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.
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