I haven’t done a whole lot of updating about each specific run in a while since they all have mostly been short and sweet injury recovery runs and aren’t very exciting. But there have been a few great trail runs thrown in the mix that I have to share with you guys, because obviously these are my favorites.
During the last week of May I took some vacation days to spend time with Chris and recharge. It’s been a busy year for both of us and it was great to have some time together… which of course included some runs!
During that week, we went out on our favorite Diablo loop for the first time in what felt like forever. The last time we ran this loop together the grass was green and the streams were flowing. The scenery was much different this time!
This run was still early in my IT band recovery so I was really cautious and was nervous about getting lured in by the trails and going too far. Even though it was tough and I was huffing and puffing, I was so happy to be back out on my favorite run.
This is just a glimpse of how quickly the landscape has changed. Early April on the top vs. late May on the bottom.
Later in the week we drove up the coast and spent a couple days in Mendocino. I have lived in California my whole life but have never done this drive up Highway 1!
I wasn’t disappointed.
We stayed at this great place called the Stanford Inn. It was really quiet and so beautiful.
All the rooms had balconies and fireplaces and it would have been an extremely relaxing two days except that Kylie and Emma decided to put a kink in our relaxing plans by escaping the house they were staying at. What was supposed to be a day of sleeping in, running, relaxing and eating, turned into a day of sitting in the car for 5 hours round trip to bail them out of jail and make sure they wouldn’t get out again.
They look rather pleased with their little endeavor don’t you think?
Thankfully both of them were fine and nothing terrible happened besides all the driving and worrying. We were still able to get in a great run along the Big River in Mendocino the next day, including a side trip up into the redwood forest.
My favorite trail runs are through big trees where the ground is so soft with pine needles it feels like you are running on clouds. This was one of those places.
It was a beautiful run, the longest run I had been on in a while (8 miles!), and worth all the hassle (and driving!) we went through those couple days.
This past weekend Chris and I headed to Tilden Park to change things up a bit from our standard Diablo route. We have run this park one time previously together and I ran through it on a very long run earlier this year, but we took some different trails this time. Sometimes taking new routes can be a little bit frustrating when you are constantly having to check the map, but it pretty much always ends up being worth it.
This time was no different.
Another 8 miles on the trail closer to being back to normal. I am continuing to relish every pain free mile, especially the ones on the dirt. It’s so good to be back.