. It was a really nice day, but windy with good cloud cover for most of the run. We never saw any other people along the entire 12 miles. See a map and trail metrics here.

Friday
Apr062007

Torrey Pines trail run

Down in San Diego today so ran at the Torrey Pines State Beach. Started at the top parking lot, ran down to and around Guy Flemming trail, then up to and around Parry Grove trail. From there up to the Razor Point trail, down to Beach trail then back up via North Broken Hill trail.

Thursday
Apr052007

Santa Rosa for lunch and Mt Rubidoux for dinner

Went to Santa Rosa Plateau today to try out my new pair of inov8 trail running shoes. Taking somewhat the same route as last time, I ran into a huge swarm of bees about 3 miles out - it was like a black could over the entire trail. I waited for them to clear off then kept down the same trail where about a mile later (in a down hill section), there were 2 people with a blanket spread out over the single track trail laying there reading books! They even had the nerve to give me attitude when I ran past them even though I had to go off the trail to get around. The rest of the run was uneventful.

Later in the day, went for a run up Mt Rubidoux at sunset. Nice cool breeze the entire way.

Monday
Apr022007

Mt Rubidoux run

Easy run at Mt Rubidoux before work this morning. Finally got a pair of street running shoes with more cushioning which made the run nice.

Sunday
Apr012007

Chino Hills trail run

Ran at Chino Hills State park today. Its a large, nice park with lots of trails, multiple entrances and is split between Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. We started out from the Yorba Linda side at the Fairmont trailhead. Started down Easy Street to Telegraph Canyon, then up North Ridge trail (which is all uphill). Reached Gilman Peak (2,000ft elevation gain from start), then headed down Sycamore trail (single track) to Telegraph Canyon and back up Easy Street to the trailhead. Total distance 10.7 miles. Details here.

Wednesday
Mar282007

Santa Rosa Plateau trail run

On my way down to San Diego today, I ran at the Santa Rosa Plateau. Did the same trail as a few weeks ago - from the Visitors Center (on Clinton Keith) out via Punta Mesa trail, past the Adobe House to the Vernal Pools, then back via Trans Preserve trail. See a map of the park here. Saw a few tarantulas along the way and actually saw two other trail runners doing the same course I was but in reverse. Lots of snow on the surrounding mountains which made for nice views. Distance 9.88mi

Tuesday
Mar272007

Box Springs trail run



Had the day off today so I went for a long run at the Box Springs reserve mountain park. I can see the peak of Box Springs from my window and I've been thinking about doing this run for a while, today seem like a good day to do it.
It was a nice cloudy day, cool and looking like it was going to rain. Started from home and ran up Central, Watkins, Blain, and Belvedere to the Two Trees trailhead (behind UCR area) which started at 3.2 miles. Headed up Two Trees which is really steep, finding myself at a fast walk pace at times. The trail ends where it meets the Box Springs tower dirt road, at this point I headed up to the top of the road where the "M-trail" starts (the big "M" seen from Moreno Valley). Total elevation gain was 3,000 feet now at 7 miles. From here I took the M-trail down into Moreno Valley. M-trail is a steep single track trail that is very loamy. Meeting Pigeon Pass road, I took Ironwood to Lochmoor and back to Central Ave. Both trails are in good condition and the view of Riverside and Moreno Valley are unbeatable. Total distance 13.5 miles.

Monday
Mar262007

Mt. Rubidoux

Ran Mt. Rubidoux tonight just before sunset, easy pace up and down. Lots of people out tonight.

Friday
Mar232007

Lake Hodges trail run

I was down in San Diego today so I stopped to run at Lake Hodges. The weather was nice, sunny and around 70F. Started from the trailhead at Via Rancho Parkway and ran West, taking the upper trail on the North side of the lake. Followed the trail to the marina then on pavement over to the park near Del Dios Hwy where I picked up the trail again. I was planning on running to the dam (for 15 miles round trip), but about a mile from it the trail was closed (w/ chain link fencing near the Hideaway restaurant) due to construction so I turned back. Followed the same route back but taking the lower trail. 12.7 miles at a 9min/mi average. To see an active player of the course, click here .