This weekend I decided to get in some miles while also relaxing a bit for my upcoming Badwater 135 miles Ultramarathon attempt.
HUDDERT PARK - OLD GROWTH BLISS
So Saturday, Cori and I hit Huddert Park - a wonderful Redwood Forest park in San Mateo county. The views were awesome - redwood trees higher than buildings and trails that made the ultrarunner weep.
It was a warm day and the hike was wonderful. It gave me a chance to view my trails at a slower pace while also training my legs for the eventual walking that I would face during my ultras.
SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN - THE BIRDS AND THE BEES
Then today, I woke up and put in some hefty miles at San Bruno Mountain state and county park. I started running and immediately noted the beautiful flowers in bloom.
Every step I took chased bumble bees ahead of me, like dolphins in the wake of a bow, they led my way happy to get to the next blossom and exchange the burden of pollen for the engorgement of nectar.
I noticed quite often the ripe wild blackberries along the trail.
So much so, that I returned that evening with Cori, Connor and Connor's friend Max to gather blackberries.
As I ran, I was able to view beautiful valleys and wonderful wild growth.
Then, I left the Summit Loop Trail and entered the Ridge Trail. Here was evidence of a 300+ acre fire a week or so earlier. It made me think of Jean, Chihping and the other ultrarunners who just lost out on Western States 100 due to wildfire threats.
As I approached the crest of the burnt trails, I noticed around 25 or more ravens sitting on the crest, catching an updraft or merely staring at me. I don't know if they were there for the view, to find barbequed carrion or to blend into the black ashes. No matter what, they joined me for my run for a bit.
It is sad to think about the wildlife that was lost in the flames. But soon, I came upon a small bunny that was nibbling on some greens... ....and a hummingbird darting through the flowers (try to find him below - I dare you) Nature it seems has balance all figured out.
Post-ultra recovery: resting or... pushing? - After running ultras for 10 years and having logged 42,000 miles since I moved to the US, I wish I had the assurance of elite runner and coach David Roche ...