22 Miler and First Part of Wildwood

The St. John's Bridge from Leif Erikson
This is our 2nd to last long run before we taper for 2 weeks for the North Face 50k Endurance race in San Francisco.  We had already planned our last long run, a 26 miler, we are going to start at the end of Wildwood and run 26 miles. Since the trail is a little over 30 miles, I wanted to get the part of the trail we are going to miss next week, this week. 

We started at Vietnam Memorial, which is the beginning of Wildwood. It started out a little drizzly, but it turned out to be absolutely gorgeous fall day. 

The route was broken up into 3 ~7 mile segments, the first on Wildwood, the second on Leif and the third on Wildwood again. Breaking up a long run like this always makes it seem a little easier.

We were on Leif Erickson around mile 6.5 and thought we had passed Firelane 7. We were stopped trying to pull up maps on our iphones, when we were passed by half a dozen college guys, one of them had the most perfect looking butt, which made Susan and I both stumble over our words as he ran by. 

We stopped for our "vegan picnic" at Firelane 5 and Wildwood, we had chips, a brownie, peanut butter cups and even a sandwich. 

The last ~7 miles felt a lot better than I had expected, I didn't even experience the pain in my leg I had a few weeks prior. Though after the run as we were walking back to my house, Susan and I both did experience some pain in our left it bands. The run next week will be interesting, since the majority of the trail will be sloping on our right side. Stay tuned...
Autumn! 

Vietnam Memorial


Firelane 5

Vegan Picnic disguised as a 22 mile run 



22 miler in 3 parts
ww 0 - 6.43 aspen : 6.43
aspen to leif : .75
leif 0 - 6.60 FL 5 : 6.38
FL5 - ww: .23
ww 16.69 - 9.20 keil : 7.49
keil - wild cherry: .17
wild cherry - ww : .31
ww - birch : .39
birch - 53rd : .22
total 22.37

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