Well, I don't have the energy for a full post right now, but I've had a wonderful running/hiking weekend to remind me fully why I love living up here! The Santa Cruz campus is simply amazing. I'll definitely take some pictures when I get a chance, but to give you an idea, this is the view out of my bedroom window :
I have trails less than 50ft from my apartment, and the air out my window smells like the forest :) I did go on a hike around campus friday, and saw 5 or 6 deer (including one with horns!), a mole, and, while I was on the wharf, a seal! How cool is that :D
Saturday I headed up to Berkeley (by way of Palo Alto) for an amazing morning of brunch and enjoying a spa with my old housemates, which left me relaxed and very happy!
After that I met up with my Berkeley running friend sarah and we went to athletic stores to go shopping, carboloaded for dinner and headed to bed by 9:30 (she graciously let me spend the night! Thanks Sarah!) She got up at the crack of dawn (Before actually) to do the Race across Marin (which she did awesome at) and I left at 7:15 to get down to Ross to meet Mike Palmer and co. (Ernesto and Ann) to do a long Mt. Tam run. We ended up with 25.55 miles in just over 7 1/2 hours, and awesome day by all acounts!
Today (Monday) I went hiking with a new friend, despite my slightly sore legs from yesterday. We headed into big basin and out to the falls, which was beautiful and amazing, but had us transversing 15 miles! Granted, it was mostly hiking (though we did run the fun downhills!) but still, another 7ish hours on the feet.
I'm fairly certain that 40.5 miles in two days is the most mileage I've ever covered, and I'm definitely feeling it.
Tomorrow will be a rest day :D
Without a doubt, Santa Cruz is awesome! I just need to get in better shape so that I can enjoy it all.
Unfortunately, I need to now be in full taper mode for the 50k. Eeks...its in less than 2 weeks! I swear, I'll start resting soon ;)