Two weeks after running CIM, I decided to run a 10K at Huddart Park with Cathryn. Why? Well, I decided that a bit of trail running with one of my favorite runners/friends was just what I needed after almost a full year of intense training. Even though it was a race, we decided to take it easy, stopping for photos when we felt like it, and moving along at a conversational pace.
Cathryn has already written an excellent recap, so I’ve decided to do a, list of “10 thoughts I had during the Woodside Ramble 10K.”
- This is an amazing, gorgeous course through the redwoods. 95% of this course is what I think of as ideal single track trail running. I can see why it was sold out.
- That said, it’s also a tough course. Over 1000′ elevation gain over 3 miles, but mostly runnable. Cat and I switched to run/walk intervals to tackle the climb.
- Because of the elevation gain, and since I was still recovering from CIM, I was very glad to be doing the 10K and not the half marathon, which I ran in 2013. The 10K was the perfect amount of time to be out there, enjoying nature at its finest.
- Trail runners are so nice. We stopped for photos and one of our fellow runners actually stopped and offered to take a photo of the two of us.
- The last couple of miles of the 10K had a perfect downhill grade – the kind that makes you feel like you’re flying effortlessly through the forest.
- Winter can be COLD, even in California. It was in the high 30s at the start of the race.
- If you run this race, plan to get there early. Both times I’ve run this race, there was a 30-minute line to enter the park.
- Beware of the post-race massage. I was charged $$ for what I thought was a free massage. Though, my legs did feel pretty good the days after the race – not sure if that was due to rest or the massage or both.
- I had *such* a great time with Cathryn – it was just what I needed! Getting to eat brunch with Margot and seeing Paulette and Kevin briefly was the cherry on top.
- I’m excited about running more trails in 2017!