Yesterday I had a chance to preview a portion Topanga Canyon 10k. I ran up to Eagle Rock, it’s a huge rock in the middle of a state park. I really beat myself up over not having a camera available because the views of the Pacific Ocean were amazing from that vantage point. I wore a cotton shirt (I know rookie move) and a windbreaker. The windbreaker was a blessing because towards the end of the uphill section there were some areas where a “motivated” breeze made progress slow. The way back down was great, technical near the rock, but fire roads besides that which made weaving a whole lot easier. Overall I ran for almost an hour, and not very far but I was please with my calves. The elevation change was 950 feet approximately and I felt good about it. I think that a few more test runs on this trail and I could definitely be ready for the American River 50. Not that it’s the same, but just the desolate feeling is something I have not gotten used to in my running and I know that’s going to be a big part of it.