February: Here Comes the Rain Again
February’s rain was much needed to soothe the current drought in Northern California, but the wild, wet, and windy weather proved to be a challenge on the trails of the Golden Gate Marathon in Marin on the first week of February. Besides grinning and bearing it when it rained, my focus this month was to methodically increase weekly mileage and get the legs used to longer runs.
1 race, 14 running days, 125 miles, 26:12 hours, and 19,009 ft. of climbing.
The Golden Gate Marathon was on a familiar loop — start on Rodeo Beach, up the steps to Wolf Ridge, down the Old Spring switchbacks, up Marincello to Bobcat, kiss the Golden Gate bridge from the SCA single-track, then a fast descent along Coastal, only to do it all over again for a total of 4,840 ft. of climbing. The tough conditions were both a mental and physical test, and finishing the race gave me a much needed boost in confidence.
To balance all the climbing on technical trails, half of my training runs where on fast and flat pavement. I also started to experiment with different GU gels to help maintain my energy on the longer runs that contributed to a 25% increase in my monthly mileage. Now, one more long run this weekend (here comes the rain again) and then to taper for the Way too Cool 50K next weekend, where I hear that it’s going to be a mud bath.
169 days until the Leadville Trail 100M.