It was such an honor to be invited to be part of the Rise Bar Rise and Run Social Event in beautiful Crystal Cove State Park here in Southern California. This hike/run was led by two amazing personal trainers Becky LaChance and Cody Ayala who also happens to be one of our very own squad members. Lots of amazing people, raffles, prizes and even had the chance to cool off at the beach right after!e do.
This weekend may have been one of the hottest weekends in a very long time. When we started our hike at 6:00am, it was already hitting the 90’s. As we continued to walk, though there was shade in most areas, we knew it was start to get warmer and as the sun rose, our shade would no longer be around. We were barely a mile and a half in, when Edgar decided it was better that we turned back around and go back, we still had another 3 miles to go in order to complete the trail but it was just not a good day to do so, not in that heat. It was not safe for us to be out there alone, in the heat and in case of an emergency.
As we started taking one step at a time, the wind became so strong, extremely strong. I was starting to feel overwhelmed with the incline, the wind, the elevation, the injured soldiers, their stories, seeing all of the support and the many hikers, that I suddenly began having troubles catching my breath. I became emotional, turned to my husband and he saw my pain, my emotion. He pulled me to a side and I broke down. He hugged me and comforted me until I was ready. His encouraging words gave me more motivation to continue.
Throughout the hike, there is so much greenery all around, which made it look so beautiful. Make sure to look for the signs because there are several trails along this route and due to the many weeds overgrowing, some have even grown over the signs. In some places, it was very difficult to see the trail because of all the grown out weeds covering it. Highly recommend to wear pants and long socks to avoid all the weeds rubbing on your legs. The views along the way are spectacular!
We were moving at a steady pace, but had to keep taking a few snack breaks and drinking water to stay energized and hydrated. It took us about 4.5 hours to make it to the top. The weather kept changing along the way and was pretty warm throughout but once at the top it was pretty chilly!! The last mile of switchbacks is probably the hardest part. It really gets your heart pumping but if you just push yourself as much as you can, you will get there.