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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sneak Peak and Preview

Mt. Diablo silhouetted by the fire of dawn.
Briones Regional Park - just south of the summit.

Tamalpais Island
The top of Mt. Tam as seen from the Sea View Trail in Berkeley's Tilden Park - above the fog.

How many times have I said "you can't get these kinds of views without working for them." Ok, so maybe there are roads to magnificent vistas that facilitate loafers. But, one certainly appreciates the views more when they are hard fought. Both of the above pictures were shot during my 23 mile run from Martinez to Berkeley and made possible by some rough climbing.

Sometimes you just have to slow down and take the picture.

Round Valley Regional Preserve

This is the sneak preview of the Diablo Trails Challenge I plan to run in April. I was in the Brentwood area and hunted around till I found this spot - the starting line for the 50k. It was exhilarating to gaze up that trail and imagine 31 miles.

Now all I have to do is get this shin splint to heal so I can get back to training. I haven't run in 5 days, and the down time is agonizing. Maybe 1 more week - then more beautiful vistas.