Sunday am we drove over to Tennessee Valley in Marin for a trail run. The road leading up to the trail head was packed with cars, everyone was out to enjoy a most spectacular February day. It was sunny and 65, absolutely gorgeous!
We headed out and were stopped by a guy locked out of his car looking to borrow a cell phone, he happened to be wearing a Western States 100 shirt. Of course Preston was giddy about it and started asking all kinds of questions – how can we run parts of the trail? What’s the best way to train for such a race? The guy was super friendly and more than willing to tell us all about it. I suspect I may be heading up to Michigan Bluff later this year and running with some Western States people, as the guy said, everyone loves to take people up there.
We headed out Tennessee Valley and picked up the Coastal Trail (482 miles to the Oregon border). The first part of the Coastal Trail from here is a steep 700′ climb over less than a mile. I’ve suffered this trail many times before, but the view from the top is very worth it. From there we continued along the coastal route down towards Pirates Cove, a secluded beach you can only get to from this trail. To get there, you descend a rocky single track trail followed by some steep stairs, only to wrap around and head back up the trail. The Pacific Ocean is directly to my left and the sun is shining, the trail carrying me along. Preston is flying ahead of me, bounding down the trail like a little kid.
Then you climb to another peak where the rocky edge drops off towards the ocean below. Down the trail again, we end up at Muir Beach, a small quiet community with a few houses and a lovely beach.
We turned around and headed back, feeling even more revived from the beauty of the run, we pounded the trail just a little bit faster.
Total distance…not really sure…time: 1 hr. 44 min, avg. heart rate 145. Time I spend wishing I was back there this week: lots.