Escape the road and step into nature! Join fellow Pacers every Saturday in exploring the trails of the Lower & Central Arroyo Seco and the Los Angeles National Forest. Our Trail Runners travel from 4 to 12 miles on singletrack and fire roads while also hopping across some rocks and creeks. You won’t believe you’re still in Los Angeles!
Trails will improve your leg strength and aerobic base, making you a well-rounded runner. The undulating terrain will help build strength and reduce the risk of injury since you use different muscles at different times. Despite the fact that trail runs are more slowly paced, these workouts actually increase runners’ speed and endurance.
Upcoming Saturday mileage is posted on our Facebook page, and you can easily join the Trail Runners group just by showing up. Every third Saturday, elite runners from our favorite local running store, Run With Us, will lead us on a new adventure.
When We Meet
Trail Runners meet at the general all-club meetup at 7:00 on Saturday mornings. Training groups meet just south of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on the south end of Lot I. Check the Pacers calendar to verify specific location and time as conflicts occasionally cause a change in location. And if you can’t make Saturdays, Coach Ezra leads additional trail runs on Sunday mornings at Griffith Park. Follow his posts on Facebook for notification of the route and meeting times.
What To Bring
All you need are a water bottle filled with enough water to last through the entire run and your sense of adventure!
In order to get the most out of your training, we offer these recommendations to keep you motivated, in great shape, and enjoying your workouts:
Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
Nutrition becomes more important as your miles increase. You’ll need to consume more protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins to support your training.
Hydration plays a larger role as your mileage increases. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and always carry water with you. Be mindful that the demand for hydration is changeable depending on heat, cold, and humidity levels.
Set goals and track progress. Keeping a log will help keep you motivated. Enter your miles and some details about the run. Was it humid? Windy? Hot? Keeping track of your running will help you prepare for the next run and will show you how much you have improved.
If you feel any pain while running, stop immediately.
Find a partner for your workouts. You and your partner can keep each other motivated, take your mind off the hard work, and give each other encouragement. Use the club’s Facebook page to help find running partners in advance.
Stretching after long runs is important for your recovery.
Take advantage of hill training and track workouts to help improve your stamina, speed, and strength.
Follow the rules of the road.