Victoria and I at the finishI was very concerned about the weather, going into this event yesterday. Saturday was really cold and windy and I knew it would be colder over on that side of the bay. When we pulled into the parking lot it was 41 degrees! That is way too cold for me. The scenery from that ridge was breathtaking at times. Christy and I stopped to take a lot of pictures.
The shirt I was wearing has the long sleeves in them that you can fold over your hands like little mittens so that was nice, I didn't have to worry about carrying gloves.
Me and Christy
The complete course for us was 8.42 miles. It was only 1,500' elevation gain. Totally runnable for those that are in better condition than we were yesterday. There were no steep portions at all. I would say it was probably the most mellow of any PCTR course I have ever run.
There was a very nice balance of single track and fire roads. Some of it was wide open and then we'd drop into these beautifully covered trails.
We finished in a little over two hours, hung out and chatted with friends and watched others come in. The wind did start to pick up and I was happy to be back where my jacket was. I'll be seeing a few of these friends next week when they run the Firetrails 50 miler (I'll be volunteering). And also at the end of the month at the SF One Day when I volunteer there as well. I truly love this community. It was great to be in that atmosphere again. Especially when not very long ago I was grieving over my old arthritic knee and thinking my world had come to an end.
I'm very happy I signed up and ran yesterday. We didn't even try to run the uphill portions. We ran all of the downhills and the flats. And Christy and I stuck together! It reminded me of when I first started doing trail running. That's how I learned and I loved it. Doing this yesterday reminded me of why I fell in love with trail running. It was fun again. That's the way it should be, right? Right! ;)