HIKING/TRAIL RUNNING: Wildwood Canyon Cardio Workout

Join us for a great evening workout in Wildwood Canyon in the Verdugo Mountains near Burbank. The views of the city lights are amazing and it sure beats that boring treadmill/stairmaster in the gym. Chances are you'll get a much better workout too.

Training Concept:
This will essentially be a form of interval training, which is actually quite effective for increasing your cardio capacity/fitness level. Since we are all at different fitness levels some of us will likely keep a faster pace than others. We'll all try to push ourselves a bit to get our heart rate up and then catch our breath and re-group at the tops and junctions.

Difficulty: "Advanced "
You need to be well conditioned for this workout. Although the distance is short this is a high intensity workout and several sections are quite steep. This is not a slow paced "social hike". We'll keep a fast pace power-walking uphill and jogging/trail running on the flats and downhill to get our heart rate up to improve our conditioning. If you don't like running this may not be a good workout for you.

We typically do the same trails every week, so expected stats are, the bench at the Wildwood peak in 45 mins or better, the highest antenna peak in 70 mins or better and the completion of the whole hike/trail run in 2 hrs or better, it is 7.7 miles with 2215 feet elevation gain, perfecto for a weekday hike workout.

Extra Weight Option:
For those of you who are very fast and may feel the group is not moving fast enough, consider bringing a weight vest or backpack with weight - sand, books etc. Avoid hard objects with sharp edges like rocks though as it may hurt your back. I would only suggest this if you have attended one of these and know that you can move a lot faster than the group. The extra weight will slow you down significantly.

The Plan:
We'll meet by the entrance to the park at about 6:30 PM, do some stretching and introductions etc. and get started heading up the trail at 645 PM sharp.

At the peak we'll catch our breath for a few minutes and enjoy the city view before heading back down.

The hiking route:
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1801198.

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/render_route_video?route_key=2634270272&site=mapmyrun.com

(needs Google Earth installation)

Distance & Elevation Gain:

About 7.7 miles and about 2200 ft or so cumulative elevation gain/loss.

Time Required:
About 2 - 2½ hours or so.

What To Bring:
- Headlamp (best) or flashlight and spare batteries (important)
- Trail running shoes or flexible hiking booths with plenty of traction (important)
- Hydration system (best) or bottle with water or Gatorade etc.
- Your cell phone
- Layered clothing including a light wind breaker jacket
- Consider camera

Directions:
Click here for Google directions to the meeting spot.

Parking:
There should be plenty of parking in the large parking lot left of the park entrance. Do not drive into the park through the gate.

No Shows:
It is inconsiderate to the organizer and anyone on the waiting list to RSVP and not show up, therefore I am registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum 30 minutes before the start of the event. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you may not be admitted to the event when there are people on the waiting list.

DISCLAIMER:
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. If you are in doubt please get a check-up with a physician. As an event organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you. I am simply a "training buddy", nothing more. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold me or our Meetup group liable in any way.

 

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  • Ken S.

    Stupendous! Outrageous! Amazing! Enlightening! Life Changing!

    December 12, 2012

  • shantelle

    If i am 5min late is it probable that i coukd catch up tou guys??

    December 12, 2012

    • Mark (.

      you have +5 min tonite, but you will run faster in exchange :)

      December 12, 2012

    • shantelle

      Im on glenoaks and harvard. Is that close??

      December 12, 2012

  • shantelle

    Also, would someone thats going mind offering their number?? Just in case i get lost, i call u,lol??

    December 12, 2012

    • Ken S.

      Good point, Mark!!!
      Cheers!!

      December 12, 2012

    • Mark (.

      I was kidding, no one is allowed to run faster than me at Wildwood ;)

      December 12, 2012

  • shantelle

    R u guus leaving sharp at 6:45??i left 5:45 but there is heavy traffic

    December 12, 2012

  • shantelle

    Hello everyone:-)

    December 12, 2012

    • Mark (.

      Hi Shantelle :)

      December 12, 2012

  • shantelle

    Well, i guess thats why we use flashlights! Im very excited for this hike/run!

    December 12, 2012

  • shantelle

    I just realized it will be dark by 6:45pm ( which is fine with me) but i just wanted to make sure this is the right time...also, how do you see??

    December 12, 2012

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