Last night I made the last minute decision to run a 50k race today. I wasn't going to blast it as I have the Barkley coming up in 2 weeks, but wanted to put a bit more stress on the legs. I looked at last year's times and figured I'd shoot for somewhere between a 5:30 and 6 hour finish.
Pirate's Cove is put on by Sarah and Wendell (who is also doing Barkley) of Pacific Coast Trail Runs (AWESOME events - my first ultra was a PCTR event). Here are co-race directors at the start.
Runners gathered and waited for the start of the race.
Almost immediately I had to stop and pee. As I did, I saw this little guy watching the runners trudge on by:
The start is basically up and up and up.
The run in the Marin headlands was beautiful - with views of hills, the coast line and the Pacific Ocean.
The run also goes through groves of Redwoods and Eucalyptus trees:
Along the eastern side of the headlands there were wonderful views of the SF Bay and the city itself:
After finishing the 30k loop, we went back out on a shorter version, past some coves dotting the coastline.
I crossed the finishing line with a time right at 5 hours 29 minutes, so can't complain I didn't stick to my plan. It is a great race and offers beautiful views.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” - Ohlone 131 miler starts tomorrow looking forward to the challenge. Friends please send me positive vibes and thoughts. I will need it. I hopefully will fini...