What a difference a summer makes! The top photo is me in Huddart Park (SF Bay Area) for a race in November last year... lush green grass behind me, hands on hips, realising I forgot to bring my GPS watch... The bottom picture is yesterday, the grass is dead but the dry yellow hay left behind is attractive in its own way! Sheer coincidence that @hellotrails also has his hands on hips #pairofposers 😂.
I’m excited for the next season now, I don’t think it’s rained for six months! Who’s with me?! #trailandkale
Good luck everyone racing this weekend! #tbt@ultraksofficial in gorgeous Zermatt in 2016, which is happening this weekend, one of the most beautiful races EVER! Here is @hellotrails smiling for the camera as he smashed the headline 48k skyrace.
We just signed up for a marathon this weekend, I have barely run in the last few weeks on account of a sprained ankle, however it will be nice to have a long day out in the mountains conquering Mt Diablo!! Happy trails!
I had a somewhat epic day at the Volcanic 50 - a race around my namesake active volcano. This is the first race I’ve done where I would say parts were dangerous with a capital D, as opposed to normal mountain-running type of dangerous. Hopping over volcanic boulder fields (4th photo) and climbing in and out of loose dirt canyons (like the 3rd photo, with ropes) were equally fun and scary. All went well for the first 13k, until I sprained my ankle (yes, the same one as 6 months ago) on the smoothest trail going 😬😬😬
It’s wild out there and no easy way on or off the mountain, so this was not ideal. The two runners behind me who saw me fall didn’t stop or say anything! It goes to show there are d***heads everywhere you go, even in the lovely sport of running 🙄 I’m sure karma will get them. On the positive side, a Good Samaritan GAVE me his hiking poles. What a lifesaver (thank you Chris 279!). And someone else (about the 20th person who passed me - everyone else was apparently too self-interested to consider doing so) told the organisers at the next aid station, who sent some mountain rescuers to meet me and help find the safest way out (thank you Volcano Rescuers!). Unfortunately although I’d hobbled around 4K, the quickest way down was the way I had come, so we had to back track through canyons and boulder fields (so I did these twice with a sprained ankle) and spent a further 4h30 hiking off the mountain. Oh, and I got chased by some angry bees 🐝🙈🐝🐝 so all in all, it was an interesting day out!