|Western Pacific Rattlesnake|
This post is more to get some of the running frustration out.
So for the last couple of weeks I have been doing some runs close to home. Since I do a lot of my runs in San Francisco, I have been trying to get up early and run through Crystal Ranch up through Lime Ridge. These have been good runs with some elevation gain. Needless to say, one stretch of the trail is a narrow single track with high grass. I have been a little concerned with this area because it is prime rattlesnake territory. We have seen snakes up on Lime Ridge before, so I have been over cautious though there and it has been uneventful.
That is until my wife took our girls up their a couple of days ago. Our oldest was running lead on full rattlesnake patrol and came across this beauty at the single track trail head. Of course it was in no hurry to get out of the way but as an adult had as much respect for humans as we of it. Unfortunately this is the one entrance to Lime Ridge from my home, so I will be taking precautions going through this stretch.
Overall though, there is some pretty grasslands and fire trail to run. You are not secluded with Crystal Ranch on one side of the ridge and Walnut Creek and Arbalado Park on the other.
|Tim Olsen in the lead!|
Also, last week I volunteered at Western States 100 at the Forest Hill Aid station. My assignment was basically crowd control, making sure there was only 1 pacer and one crew member in the aid station. At mile 62, this is the first location where pacers can join their runner, so it could easily become crowded if these limits were not in place.
|Hal Kroener playing catch-up|
|Cameron Clayton dropped earlier due to injury. He came down to cheer on the runners.|
|Amy Sproston looking strong.|
|Ian Sharman picking up his pacer/crew of one!|
|Mt. Tamlpais in the distance.|
So I am really ready for this run coming up in the couple of days! I know I can run the full 12 hours, it is just I am not sure how far. I know I have to keep my pace down because I easily can see me running for the first 10 to 15 miles at a fast pace for the first couple hours to succumbing to walking for the next 10 hours. This is going to be an interesting experience for sure!