Saturday, September 17, 2016

Matt Davis Trail.....Week of Sept. 5th through Sept. 11th

This was a good week, with a little treat, hiking up then running down the Matt Davis trail which is near Stinson Beach, CA.   This is a pretty technical trail with stairs, ruts, and rocks to keep your feet constantly moving in all directions.  I love technical so this was a treat.  

This trip almost didn't occur; however, family friends suggested going to the beach for fun and suggested the trail.  We have only done it a couple of times and I really didn't want to go, just because I would have preferred to hike / run this with my family and felt I wasn't going to be able to do so.  That said, once everyone got to Table Rock, which is about a mile up, everyone decided to turn around.

This was my chance.  I told my wife I was going to hike a little farther and she gave me the all knowing be careful look.  She knew I planned on bombing down the trail.  I only went up another half mile, up to where I knew I had a 1,000 feet of vertical to run.  I am glad I did, since the trail really got gnarly past Table Rock. I also didn't want them to wait too long for me so I knew this should mean that I would meet up with them towards the bottom.

Downward I went, and boy I had forgotten how much I missed this.   Switchback, rock drops, tree ruts and all.   Almost to Table Rock, I had too much fun, finding myself flying through the air.  You know one of those moments you think "Okay, I'm falling, to the left is the cliff so I need to land on my right, in the bush.  I hope it's not poison oak!"  And down I fell. I sat there smiling.  I checked myself out. I had scarfed my knee and my leg, now bleeding.  My mind quickly jumped to Monty Python and said out loud "its only a flesh wound!" and got up and started running.  The only irreparable damage was a small scratch on my new Garmin Fenix 2 which I was happy about only because it would remind me of this adventure.  

I got back to the car just as everyone else was.  My wife gave me a quick look up and down with the "I knew you were going to fall" look and all ways good!

The rest of the week consisted of a few more runs, training level.  I am only getting my base back, so right now I am looking for consistency.   The run down the trail at Matt Davis didn't affect my quads at all which means at least I have the muscle memory.  I just need to get my cardio back.

This weeks stats:

  • 11.1 miles
  • 1,148 feet of climbing
  • 2 hours 44 minutes of running
On face value, this looks like a backslide from the previous week; however I am going for being smart this time around, and baring another fall, no injuries. The even bigger accomplishment is that I completed my first 5 mile run.  My standard short runs used to be at 5 miles, so it was nice to see my old friend: the "Mount Diablo Blvd" sign.

On to my next week!

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