|The end of Indian Creek Ravine at Shell Ridge|
First, I have been working on a routine. Routine is priority number one. For the last couple of years I was focused on a specific mile or time frame. This would mean that I had to run a specific amount of miles per week and they had to be over 4 miles to be beneficial. However, this was self defeating and not fun since I was not ready for that kind of run in my current condition.
And really I have a truly boring running trail near me. While the Iron horse trail does and has served a purpose, it is easily beat by my workday runs on the Embarcadero when I was in San Francisco or the trails nearby.
Well a few months ago I was talking to a workmate who mentioned a trail that was about a 10 to 12 minute drive from work. Being familiar with the area, I knew I could drive about another 3 minutes for another less "big hill" at the beginning of the run that would serve as a way to get my running legs back.
My goal was to find a something relatively short (hear I go again), like a 2.5 to 3 mile loop. I wanted also a nice long stretch of downhill single track that I can work on pace while also a nice but not too steep up hill to work my climbing skills back in. I also wanted a way to cut the run short without too much backtrack.
Well I found it in Shell Ridge. This was my wife and her friend's old stomping grounds the last running go-around. I really needed something with a lot of variation, not the flat droning of the old Iron Horse cement trail.
I even ran into a rattlesnake the first day!
|The Rattlesnake the first time out. I ended up jumping over it!|
So here's to moving back into a routine. My biggest challenge will be next week when I am in New Jersey for work. A 3 hour time difference means that I will need to get up early to get a run in. However, even if it is short, at least I maintain my routine.