Each year Runners Lane puts on The Beast Charity Run that benefits the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. The Beast is a challenging up hill trek. About 4.5 miles up and obviously 4.5 miles down. This is a great event that supports a great cause.
Team Runners Lane always has things going on, from marathon training, to Spartan Race training…Ultra Marathons, hikes…whatever. My posts always talk about how this group of people has motivated me from my sedentary lifestyle to completing a half marathon. And I have other goals ahead. Goals are good.
In this post, I’ll share a little bit about my journey up The Beast.
First I have to thank this guy, Mark Shaffer.
He’s the driving force behind mud events and leading the Spartan Race Team training. Mark encouraged me to do the Down and Dirty Obstacle Race.
After he did his 6 mile course, he and another Team Runners Lane motivator Amy Birnkrant helped me with my 3 mile course. These people are amazing!
I’m slow and OK with that. This year we had a family Christmas Party and I knew it would take me a while to get this done…and it was time I didn’t think I had, so I was not planning to get to the top.
That said I did go up just over 3 miles to about the 2000 foot level. It’s hard to see in this picture, but in the middle where it’s lighter is Highway 14, which was where we started.
On the journey, I visited with a group of mountain bikers.
These people were pretty nice folks and I realized how hard it is to go up steep hills like this on a bike.
I have started to cycle as well, but I think mountain bike riding may be too hard, but who knows…maybe I’ll try it.
When I went to The Beast Charity Run last year, I may have went a half mile, and came back to have a delicious breakfast burrito and hang with people.
This year, I really wanted to accomplish something. It was cold, but I wore layer Sport-Tek and OGIO Endurance apparel which helped. Cold of course for Southern California of course, is not really cold. Initially, I thought I would do 2.5 up and make it a 5 mile journey, but I wanted to push it further a went past my 3 mile goal ending up going 6.2 miles.
Now that I have seen pictures from the top of The Beast I want to go there. On a clear day you can see to the Pacific Ocean. It’s another 1000 feet from where I went, but I can do it. I’m going to do it with a friend soon, while the weather is nice, before the famed El Nino storms come, bringing Southern California badly needed rain.
My next bigger event may be the Great Race 10K. This is apparently one of the Top 6 10K’s in the country. It’s beautiful, but I believe very hilly. Getting used to hills is good. Challenging yourself is a good.
I am blessed that I have a group of people who challenge and encourage me. I encourage you to challenge yourself. Have fun doing it!