Mon: Went to scout out the Laney Track, as it’s only 1/2 mile away from my apartment. I couldn’t find any information about it online, though I did see somewhere that it was open from 8am-6pm. I came home from work, scurried down there by 5:30, ran past a bunch of locked gates, and got to the very end to see one small open gate. Score! Unfortunately, once I got on the track, I was informed by a gentleman in the bleachers (the track coach?) that he was about to close the track in 5 minutes. D’oh! PSA #1: Laney Track is not open to the public, as far as I can tell. Dejected, I headed back to the Lake and completed my run in a rather aimless fashion.
Stats: 4.5 miles @ 10:13/mile
Wed: Oakland Hills. Mandana sure is tough at the top.
Stats: 6.3 miles @ 10:38/mile
Fri: Fartlek-ish run around the Lake.
Stats: 3.2 miles @ 9:40/mile
Sat: 5 mile walk with the Gypsy Runner to check out the Mountain View Cemetery. Cool place, if a bit creepy. We didn’t explore the grounds that much, but we both thought it’d make a nice run.
Sun: Light hiking with the Gypsy Runner, AEW, and JG to forage for wild berries at Redwood Regional. Afterward, the Gypsy Runner and I embarked on what was supposed to be a 6.2 mile, relatively easy loop (East Ridge –> Canyon –> Stream –> back to Skyline Gate). We got to Canyon and saw that it was blocked off and appeared to be overgrown, so our loop became an out and back, which meant serious hills on the way back — approximately 470 elevation gain, according to my Garmin. PSA #2: Canyon Trail in Redwood Regional appears to be closed. (UPDATE April 2013: j/k. It turns out we didn’t go far enough down East Ridge.) The good news is that I never walked once during the hills, which is a HUGE improvement over the last time we ran this trail in mid-March. Yay!
Stats: 4.75 miles @ 11:04/mile
WEEKLY TOTAL: 18.75 miles running + 5-7 miles walking.
How I feel about it: Nothing too speedy about this week, but I’m satisfied with the mileage and about being less of a sissy when it comes to hills. A-