Every time I run at the park I end up on different trails, heading in different directions, and continuously stopping, looking around, and admitting I've gotten myself lost, once again. As you can see by the map, the park consists of a single large horse trail and a couple hiking trails that branch out to the horse trail. I can tell you first hand that in real life, Walla Hi County Park has about 3 times as many trails as shown there, and none of them are marked all that well. On Saturday morning Parsenn and I went out to Walla Hi with the single mission of using the 405 to map out the outer horse trail. This link shows how I fared. As you can see, the first part of my run took me on a loop (the lower right part of the map) that has nothing to do with the horse trail. I then ended up on another loop that seems to be part of the main hiking trail. At this point Parsenn got himself lost from me, which delayed my progress a couple minutes. The dog has no sense of smell (although he pretends he does) and apparently can't see or hear all that well either. He was wearing his blaze orange vest and I could see him running back and forth in the woods about 20 yards away from me, looking around and trying to find me. What a dog.
After seeing a sign for the horse trail, I joined it tried my best to follow it. The good part is I actually completed a loop...although I had to turn around twice because the trail dead-ended with DO NOT TRESPASS signs. I only ran about 5 miles total, at a measly 12 minute pace, but had an AvgHR of 156 for the run, which speaks to the up-and-down-and-up-and-down nature of the park. It's my mission to figure this place out. Next time I'm bringing a pen and paper to take better notes. Perhaps some orange spray paint would help me not get lost, too.
This morning I was back out for 8 miles. We had a 15 mph wind out of the West, so I headed that direction first and had splits of 7:19/7:39/7:45/7:41 before turning around and running 6:46/7:00/6:49/6:39. I actually surprised myself a bit on the way back and felt pretty decent. Hopefully the upcoming week goes a bit better than the last two!