A couple weekends ago I was feeling pretty recovered...or basically I skipped a few workouts during the week and thought it might be best to go torture myself on a long trail run. Having no idea where to go, I googled 'trail run east bay' and came up with a local race that happened back in February. The website had detailed descriptions of the course, maps, elevations and turn-by-turn directions...basically a perfect fit for a guy who has no idea where anything is around here.
|Not sure this elevation map does ANY justice on exactly how steep some of these sections were.|
I had rode past the entrance to Redwood Park on "My Favorite Loop" ride a few times and when I found the trail run online, I knew this was where I was going to go. I loaded up with a few gels, a camera and my directions and was off for a 20K or about 12.5 miles. This was going to be my longest run in basically forever and throw in the difficulty of trails, I knew it was going to be tough.
no mater what sport you are doing here, it is uphill. I am just waiting to swim uphill next.
|Another Amazing View|
|Cool Cover Trail|
|Stream Trail- 3 miles home|
West Ridge Trail- 6 miles home
Only one way to go...
|Some single track trails...was definitely worried about Poison Oak but|
pretty hard to tell with all the other plants.
I really enjoyed the run. I might have been a bit overzealous when I picked the 20k loop as I was struggling quite a bit near the end but I made it back to my car in one piece. And with any trail run will come a bath for my legs in rubbing alcohol to make sure I do not get another case of Poison Oak.
|The smell is intoxicating...I should probably start |
marketing it as a body wash, Axe has nothing on me :)
I do feel like I am finally getting some running legs under me and though I can't say that I love running, once I get out there no matter how hard it gets, I am really starting to enjoy running...though it could definitely use a touch or sounds of my peeps from the northwest to make it even better.