Death by trail running…
Ten miles total – 3.1 of them with the Xterra Redwood Trail Run in Oakland and then the remaining 7 along the Stevenson Creek Trail in Mountain View.
Here’s the elevation profile of today’s run:
It kicked my butt.
The first mile was awesome. We were on a nice, wide trail through the trees and periodically we would catch a glimpse of the wider valley beyond. The path was mainly flat or downhill, so I was breezing along enjoying the scenery without even huffing or puffing.
Then came the first uphill. And the second. And soon I was a wheezing mess shuffling up the hiking trail only narrowly avoiding the mountain bikers coming the opposite direction.
For some reason, I thought the water station was at the halfway point, so as I passed the painted 2 on the ground, I assumed that they had marked the distance in kilometers and not miles. You can imagine my surprise when a passing woman smiled and gasped, “I just saw the 3-mile mark; only .1 to go!”
Thanks to her, I sped up again and stumbled up the last hill and then down to the finish line. Ma snapped a couple of photos of me climbing that last hill, and let’s just say they are not very pretty… I will share one from after the race though – by this point I had caught my breath and sipped down some water.
After the race, I was so tired that the prospect of more walking was… less than appealing, but Ma and I made our way back to the West Bay & clocked 7 more miles.
Miles walked: 438 | Miles to go: 312
Posted: April 18th, 2010 under Update.