|Sunday morning in Castle Rock Regional Park|
That said, there has been a lot of running with my goal for the month to build my base by running an average of 30 miles a week. I did well the first two weeks and slipped the last two weeks. However, I have though finally blasted the roadblocks of the last few months where I run just enough to feel uncomfortable to not enough to build a solid base.
|Just outside China Wall|
This week has been awesome though. My wife and I have been able to squeeze in two runs up on Mount Diablo.
On Saturday, we took our traditional run through Castle Rock Regional Park over to China Wall and back. The sun was just coming up over Diablo with a nice bit of high clouds providing wonderful shadowing across Pine Canyon. It was an awesome run.
|Deer off of Burma Road|
Right above Sunset Trail, off Burma Road, I came across a doe and two of her yearlings. They were unimpressed by me and allowed me to get within 10 feet of me before they slowly made way off the trail. Most of the deer on Mount Diablo are pretty wild and pretty jumpy around humans which made these deer pretty different.
|Trail up to North Peak.|
I have been wanting to get up to this area since I have been looking for alternatives for summiting other than Juniper Trail ( wonderful technical single track that is great to run down!) from Mitchell Canyon. It was in the eighties when we got up there which made for a warm run (normal for Diablo).
First we took the quick 0.7 mile loop at the top, then took Summit Trail to North Peak Trail. This is a real nice piece of single track also! Half way down we came across a bunch of hogs, which I have never seen on the mountain. Once we got to the Prospector Gap intersection, and our prime objective completed, I continued up to North Peak while my wife headed back towards the car.
|Mount Diablo's North Peak|
North Peak is a nice climb with the final 500 hundred yards being steep and pretty loose, however, I made quick work of it. The peak itself is not as nice as the main mountain is in full sun. After a couple of moments I turned around and headed back to the car.
Once back to the car, my wife suggested I run down Juniper Trail and she would drive down to the campground. I never pass on technical so I was game. Besides I wanted to see if I could beat her down by foot. She arrived four minutes before I got down, but I was really satisfied with our run.
It was definitely a great run and felt very strong and best of all two special runs with my wife!