I absolutely love this time of year in the East Bay.
All of a sudden you take a second to stop and look around, and the hills have turned a florescent shade of green and the dirt has changed to a dark shade of brown. It may be sticky, slippery and muddy at times, but it is so incredibly beautiful that it makes up for those moments where you are sliding around in quicksand like mud. Even when you end up with that same mud all over you.
I was off of work for the holiday week, so I made sure to take advantage of my time off and explore my favorite East Bay parks.
The streams are full and there are lots of creeks to cross to rinse the mud off your shoes. The water is cold but it’s so fun to run through the middle of a creek without thinking twice.
There are even waterfalls if you know where to go, or if you simply just follow your ears.
You can hear the water flowing for miles, then you turn a corner and a waterfall appears.
I explored some new trails and also took advantage of the familiar ones, as well as ran a couple races (race reports to come).
Everything looks so different right now it’s like I am running on new trails even though I spent hours upon hours on them over the last few months.
Just a short number of weeks ago the hills were brown and dry, it’s incredible how they change so quickly!
I am completely embracing this non-training plan time and love letting my routes be planned by where I want to go and what I want to see, instead of how many miles I am supposed to run.
It’s a good place to be to start another year, and I don’t see that perspective changing anytime in the near future.