This week I want to tell you about another one of my top runs. I had a chance to run it New Years Days and its always an experience. I've mapped out a 5.37 out and back route through Murphy Ranch Park but you can start farther away from the park to make you run longer or even start closer to make it shorter yet still enjoy the run through the park trails. For the purpose of this blog I started it at Whittier and Colima Rd. You could park in that area and begin by goign east on Whittier then turn left on La Serna Rd. north up until you reach La Serna High School. Turn right and follow the road straight to Murphy Ranch Park. As you enter the park the trail begins immediately. There are several smaller trails you can try out but for today lets have you stick to the main trail and run straight for about 600 meters at which point you will start to climb and begin the "switchbacks" for a quick right then left then right then a longer stretch with a final left turn still going uphill. after another 1/2 mile of so you will reach the end of the park and the top of the climb taking you out of the park and on to Le Flore Rd. Turn left and head down to to another dirt path for another 1/2 mile to the end of the route. You are now at the turn around point and some amazing views! Take some picks and head on back the way you came. You could continue down either Colima trails to a slight left or right down Las Palomas to make you run a bit longer if you prefer. This is another hilly run with some very steep sections so be careful on the way down and control your pace. As always consider safety and run in groups or at least with a running buddy especially in area like these with little other people around. I promise next week we will add a run more on the flat side and get away from all these hills! If you like great views and getting away from the traffic of the city this route is a great option! If you are not quite ready for these steep hills it also doubles as a great hike for your and your family! Here is the link to the Map of this route. As always best of luck with all your running goals! Enjoy!
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Coach Rojas has 11 combined years of coaching experience at various levels including coaching a high school D1 State finalist team and 3 years in a row of a top 10 state ranking. He is passionate of the sport of running and loves to see new runners take up the sport! He wants to share a lifetime of running experience to all