Tuesday Night Trailblaze






Zoom-Zoom-Kaboom!

If you are looking for a high-intensity, outdoor workout with a wonderful group of motivating people, look no further, you have found the TNT Workout Group. Join us on the Griffith Park trails for a great workout and build strength and endurance! You will cover more miles in one night than most do over a weekend.

The group members are motivating, the views are amazing, and being outside feels great! Individually we push the pace as the group heads toward Mount Hollywood and at the peak we marvel at the view a few minutes before blazing back to the parking lot.

TNT are intense, fast-pace workouts, start-to-finish. Please read all of the details before signing up.

Are you interested in trying a TNT workout for the first time? 

• You MUST attend Week #1 or #2 before trying Week #3 or #4

• Any "newbies" that sign up for Week #3 or #4 may be denied attending 

• Only those with the fitness to RUN 5-miles without breaks may start at Week #3

The group moves very fast on Week #3 and Week #4, covering at least 7-miles with over 1800 feet of elevation gain. The pace is very fast and the workout time is 2-hours or less. From past experience with most "newbies" to the group, we realize that the distance and pace on the third and fourth week are to much for most people that are only used to "fast hiking". 

Please adhere to this request. We want people to come out and get a good workout but do not want people to be discouraged because they attend on a night that is too difficult.  

The Nitty-Gritty: TNT are interval training workouts: high-intensity, fast pace start-to-finish, bursts up hilly sections, the pace is fastest on the flats, & downhill sections, & the big climbs are individual goals.

The TNTs typically start the workouts as one group and around the 1 to 2 mile marker the group splits into two group. The Blazers (Advance TNTs) will always do more miles and elevation gain every week. The second group will always try to match the Blazers' speed but the second group sticks to the Monthly Plan (details below).

Each group is typically in small clusters during the intervals (climbs, speed sections, etc.) and individually not far apart.There are quick recover points (brief stop or brisk walk) and a short break at the top but the groups enjoys moving fast start-to-finish. The workout is not over until we return to the parking lot.

The organizer/sweep will wait at the regroup junctions, No Member Left Behind. However, you must be able and willing to maintain a fast pace start-to-finish

Members that want to try a TNT workout for the first time must attend Week #1.
The last Tuesday of the month should NOT be your first TNT workout.

Monthly Plan: (routes may be altered depending on trail conditions & weather)
Week #1- DYNAMITE LIGHT
Considered intro to TNT workouts. Short
est route of the month but trying to keep pace with the Blazers will make you sweat. Averages: 5.5 to 6 miles, gain 1000' to 1300', steady ascend to the peak, & speed work. The Blazers will typically do more miles and gain.

Week #2 - TRAIL BLAZERS' DELIGHT
You tried week #1 & it was a great workout, it was the good kind of pain, & the high-intensity pace was hard but it was fun moving fast. Averages: 6 to 7.5 miles, gain 1200' to 1500', 1 to 2 steep climbs, & speed work.

Week #3 - BLAZE TO GLORY
Keeping pace with the Blazers is hard work, you know what it takes, and you enjoy it. Tonight is not for first timers. Averages: 6.5 to 7.5 miles, gain 1400' to 1900', 2 to 3 steep climbs, & speed work

Week #4- Zoom-Zoom-Kaboom!
TNT workouts are dynamite and you need plenty of might tonight to keep the group tight. This week we trail blaze more miles in two h
ours than most do over a weekend. Averages: 7 to 9 miles, gain 1500' to 2300', 3 to 4 steep climbs, & speed work.

Weekly Bonus: climb south face of Mount Hollywood

Difficulty: (ADVANCE) TNT workouts are NOT hikes and the difficulty level is NOT for beginners.

Meet up Time:
6:45 PM and START at 6:55 PM
(sooner if all RSVPs arrive)

If your name is on the "I'm Going" list & you cannot make it please change your RSVP to "Not Attending". Thanks in advance.

Meet Up Spot/Directions: Parking Lot #2 (CLICK HERE)
The island by the entrance, east side of the lot, & first row of lights (see pic)

Recommend:
- Good traction soft-shell hike/trail running shoe
- Hydration system, water bottles, sports drink
- Lightweight layers, rain/wind breaker jacket

- Check Griffith Park weather forecast
- Snack: fruit, Energy Gel, etc.
- Headlamp (best), flashlight
- Cell phone

Optional:
- Small camera
- Trekking Poles
- Gators

Turn-by-Turn Directions
From 134 East Freeway: EXIT Forest Lawn Drive go RIGHT and LEFT on Zoo Drive (first light),  followed by a RIGHT at the first stop sign, Griffith Park Dr. Drive for about 3-miles (4 stop signs) and go RIGHT at Crystal Springs Dr. and then go RIGHT first stop sign, no street sign, but look for a Merry Go Round signs pointing RIGHT, drive on the road a bit & make a sharp RIGHT into Parking Lot #1, as you enter Lot #1 STAY LEFT, drive to the last aisle, and Go RIGHT toward Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)

From Los Feliz Boulevard Driving WEST on Los Feliz Blvd. Make a RIGHT on Riverside Drive into Griffith Park. Go TWO STOP SIGNS and make a LEFT, no street sign but look for a Merry Go Round signs point LEFT, drive on the road a bit & make a sharp RIGHT turn into a Parking Lot #1, as you enter Lot #1 STAY LEFT, drive to the last aisle, and Go RIGHT towards Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. My function as an assistant organizer is only to organize the hikes and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and event hosts of this Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • Rocky

    Hey Everyone. Just wanted to give you an update on the shoe trial. The rep is booked for the next two months and can't make it out next week. I'm going to try for a Fall season shoe trial. Sorry everyone. But it's good to know you guys are up for it.

