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For the longest time I was anti-trail running. Varied terrain meant slower paces, more obstacles. However, in the past 6-9 months I would say that that mentality has changed. I realized after my race in SF that I would say 85% or more of my running is primarily trail-based. And I love it. Seriously caught the running bug with the perfect combo of running with friends on trails. And now, what do you know…I get to do it for 31 miles!

For the next couple of weeks leading up to my first 50k trail run, I will be sharing my favorite trail runs. This week we start off with San Elijo Lagoon, a definite staple in my weekly mileage. Whether it’s a traditional 6 mile run with Elisa, or a long run with several miles tacked on in the lagoon, I find myself doing a good portion of my miles here.

San Elijo Lagoon

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Entrance: The end of North Rios Ave in Solana Beach
Route: Head east on the trail, towards the freeway overpass. Follow the Solana Hills Trail and go under the overpass. Hop on the Dike/Levee Trail, until you reach La Orilla Trail, which you will follow until you hit the street at El Camino Real (Rancho Santa Fe). Turn around and follow back. Option to take the lower trail when you’re coming back west of the 5 fwy.
Miles: ~6 miles

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