This third iteration of the run I had doubts about my fitness level going in. I took december off, and have had a tough time getting back to where I was before the break. I have probably had four of my lowest mileage training weeks since I got serious about my running a couple of year ago. I have also been working through nagging issues like achilles tendonitis that resulted from me trying to up my mileage too fast. But I felt pretty good after the run last weekend, and this week was pretty much pain free. The weather was looking good, and I decided to give it a shot!
Since I was not as confident about my fitness I had told Joanne that I was aiming for 11 hours. The first year I did it, I took 11 hours because of a one hour break up at the Saratoga Gap waiting for Joanne. The first year I wanted to have a resupply point halfway at the Saratoga Gap, and had asked Joanne to meet me there at a specific time. I had overestimated the time and ended up waiting there for a while. So I think it took me a little over 10 hours of running. Last year I did it without a resupply and got about 10 hours. I intended on taking it easy this trip, being extra conservative with my pace, because I really thought that I wasn't where I was at with the other two runs.
I set off at about 5:30 from the house.
|Time I left the house.|
|Black Mountain looking down at silicon valley|
|Time at Black Mountain|
|Black Mountain looking towards the Pacific|
On the Canyon trail between Black Mountain and Table Mountain I came across several newts. Here is a vid:
|Time at Table Mountain|
|Getting closer to the ocean|
|Time when connecting with STTS|
|Dude, where's you car?|
|Toshi said I had to eat young Poison Oak leaves to gain immunity. This might not be PO, but then again, almost everything is.|
|Time at Waterman Gap.|
Around 11:15 a.m. at the Waterman Gap. At this point I realized that I was moving pretty good. I thought I was being conservative, but it seemed like I was just effortlessly covering ground with no issues. It was a pleasant surprise.
|Time at China Grade Road.|
|Time at BB Headquarters|
|Berry Creek Falls|
|Time at Berry Creek Falls|
|Bride from trail to trail, crossing... nothing.|
Once again, because of my overestimation of how much time it would take me to finish, it took a while for Joanne to get there, so I ended up hiding in a bathroom to stay warm while I waited. Not fun.
I am very thankful for my wife who would load up all the kids and drive all the way to Wadell Beach just to pick me up from one of my adventures. It is key to have a supportive spouse when getting into this sport...
Finally, I took this video of my legs after I was done running. I don't know if other runners get this, but after a really long run, my calves contract on their own, presumably to pump blood through my lower limbs. I have no control over the muscles at this point, it is just what they do. Joanne thinks its weird.