So yesterday J Man and I ran a 5K mud run as Pebbles and Bam Bam. It was really fun, and I totally want to do another one now.
And...... I've been heavily considering doing a half marathon with some friends in March next year. I must start training for that now, hard and heavy. When I decide for sure if I'm doing it in March and who's training with me, I'll be needing some really good running shoes (hint hint, if anyone wants to sponsor me).
So today the J Man and I went on a pretty epic adventure.http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Stairs-Walking-Historic-Staircases/dp/1595800506
There are secret stairs all around LA and I happen to live near some. These are the stairs J and I regularly run. When I say secret or hidden, I really mean that. There are people who have lived in the area for years and don't know these public places exist.
The link up top is the book that I bought recently which has the stairs I run and many more hidden gems.
We went out to Pacific Palisades to do the final hike in the book... yep skipped straight to the hardest and one with most stairs. There's no way I would have even found some of this stuff without making sure we took the book with us.
We took narrow winding sets of stairs down until we came to this abandoned compound. It shut down circa WWII when it was found those operating it were Nazi spies. Now what's left are derelict structures and piles of metal for climbing on, a taggers paradise and something straight from a horror movie.
I wish I had brought a camera to take pictures because it is really awesome discovering such hidden and historical places.
The stairs coming out of the canyon were the hardest. I would have never found them if I hadn't had the book on me, since the entrance was completely covered with brush and trees. It's over 515 steps without stopping. Now I can jog the 3 sets near me that J and I usually do, that's about 410 up. No way you could run up this series.
The small concrete stairs seemed to head all over the place around the compound. I hope we go back soon and take pictures.
After that we headed to Santa Monica to try climbing the ropes there. I made it up and have a few minor rope burns for it. Found out I can no longer do a pull up, sad. I hate knowing how fit I was and how much I could do and no longer can.
We watching some acro-yoga and acrobats on the beach. I wish I could do stuff like that. There were people easily 40's and over doing some of the stuff too.
I guess it's never too late to start getting back into shape but I need more pushing.
Hmmmm... for now I'll just think about the next time I'll get to do the super stairs again and get sweet pictures of the remains.
Anyone in LA or visiting must come check this out.