    August 28

  • Darin

    Anybody in my group get the elevation gain we did? My garmin didn't save this workout. Natalie got 3700. That sounds like a lot. Just trying to verify we did that much. 9.5 miles and 3700 elevation gain? Is that right? Thanks.

    August 28

    • Rod C.

      I have 2210 with my app

      August 28

    • Darin

      Sounds more like it. Thanks.

      August 28

  • Carina

    Hi guys. I got to Griffith park and then the sherif called and said said I had a break in at my house. The alarm went off so they didn't have time to steal anything!! I'm good and ok!
    Missed my run

    1 · August 26

    • Rashida likes p.

      OMgee! glad to hear all is well Carina! =(

      1 · August 27

    • Carina

      Thanks, yes, nothing stolen only a broken window that I got fixed the same day!!

      1 · August 27

  • Rocky

    Group Question: Would you guys be interested in a Hoka shoe trial on the first Tuesday TNT run of September?

    4 · August 24

    • Rashida likes p.

      Rocky- size 9 please for me...in women's (if it wasn't obvious, lol!)

      August 27

    • Lou

      Ay Yo Rock! Size 12 will work. Hopefully the Rep can do it. Let him know it should be a fairly large trailblazing group

      August 27

  • Natalie M

    Thank you Darin and TNT'ers for another great run! 10.2 miles!! Nice!! Mark and I were just trying to get a little extra mileage in. ;) Thank you Darin for coming back to look for us. ;)

    1 · August 27

  • Lou

    KenDra, it's time for another round of shirts...can we order soon? If you haven't picked up an awesome TNT shirt let Ken know you are interested & bring your cash next week. He has all the details and will post it here. Pretty please

    3 · August 26

    • Dan K

      Still waiting for shirt:-)

      August 27

    • Stanley L.

      yeah i would like to check out and see how this tnt shirt you speak of looks like.

      August 27

  • Rocky

    I feel okay to run, but I'm going to play it safe and just take tonight off. See you guys next week! Have fun and he safe.

    3 · August 26

  • Andrew G.

    Great run tonight!

    2 · August 27

  • Stanley L.

    i enjoyed the great,awesomeness music that we got to hear on that secret passage way behind the greek theatre ha ha hee hee,see you guys next tuesday!

    1 · August 26

  • Kendra

    My feet hurt a little. Valar Morghulis.

    August 26

  • Lou

    Hi Gang! I'm delayed at work & can't make it, sorry. Please help guide any first time week #4 attendees. Have a great TNT burn! I'm looking forward to testing the Hokkas next week

    3 · August 26

    • Rocky

      I am hoping the rep will be available to come next week. I don't want to make anything certain, yet.

      August 26

  • Dan K

    Great week"4". 2nd group did 8.4 miles:-)

    2 · August 26

  • Jorge

    Great run! 8 miles + according to my gps. See you all next week.

    2 · August 26

  • Kendra

    Valar Morghulis...

    August 26

  • Elizabeth

    I thought I was going to feel all beat up after the race, but I'm feeling great. I'll see you guys tomorrow! BIG THANKS to Lora, Steve and Jaime who were on the trails cheering us up, motivating us and receiving us at the finish line. They sure made us feel special:)

    6 · August 25

  • Dan K

    Do they let you keep the pair? :-)

    August 25

    • Rocky

      No. You'll have to return them once the "trial" is over. Haha

      2 · August 25

    • Dan K

      Hahaha...

      August 25

  • Kendra

    Big congrats to Rocky on his 11th place finish overall at the Bulldog 50K this morning!!!! He is a monster and deserves a beer!!!

    13 · August 23

    • Rocky

      Also, a big congrats to Elizabeth who also completed the 50k- her appearance did not exhibit any type of fatigue after she crossed that line.

      7 · August 24

    • Lou

      Congratulations to the both of you!

      1 · August 25

  • Darin

    Hi Steve. Yes, this is tnt. But this will be week four (hardest week of the month) and not for people just starting with tnt. If you read the description, you will see that, unless you have been to tnt several times ( or are already a conditioned trail runner), you will probably not be allowed join us on a week three or four. Please don't be offended if you are dropped this week. You are more than welcome and highly encouraged to join us next week for a week one so that you can check it out and see if it is something you want to do. We don't let new people run on week four (unless you are currently a trail runner) so that you are not left behind or asked to turn back due to lack of proper conditioning.

    2 · August 21

    • Steve S.

      Cool thanks for the info. Wasn't sure which week you were on. I'll try it on week 1.

      August 21

  • Steve S.

    Is this the tnt workout?

    August 20

  • Anthony C.

    Thank you everyone!I had a great time

    2 · August 19

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