Kristin Armstrong talks about ‘re-set runs’ – using runs to transition between periods in her life. I’ve always loved the idea, and on Saturday morning, I did one of my own.
My parents left on Friday, flying back to the UK. Their fortnight visit went ridiculously fast and was just the happiest two weeks. Apart from normal tourist stuff, I loved taking them to Wholefoods and REI and Target – just wandering round Target with my Mum was bliss. So when we left them at the drop-off zone at the airport, it was pretty grim. (We no longer accompany them into the airport. The first time they left us in California, we took them to security where we all cried so hard that total strangers around us started crying too). That was why I was really REALLY glad to have pre-arranged a trail run with Jen for early Saturday morning. Something to look forward to.
We met in the car-park. Jen had driven over from the East Bay, getting up a ridiculous o’clock to come and run my ‘hood! My boys were going to hike so I kissed them goodbye and we set off.
The first few miles uphill were tough but it was so much shorter than the other week’s race that it seemed to be over quite soon and we were at the top where we joined Skyline Trail for six miles. 5 of those miles were new to me and I really enjoyed running them. Skyline runs along the ridge at the top of the mountains and is pretty flat for round here, mainly under redwood cover so not too hot. We ran along, chatting and passing some mountain bikers, some runners and some horses but for a lot of it, it was just us and the redwoods.
Eventually we crossed into Wunderlich Park – there was a dearth of sign-posting which caused a little confusion but we found the trail quickly and started the long descent to the car-park and the end of the run. I’d been looking forward to plunging downhill but it seemed to go on FOREVER! But eventually, we turned a corner and saw the Husband and the Dude hiking up to meet us and we all ran to the car-park! 12.6 miles in 2.45.18 at 13.00 pace!
Jen and I were STARVING so we tucked into flapjack that I’d brought. Apparently, here ‘flapjacks’ are like pancakes – in the UK it’s a fantastic oat-filled fuel for running/cycling/hiking. Check out the recipe here. (I’m not trying to generate page views, this seriously good stuff and you should make it).
We picked up Jen’s car back at the start-line and drove up to Alice’s to fill our faces. It had been a fab run. Running from one park to another park, especially via a new trail, felt like a real adventure for me! It really lifted my spirits!! Trails for the win!!