During the last couple peak weeks of North Face training, I vowed that I would take a break from 50 milers and let myself just run for a while. Instead of planning out trail runs based on distance, I wanted to plan runs specifically because there were trails I wanted to explore. Instead of adding on miles after I was done running with friends, I wanted to run as far as my friends’ training plans called for or however far that day’s adventure would take us. After recovery from North Face and a couple easy weeks getting back into it, I have been so excited and ready to go into my running with this as my plan.
So far 2013 has gone exactly according to plan.
It’s been a while since Chris and my schedules aligned for a run, but it finally happened on Friday where we were able to go explore the trails together. As many times as I have been out to the Headlands in Marin, he hadn’t been there yet. I was so excited to show him around some of the trails I have come to know so well and fallen in love with over the last year.
It was a beautiful sunny day, and we were rewarded with incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.
I still pinch myself that I get to run these trails pretty much whenever I want.
Saturday I had long standing plans with Jojo and Jessica to explore some of the trails on our ever-expanding list. We had an idea of trails we wanted to run, a tentative route and a general range of how far our legs were capable of taking us that day. We loaded up with water, fuel, maps and a camera, and were on our way.
It was a much different day out in the Headlands than the day before, but still so beautiful.
We had fun catching up, laughing and obviously running while winding our way through the hills. We had some mishaps with trail closures, obstacles and changed routes, but that’s what makes these adventures more fun.
I really, really wanted to go run some of the trails on the original North Face 50 mile course that I didn’t get to run on race day, so that’s just what we did. We found our way over to these new to us trails, and we were not disappointed.
We wound through mossy tree covered trails complete with waterfalls and soft pine needles until eventually we were dropped out onto a trail that hugged the hills with ocean views going on forever.
I was just so happy in this moment. We were all overcome with the beauty that surrounded us and I was so happy to be out there on these beautiful trails with some of my best friends.
Eventually we had to turn around and head back to our cars, but we are all already making plans to go back. This was one of those runs where you just don’t even realize you are running, you are just out there exploring and craving more.
This run gave us just a little taste of all the trails we still have to explore, and I am giddy with anticipation to get out there again.