First things first, I did continue my streak yesterday, day 26, the day of my Uncle Norm’s funeral. I woke, put on some running pants, a warm shirt and beanie, laced up my shoes. Then without brushing my hair, or even my teeth, I ran out the front door and ran a little over the minimum required (1 mile) for Streaking into the New Year.
Day 27 (today), I took to the mountains to run with Tom B. and Ed H. We began our journey in Trabuco Canyon for a nice steep run up West Horsethief. THE West Horsethief. It is a heck of a climb that I ran every inch (though at a tortoise pace).
Rain came down upon us going up Horsethief, though I didn’t even realize at first. I only knew it was raining because the rocks that I ran upon were first spotted with drops, then finally darkened all over from wetness. And though that trail was still a bear, it was unbelievably short. Harding Truck Trail successfully dwarfed my “regular” trails.
Overall, the weather was wonderfully cool, the skies gray. I saw more people hiking up Holy Jim than I’ve ever witnessed. I’m not sure if it’s because this weekend is a holiday weekend, or because “spring is in the air.” Either way, though they crowded the trail, I was delighted to see them.
I ran very quickly down Holy Jim hoping to catch Ed, who had a pretty good lead. As I flew down the mountainside, I asked some hikers if they’d seen him. They said that they passed him not two minutes ago. TWO MINUTES AGO?
Well, I picked up my pace and ran about a mile down that switchback with no Ed in sight! Two minutes my foot!!! I guess I didn’t calculate that Ed was running as well. But still, you’d think I’d catch a glimpse of his bright shirt. He was nowhere in sight.
About 3 miles to the truck, I was turning those switchbacks faster than I can remember when I came upon a hiker couple making their way up the trail. I didn’t say a word, just smiled, and the woman said, “You’ve almost got him! He’s just around the bend.”
Well, that cracked me up!! How did she know?
Sure enough after about a HALF MILE, I came up on Ed and said “Aha!!” I think that I startled him. He’s a dang good runner and I was proud that I finally caught him (true, he missed the turn-off to Holy Jim, being that this was his first time on these particular trails, so that set him back some). But STILL, I caught him.
This 27th day of running was a fun one for me. I loved the stream crossings in the end. Enjoyed seeing the multitude of people making the trek up Holy Jim. I wish everybody could see Holy Jim’s beauty (though of course, not at the same time : )
Another trail run success. How fortunate am I to get these guys to run with this old gal?
Miles run on the 27th consecutive day of running: 13.86 (22.31 km)