Monday, March 7, 2011
Coastal Trail Run - Montara Mountain...& Fresh Tracks 5k (since I'm lazy and didn't post anything last week even though I actually had plenty of time)
Quick recaps of the last two weeks -
Last Sunday I finally made it back to Camp Richardson after nearly two years for the Fresh Tracks snowshoe 5k. I LOVED doing this race in February of 2009, but missed it last year so Dave and I could close out the Folsom Trail Run series finale. No schedule conflicts this year. All of TLD (Team Library Dork) or TLG (Gimp...depending on the day) made it up there. Gretchen pretended she was french and gave up when it became evident she'd have to drive 40 EXTRA MINUTES (gasp!) to get there. Anywho, about 50 of us were there. TLD all signed up that morning after making our way through the maze of fresh snow. The snow was a bit soft, which made things more difficult than last time, but it was beautiful. Ross Mcmahan, an old running buddy of mine (and I do mean old...he's...40-double gasp!!) who happens to be an Atlas sponsored snowshoer...um, how to put this delicately...kicked my A@*. I stuck with him for a few minutes, and had a pretty big gap on third, but really didn't challenge him at all after about the four minute mark, and he won by over a minute in just over 22. Dave Cotter was kind enough to grill me up a chili dog with jalapenos for brunch, and after TLD finished (all placing in the top 3 in our respective age groups) we enjoyed a New Glarus Snowshoe Ale from Wisconsin. A quick trip to the fairly new Stateline Brewing Co. at Heavenly was a bit of a letdown...and the reason for the previous cheese themed post, but a very fun day overall. I hope this race becomes an annual tradition.
Yesterday, March 6, Dave and I ran the Montara Mountain Coastal Trail Run 10k in Pacifica, CA. I Didn't think we'd get to go back to SF so soon, but (Bay Bridge accident and insuing clusterfudge of traffic aside) I'm glad we did. It was this, or the Napa 5k (road) and, well...trail races are just better, not to mention the Coastal Trail Runs have been especially chalenging and beautiful. This 10k was just under 6 miles, but had 2 big climbs and descents. Not to mention rain coming in at a 45 degree angle. Unlike the first one we did in December, though, most of this course was runnable, despite the mud and terrain. More fun splashy mud, and less fall and bust your A@# mud, though there was a little of that too, for good measure. Our small, brave group started at 8:00, going the opposite direction that the long coursers were going (the halfers, marathoners, and 50kers did a 7.2 mile loop, then our loop). I'd done the first climb (5-600 feet) during my warm-up, so I knew what was coming. I had planned on starting conservatively, but nobody came with me so I tried to stretch things out. The first downhill was fairly technical and there was a lot of holding back, which was good. The second hill, after a short respite, was well over a thousand feet. It seemed easier than expected for the first few minutes, but I had a bit of a mental lull in the middle, before dialing it back in on what I'll call the Dejavu switchbacks. The last couple miles were an absolute blast, for the most part being able to fly down the hill all the way back down to the finish. I came across in 43:03, crossing the line first for the 1st time since last December (Redding doesn't count as technically Kirk crossed the line first). After quickly getting my long sleeves on, I started slowly back up the hill to see the field and run with Dave back down. I ended up 11:20 ahead of #2 and Dave finished #12/26, and 2nd in his AG in about 68 1/2 minutes. We loaded up on fruit, candy, etc...lost the raffles...and headed back to shower up at our hotel before going to Beer Revolution in Oakland. A semi hitting a passenger car on the Bay Bridge changed that plan though. We actually timed an 0.6 mile stretch on Hwy 101 (a few miles before the bridge even starts) in over 21 minutes, and getting slower. So...we got off, passed time in the city at 21st Amendment and City Beer, then started the long trek home. Totally worth it. Had a blast, and we hope to do more CTRs when they shift back to Sundays in the summer.
I wish I would have brought the camera on-course for my warm-up like last time...the finish pics really don't give you any sense of how cool the course was. The eucalyptus grove was especially cool...and trecherous!
I'll add some snow pics when I get another chance. Gots to go get the rugrats!!