I'm all ready to go. I have no idea what the trail is going to be like, and Debbie's memory of the terrain is a little hazy. I'm not apprehensive, just curious. We all head out together at the trailhead, and it's the last I see of the bikers for a while. Because, this is what the entire trail is like:
Yesterday I headed out with Tom and our mt. biking friends for an "escape from the snow" trip down a few thousand feet to Cool, Ca. That's gotta be the best mailing address ever, Yeah, I'm from Cool, that's California, man. In addition to being very cooly named, there was some fine trails to be explored as well. Trails! Yay! I was soooo happy to find myself running on trails again, my natural element.
First, everyone's got the get all the gear together. Thank goodness for trucks!
I celebrated my return to the trails with these cool gaiters, which definitely kept errant rocks out of my shoes and just looked really cool. Between these and my hand-held water bottle (along with a big ol' belt that holds just about everything you could imagine) I friggin' look like a trail runner!
I just love this trail, and think I'll return again, maybe when I've got one of those 20 milers to do . . .
At the 6.5 mile mark, I sit myself down to exchange water bottles and have myself a gel. My mt biking companions chose this time to catch me on their way back -- I feel like I've been caught sitting down on the job!
At 7.77 miles, I'm looking over my shoulder at the river or whatever and the trail gets a little technical. I decide to pay more attention to my footing, and as soon as my eyes focus on the trail ahead of me, my foot catches a rock and down I go, as over tea kettle down the hill. This is nothing unusual and barely deserves mention (I fall walking across parking lots), but as I chase down my handheld, I come across GARY, who has popped out of his wrist strap and bounced down the trail as well. I'm just glad I dropped the bottle in the fall, or I wouldn't have realized the little bastard had escaped. I didn't think this could happen! Yikes!
The day was pretty overcast, my favorite running weather. Soon after my fall, the skies open up and the rain comes down! It proceed to rain and rain pretty hard for the next half hour, and I've decided that I really enjoy running in the rain!
All in all, it took me somewhere around 3 hours to run the 13 miles.