Mon: 30 min stretching/rolling.
Tues: 5 easy miles around the lake.
Stats: 5.2 miles @ 10:41/mile + 30 min stretching/rolling
Wed: Had planned to go rock climbing, but my climbing partner canceled. I was feeling a twinge in my elbow, so it was probably for the best. Settled for PT exercises and some pull-ups while we finished the last disc of Homeland.
Stats: 60 min PT exercise/stretching/rolling
Thurs: I was all excited to do a confidence-boosting tempo run, especially after my rambling post on Wednesday, but woke up with the worst neck pain ever. Well, actually, I had gone to bed with it on Wed night, but it had not gotten better overnight. I called in sick and laid around on the heat pad, which did the trick, thankfully. No tempo run for me. 😦
Fri: Tempted to run or do SOMETHING (e.g., yoga), but decided that I should let my neck rest a bit longer.
Stats: 30 min stretching/rolling
Sat: Run #5 with Running for a Better Oakland (RBO). This was a recovery week, so we only had 5 miles planned. Unfortunately, Alejandro didn’t show up. I learned later that he had transportation issues, and he was really upset about missing the RBO run. Poor guy. Anyway, my friend CR’s mentee also didn’t show up, so he and I ran together for 2+ miles before picking up 2 students who were running mentor-less. I ended up running the last part with Nick, a high school junior. He was a cool kid and I enjoyed talking to him.
Because of the shorter RBO mileage, and because I only ran 5 miles during the week, I decided to do a longer warm-up and cool-down, resulting in 7.2 miles total.
Stats: 7.2 miles @ 10:56/mile + 30 min stretching/rolling
Sun: Inspired by Aron‘s awesome trail running photos on her blog, I finally got myself an EBMUD trail permit to explore the various East Bay reservoirs. Today, we went to Briones Reservoir, which is 13 miles in circumference. Since I figured that we might like to have some shorter options, I asked Aron about good out-and-back sections. She recommended the Bear Creek Trail. I almost hesitate to write about this trail because I would love to keep it under wraps to prevent it from getting overcrowded… but I’m also excited to tell you all about the great run we had today. (Note: There are 2 Bear Creek Trails — one is at Briones Reservoir, which is on EBMUD property. This is the one I’m referring to in this post. The other is in neighboring Briones Regional Park, part of the East Bay Regional Parks system.)
Here’s why I loved this trail:
– 80-90% single track
– saw about 15-20 people in all (some of that includes people we saw 2x due to out and back) on a beautiful sunny day
– gorgeous views of Briones Reservoir and the East Bay Hills
– mostly shaded
– small rolling hills for the most part (though it does accumulate – my calves were certainly feeling it!) with one extended climb closer to the Bear Creek Staging Area
Bear Creek is definitely going to be a regular part of our trail running rotation. We’re also excited to run around the whole reservoir at some point. The Gypsy Runner was very enthusiastic about the trail and about his new running shoes – the Merrell Vapor Glove. I’m trying to convince him to write a guest post about it… hopefully that will happen eventually!
Stats: 7.5 miles* @ 11:11/mile, ~1000′ elevation gain + 30 min stretching/rolling
*My Garmin said 7 miles, while the EBMUD trailhead/marker said 8, so I thought 7.5 miles was a good compromise. There was a lot of winding trail under tree cover, which always screws with my Garmin. A hiker on Everytrail listed the GPS distance as 7.6 miles… so maybe 7.5 miles isn’t so far off.
WEEKLY TOTAL: 19.9 miles + 4+ hours PT/stretching
How I felt about it: An OK week sabotaged by a random bout of neck pain. C.