I defintely did not do a Tempo paced run as scheduled, but I think I made up for it with this insanely hilly trail run around Lake Chabot.
Now, I don't do a lot of trail running, so I'm sure some of you wouldn't think it was as crazy as I thought it was, but it was quite an adventure. I did not know how far it was around the lake, nor did I know what route to take (there's a few forks in the trail along the way) but with the help of some local hikers I did it! It was actually only 9 miles around so I ran up and down a big hill at the end to make it an even 10. It was so fun! I love the contrast- one minute I'm chugging like the Little Engine that Could up a hill at a slow but steady pace, and the next minute I'm stretching my legs out, soaring down a slight grade. I jumped across a stream, I waited while a horse and rider passed in the other direction, I rolled my ankle more than once, and I saw the most amazing views. I had the solitude of the wilderness, and then just when I needed it I had the company of a fellow trail runner or a mountain biker. What a beautiful day!
Some marginal quality cell-phone pics:
view of Lake Chabot:
There is a trail marathon and 50 mile run in October that ends at this lake - the Golden Hills Marathon and the Firetrails 50. So I have the crazy idea of doing the trail marathon and Zach has foolishly agreed to join me. Mwa ha ha!
While I'm making crazy announcements- here's another! I'm planning on doing Barb's Race- a women's only Half Iron triathlon that takes place the same day as Vineman in August.
Of course I have my work cut out for me. Besides the fact that I'm running the Boston Marathon in April, I have a lot of work to do on a bike that I don't yet own. Plus, you know, the swimming. :) It should be interesting.