Monday, February 8, 2010

My lack of self control-- Jed Smith recovery run

What was I thinking? I left my call room in the "Hotel Fremont" intending to put in a quick one hour recovery run (also ran to the BART station 40 minutes yesterday), to then shower, nap and then be rested for my 2nd straight 4 pm to 2 am shift.

I have no self control. Even 2 days after an intense 50k race.

Decided to run up Morrison Canyon Road. Hadn't run it in years, especially since I figured out my long (3-5 hour) mostly trail commute to or from Fremont. If I have time to run right before or after a shift, why run roads?

Surprisingly nice, one of the best dangs for the distance in the East Bay. Very narrow, lush, parabolic-shaped farm hills on both sides, cows and horses, fairly steep incline before emerging onto the Vargas Plateau, the land bank on the left eventually to become another East Bay Regional Park. No through traffic, and too steep and narrow for the residents to go over 30 mph, so for a danger rating I give it 1 skull-and-crossbones (versus 5 for nearby Niles Canyon Road).

Saw the fence and signs to stay out of the land bank. Good boy that I am, I kept it legal. Coming back down, again saw Vargas Road heading down to the left. I just HAD to take it down, all the way to I-680, as well as explore another side road, before heading back up to the intersection and then back down Morrison Canyon Rd.

run map

No self-control. Went over two hours. There goes the nap. Hope my shift isn't too bad.


Scott Dunlap said...

Self control is highly overrated. ;-)

Which pace group are you doing at Oakland?

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) said...

3:20, Scott. maybe a lot of leeway for speedy you but i was hoping for more wiggle room.

Chihping Fu 傅治平 (超馬阿爸) said...

Thanks for sharing your route. I looked at those hills a couple of times, but never thought about ways to get there. I did notice a mansion at the top of hill that I wanted to take close look at the riches. Anyway, looks like I need to explore more area surrounding Fremont.

Recover well,


Golden Trails Dave said...

So, did a pre-race and a post-race entry, but not a race report?

Maybe I'll be one of your pacee's at Oakland...

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) said...

Chihping-- still doesn't compare to Mission Peak trails. But that's all I had time for. I'm wondering where the Bay Area Ridge Trail connectors from Garin to Vargas to Mission Peak is going to run, and when it will happen. David-- almost there. I'm, uh, multitasking right now.