recap: 8 mile trail run

I'm posting a recap, so clearly I survived. At mile 1.5, I wasn't sure I was going to. I know what you're thinking -- is she serious? 1.5 miles in, she was complaining??? Yes I am completely serious. Allow me to explain. Justin (my neighbor)  is the one who told me about the Meetup.com group he found. They were doing this 8 mile trail run and it sounded fun. We met up in the morning and made the trek down to the muni bus stop. (Riding Muni & Bart was a first for me today. Can you believe I have been in the city for just about 10 months and this was my first time on public transportation?!? It was dirty and stinky just like I thought it would be!) We made our way over to the Rockridge Bart Station . We were excited to get going. Weather was perfect!

Justin & I
Justin & I

We begin down College Ave over to Claremont Ave where the climb began. I literally wanted to cry by mile 1.5. (the Meetup.com description of this run said it started off  with An unforgiving 2-mile climb on Claremont Ave) Unforgiving was a COMPLETE UNDERSTATEMENT. Not only was it a complete understatement, but it was also off by 1 mile. The first 3 miles were the absolute worst. We ran as much as we could. Sadly we walked most of it. Now if I was in shape (which one day I will be and I will conquer most of this hill) I wouldn't have had a problem. For someone who just got back into running - this was painful and not fun. (constructive criticism for the meet up creator: let your runners know this is an intense run. I would have prepared by fueling differently this morning.)

Justin and I thought about turning around and heading back home by mile 2.5. We pushed ourselves a little further. We thought this run wasn't for us. Just as we were about to surrender, we saw the rest of our group waiting for us around the bend. WHAT? They waited for us? They were cheering for us to finish. Okay, we got this.

After a couple high fives were tossed and we caught our breath, I asked the group leader if there were more intense hills. I told him we just were not prepared. He was honest and said yes, 400 or so more intense feet and the rewarding panoramic view of the bay was just up ahead.  He was right. We sucked it up and boy am I glad we did. What a view!

rockridge
rockridge

Before we started our 5 mile downhill trail, we needed a little boost. I was VERY thankful I remembered to pack some Extreme Sport Beans. I like these. They work quick and don't irritate my stomach. No Cramps = Happy Sarah

jelly belly
jelly belly

We were amply rewarded by a downhill trail with more panoramic Bay views spanning from Richmond to Emeryville.  The trail spills out by Strawberry Canyon pool and Memorial Stadium. No complaints along these miles. Justin and I chatted the whole time (and were surprisingly feeling really good!)

After what felt like hours, our run came to an end right back where we started - Rockridge Bart Station. All in all it was a good run even though we were severely unprepared.

hydrate
hydrate

I look forward to conquering that massive hill in the future. Here's a link to the route: Happy Saturday!

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