It has been a good, long while since we've done an actual race. I'm more inclined to call it an "organized run" than a race, since we don't really "race" anyone, but I digress....
So it has been a long time since we've done any race, and even longer since we've done one together. I think the last one we did was......hmm....I think mine was solo at Brazen's Diablo??? Goodness. The last one that was Brian and I together may have very well been Diablo 50k last year. We've done a handful of runs on the mountain together on weekends, but for most of the past year we've been solo runners. Solo from each other, although he has much more company on his lunch time runs on Embarcadero than I have on my 3-4 runs a week on Diablo. We've been running drastically different terrain,(although he's been getting in some hills on weekends) and very different paces as a result. He is super speedy on flats, hitting low 8's and even some dips into 7's....where as I'm covering the Mt at between 10 - 12 minute miles, which climb into 14 and 15's for climbs.
So, I'm looking forward with curiosity to this weekends run. It will be a good measure of where we are with distance, speed, running compatibility, and maybe even how I'm doing adjusting to the heat!
We'll be doing the 30k (18 miles) of Coastal Trail Runs Canyon Meadow Trail Run in Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills. Looks like this -
Weather is supposed to be a beautiful 71 degrees, and while I don't know much about the course, I do know there are trees, so that should mean some shade. I also know it's a beautiful area full of Redwoods, which should provide lot's of excuses to pause and take a picture : )
Whatever adventure you are having this weekend, have fun and enjoy yourselves!!