Laura suggested I do a race with her. It the Mount Diablo Marathon has a 4 mile route race. http://www.coastaltrailruns.com/d_race_info.html
I was a little nervous about the thought of it since I have not really been running hills at all. I ventured out to the race trek to see if I could really do it. I had a lot of time to do thinking while I was out there. I need to say that the entire time I was preoccupied worried about seeing snakes. If you are new to reading my blog, I have been known to see snakes (sometimes poisonous) on my treks in nature. You can see old posts about snakes here and here. Snakes were all I could think about today and it sortof sucked all the enjoyment out of the run/walk. I would much rather walk through the street of SF at midnight alone then walk through this trail in nature at noon! I felt very vulnerable!
I did do some thinking on my walk. I have signed up for a 10K in Nov. It is the same route I have run and walked a zillion times in SF. I know I can do that race. Sadly in Sept this race is 2 miles shorter but I was afraid it was all hills so for some reason I had to go see the trail before I would sign up. Why can I not have faith that I can train up for the race? I have 2 months! I should be able to do it right?
Well I pulled into the parking lot at Mt Diablo state park. The race goes 2 miles up the trail then you come back on the same trail. There were 2 park workers i the parking lot so I asked them about the hills for the first 2 miles. They both said...."oh piece of cake.....its flat for the first 2 miles!" Feeling a bit better about what was ahead of me I started out...running. I had my ipod going with music trying to drown out the sounds of nature that I might mistake for a snake in the grass beside me.
Piece of cake my ass!! It was hills for 2 miles. I only ran about 1/3 of the first 2 miles uphill. Pathetic! I ran probably 2/3 of the way back but the downhill was starting to kill my knees so I stopped running. Arg! I am going to have to go running here quite a few times to get in shape for this....or perhaps I will go to SF and run hills there, where there are NO snakes (not slithery ones anyways).
The run was very pretty when I allowed myself to enjoy it. I even snapped a couple pictures. I think I would enjoy it much more with someone that could help me keep my mind off the animals in the brush or help me problem solve incase I did run into one!
So here is the pretty run I did. If you are a nature person enjoy them. If you are a city person....I will post some new pictures of the city soon!