Getting up and running out there is such a blessing. I saw a bear today heading into Idlehour but the encounter was too fast and too shocking for me to get the iPhone out to snap a picture. Here is a pic of the trail heading down into Idlehour taken a few minutes after my bear encounter:
When I got into Idlehour I filtered stream water: I love this place, as there is a beautiful sound of stream water, its cool and refreshing, in stark contrast to the hot sun exposed granite trails heading in and out the canyon. Here is a photo of the lovely Idlehour stream crossing:
|The stream at Idlehour...heaven on earth|
The temperature reached 94F in Pasadena by noon; I'd seen predictions that it would reach over 100F so I had carried a backpack with a water filter and extra bottles as usual, and had prepared myself for a long hot slog. I ran with the legs on my Columbia pants removed for a bit more ventilation, as i was wearing CEP compression socks as the calf is still coming up to speed. When I got home my better half found the fusion of the Willy Nelson upper half of me with the Charlie Brown knee socks lower half of me, to be pretty amusing:
( the REAL reason I wear long pants running)
In the course of the run I consumed 14 bottles w/ 22 oz of fluids each- that equates to 19 pounds of fluids, or 13% of my body weight if you can believe that. I came back from the run 5 lbs down (as usual), 3% of my body weight. I drank salted diluted cranberry juice with 3/4 tsp salt to the half gallon; some electrolyte mix, and some water. Fortunately when I was at the Mt Wilson gate a car came in so I was able to sneak in and access the faucet...today I needed it. Inspired by my buddy who won RAW a couple weeks ago, I also experimented with carrying a can of soup, the poptop can variety, and consumed that - unheated- at Mt Wilson. It was great! Just have to watch out for accidental inhalation of chicken. Its a terrific way to consume nutrition and salt, while avoiding the cloying sweetness of running food supplements like goos and bars, these get really awful after a while, especially when its approaching 100F out.