I have been enjoying running without a plan these days. I decided after Mammoth to just run when I want and run whatevers… I tried to hop into the Hansons Marathon Method right after CIM and realized that I was never really on the plan. If you read the book, they’re actually pretty big on taking time off after a race before jumping into another training cycle. In addition, I’d only have 12 weeks to train instead of the full 18 weeks of training.
No big, though! I’ll try to get in some key workouts (tempo? Speed/hill repeats, long runs), and just roll with it when I run Napa in March.
So here are three places where I’ve run and truly enjoyed the scenery!
Fremont Older! Gotta love this place, especially because it is pretty much in my backyard (or like a 5 minute drive).
Well before I came up here, I did a nice and easy warm up on the pancake-flat Jones’ Trail:
And then I had to go up the biggest, steepest hill ever (those two dots near the top are people):
And then I got to run on the pretty trails:
These trails are mostly exposed, so I really like running here in the fall and winter. The sun keeps me warm, and it’s super pretty:
I did 18 miles here, and it was a combo of trail running and hiking. It had been a looong time since I went trail running and those hills definitely got to me!
There are mountain bikers and equestrians. I learned that whenever you come up on a horse, you should say something/announce yourself… otherwise they get super nervous (one of the equestrians told me).
Then there was the run from Shoreline (Mountain View, super flat) to the Dish (Palo Alto, hills!):
I went running here with my running group, the RunningAddicts.
Amy and I just followed Linh and Dan, chatting and making the miles go by real quickly (PC: Linh)
We re-grouped and refilled our water at Starbucks, then finally made it to the Dish Area!
I walked up the first big hill:
… only running when Linh was taking the photo:
And I walked on the first few super steep hills until I was feeling okay. I tried to run all of the middle portions, which was tough, but doable (PC Linh):
Yikes! Still heel striking here and there. (PC: Linh)
Here’s the Dish (PC: Linh):
We really enjoyed the views up there:
And you can see Stanford from up there:
We ran back to the Shoreline and totally enjoyed the flatness 🙂
We completed 20 miles that day (which is a no-no on the Hansons Method).
Lastly, my trail run on my favorite trails at Rancho San Antonio OSP (Chamise, Black Mountain):
It is kind of awesome to see how far I run away from the rest of the world:
Actually, that can be scary, too. There were trail runners and hikers seen sporadically on these trails (I saw only three during my entire run). I never listen to music up here because I want to really pay attention to what I’m doing as I run up and down. I also want to hear if a runner wants to pass and such.
Anywho, I like to run until I come to the big rock thingy:
That signals the end of this particular run because after that rock, it gets super steep and I’d have to hike it (or blow out my Achilles trying to run it). It is about 7 miles up to that rock. I was surprised that I was able to run the whole thing up (or at least not hike any portions of it)!
Downhill was a breeze:
I ended up adding a little bit of extra miles to make this particular trail run around 16 miles:
And then a gaggle (flock? gang?) of turkeys startled me because they were running at me… because some high schoolers were chasing them:
I’ve been enjoying these runs. I DO need to be concerned about too many miles and getting burnt out… but I have been alternating running days with cross training (elliptical and cycling at home).
Where do you usually run? Treadmill/track/trail/bike path?
Where is the most scenic place to run near you? (If I ever visit your area, I will know where to go for a run)
What’s the weather like in your area? Sunny, ~50 to 60 degrees. I think it got up to 65 degrees yesterday.