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I drove up to the SF Bay area on Saturday with my friends and coworkers Joe & Myron to take part in this wonderful trail run. We were also to meet the lovely Muzicgrl and her neighbor Laura at the race, and were able to hook up on the short ferry ride over to Angel Island.<br><br>
The race included a 12K (one out and back) and a 25K (2 x out & back). The weather was fairly brisk, and the fact that half the course is in shady tree cover made it seem cold at times.<br><br>
I had a race plan to use this one as a strong long run effort, especially since I have run few hills and zero trails recently.<br><br>
The 25K started first, and after one lap of the lawn area we were off up the hill. The first 1.5 - 2 miles are mostly up hill and a mix between single track and fire road. The recent rains made the ground blissfully soft yet surprisingly non muddy. The trail felt great to run on.<br><br>
I controlled the pace on the ascent, then goosed it just a bit on the downhill to the 12K turnaround. This might be the most difficult part of the race, since you are at the actual finish line but have to turn around and head back up the hill for the second go round .... oy! I felt a little tired going up the hill on lap 2, then once at the top I figured I might as well give it some gas (the sooner I finish, the sooner we hit the brewpub in Larkspur <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">)<br><br>
I made it through with just one slip and no falls, and everyone else in the group seemingly had a good experience as well. The brewpub was fun, and my daughter and a friend of hers were willing and able to find time to collect a free lunch from Daddy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
No real pictures to show other than<br><br>
Here's elevation profile a la Garmin<br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/henrypretz/KickRunners/0749aa02.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
and the Garmin track<br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/henrypretz/KickRunners/1dd1e5b6.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><i>it was early and I was cold!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/henrypretz/d5e65ae6.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
later in the race<br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/henrypretz/f5d9e1cd.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br></i>I ran faster than I expected to run and had a fun time overall. It was great to see Ms Muzic and to meet her friend/neighbor.<br>
My buddy Joe ran to 4th overall, and novice runner Myron finished his longest race and first rail race ever!<br><br>
hup
 

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WTG, Hup. I like your motivation (pub). Sounds like a great day with friends are your clever daughter.<br><br>
Now, are you smiling or grimacing in that second pic? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Thanks TAK & SS<br><br>
It's a smile <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> .... I was 1/2 of a downhill mile away from the finish (which meant I was close to brewpub time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> .... speaking of which, I had this smooth and silky Porter that day ... yum! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">)<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.marinbrewing.com/images/template/brewery_build/beer_photos/porter.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Yum is right. (drool smiley)
 

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Nice going Hup! You ran faster than expected and had fun; can't beat that...unless, of course, you add some brew and friends and lunch with a DD! Neat pictures.
 

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I've work through many a race with the lure of beer at the end! Nice on ya!<br><br>
It looks like a challenging course!
 

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Good race! It was fun to race (even if you did try to push me off a cliff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">). Hope to see you at more of our local trail races. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
My race pictures from this one came out horrible...yours are much better.
 

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That is some serious elevations......which makes for a tough challenge....<br><br>
Did I miss the temperature?....<br><br>
Sounds like you did a great job plus had a good time....doesn't get any better than that...neat pic's tooo...<br><br>
Congrats...<br><br>
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Thanks Tim .... temps were high 40s ... cold for us wimpy Californians <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
Muzic - your pictures looks great!<br><br>
This thread is making me thirsty!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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There is a brewery right down the street from me. I can create a race just for the beer afterwards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Very nice run. Just curious, what software program did you pull that elevation graph from. I like it. I use sporttracks cuz the Garmin software blows.
 

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Hey Hup - nice run and race! However, I guess I never figured you as someone who'd bowl over fellow competitors like muzic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
It's a little ironic - I've been out to Angel Island twice for races, but never have run any (volunteering has its benefits too.) Hopefully we'll be able to meet up at a trail race somewhere around this area in 2008, whether it's Angel Island or not.
 

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It's software for the Mac called <a href="http://www.montebellosoftware.com" target="_blank">Ascent</a>. Hands down the best of the very few written for Macintosh. It's very comparable to SportTracks.<br><br>
I agree that the Garmin TC is suck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="huh"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Thanks Joe. We're glad you're back on the West Coast <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
There is another Angel Island race in August (?). However, we all know there is no shortage of trail races in the Bay Area, right? I'll be in Napa (via the "Gateway to the Napa Valley" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) in early March for the marathon. Maybe we can meet up then?
 

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My good friend Kelly wants to run that. I am basically training with her right now, but I want to run Eugene in early May. Do you think I could pull off both?
 

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Do you mean Napa, MG? It might be a push, IMO. Where are you on your long run right now? It's 10 weeks to race day, your call. You could always come and run the 5K and drink wine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Maybe I should volunteer...and drink wine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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How funny - I'm thinking of doing Eugene as well and make it my second full marathon. I had been aiming for Napa, but my now-scuttled work detail to Nepal scuttled those plans prior.<br><br>
I'm recovering from some knee injuries right now (who knew yoga and commuting would be bad for your knees?) so I just hope everything's back in order to start up training again<br><br>
BTW, volunteering for Napa would be divine. Heck, you should volunteer for Angel Island for PCTR (I've volunteered twice there - I figure I should do it again for the hell of it.)
 
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