Epic Run – Christmas Edition!

Another epic run today, this one from the edge of the Redwoods (Pinehurst Rd & Canyon Rd) to the top of Rocky Ridge through EBMUD lands and back on the same trails.

10.65 miles each way (21.6 miles @ 3:35:59) with 4,382 feet of climb.

2:04:53 out, 1:31:06 back. 10:00 per mile EXACTLY.

All I can say is that speed work WORKS. There were times during this run I thought “holy crap, this is faster than race pace” and “I think I’m gonna bonk” but didn’t. It’s all thanks to going balls-to-the-wall hard lately after taking 5 weeks off of long runs (I think my longest run in that stretch was 9.5 miles).

My legs feel lighter these past few weeks.

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I joined Strava, too, here’s the GPS map. I’m still undecided if I like it or not. I’ll give it another week.

Here’s some pics. Oh, it rained most of the time, too.

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I also learned how to do panoramic shots, here’s my first ever:

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Soooooo much sweet California single-track…

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More panoramas:

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These canyons are very green right now. I say “yes” to rain.

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Another panoramic, this one from the top of the ridge looking east at Mt. Diablo and the radio tower.

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This one starts at the radio tower and looks south.

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Here’s the happy runner-slash-photographer-writer:

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…and some more single-track to take you home:

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Just to give you an idea, here’s a zoom in of the above shot to show the distance between these canyon ridges:

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That’s all. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night run tomorrow!

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