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Tantek wearing a white cap and orange shirt with Ocean Beach and the Pacific Ocean behind him on a sunny day. Spreckels lake glinting blue green, with trees on the far shore and a clear blue sky above. Sutro baths at the Lands End Lookout with green trails in the foreground, and a blue Pacific Ocean in the background, fog gathering in the distance. Golden Gate Bridge in the distance under blue skies, Lands End hills in the foreground, and a cloudbank hovering over the Marin Headleands on the left. Old air raid sirens on a tower in front of blue skies. Golden Gate Bridge viewed northward, with the towers aligned, their tops disappearing into the fog. Golden Gate Bridge viewed from Fort Point, solid white fog enveloping the tops of its towers. Golden Gate Bridge viewed from Crissy Field Marsh in the foreground, the sky a mottled grey mix of fog and clouds. 🌞🌳🌊🌁 #Sunday #longrun! Ran 14+ miles on tired legs.
Planned to do a half marathon after Saturday’s 11 miles of Marin trails, ended up a mile-ish more. Slow start, but drank/fueled and felt pretty strong in the second half of Golden Gate Park. Spreckels lake sparkled in the sunshine(2). Reached the beach(1) and felt encouraged to go further. Ran up to the Sutro Baths for a beautiful view(3) and thru Lands End for a clear view of the Golden Gate!(4)
Happened to look upward in the Sea Cliff neighborhood and see an old air raid siren(5). Against the deep blue sky it reminded me of Depeche Mode’s Music For The Masses:
Depeche Mode’s Music For The Masses album cover.
By the time I ran up Lincoln Boulevard to the bridge, Karl the Fog had enveloped the tops of the towers(6). Ran down to the Warming Hut for another view(7) and over to Crissy Field Marsh(8).
Struggled up the final climb to the Presidio, and up to the top of Arguello Blvd, then easy cruising all the way home.
25+ mile weekend done! ✅
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Ominious thick grey fog obscuring a partial view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands in the foreground, with parts of the bay and high 101 between. Uphill on Marincello trail, green bushes on both sides, fog rolling in from the right side, obscuring anything more than a few hundred meters away. Looking west from the top of Bobcat trail, the top third a thick grey fog, a sliver of blue from the distant Pacific Ocean, rolling hills, rocks and bushes in the foreground. Lush ivy covered forest at the top of the Alta trail. Looking west and downhill from the SCA trail, in the middle thick fog obscuring anything beyond the first few hills. Golden Gate bridge in the distance peaking above the Marin Headlands, the tops of its towers obscured by fog. Forested single-track part of SCA trail, trees and greening lining both sides and covering the canopy. Cluster of trees near the start of Bobcat trail uphill, like an entrance gate, taller than any other nearby foliage. 🌬💨☁️⛰🌁 Underprepared for unexpected weather, Saturday morning I nearly gave up on my trail run and went home.
I planned to start at 7am at the Tennesssee Valley parking lot, arrived at 7:05. Overcast as expected, yet much colder. In contrast to last week’s quiet fog bank (https://tantek.com/t51y1), the wind howled through the valley, bending treetops and swirling up dust like I’d never seen before. I’d only worn shorts and a t-shirt and wouldn’t last 10 minutes in that wind chill.
I sat in my car in parking lot for almost an hour waiting for it to warm up a bit and for the wind to quiet down, berating myself for having forgotten a long sleeve. Just before giving up and going home, I decided to double check the shallow depths of my trunk.
Tucked into the bottom of a beach bag I found an SF Marathon long sleeve. Threw it on, and took off up the fogged-in Marincello trail(2), connecting via Bobcat trail(3) to Alta trail’s lush peak(4) instead of the windy coastal route I’d planned.
The fog thickened on SCA trail(5), where I barely caught a view of the Golden Gate bridge(6) being overwhelmed by the fog. My favorite part of SCA trail is a brief lush forest tunnel(7) that I decided to stop and capture (usually I just run through it grinning). Soon after capturing the Golden Gate Bridge from a hill(1), I saw a couple of faster friends from the SFRC running crew and realized I had been running the opposite direction. Finished a short loop up the Bobcat trail(8), then returned down Marincello to the parking lot and barely made it to Good Earth just before 11, last call for breakfast sandwiches.
11 miles done ✅ (not the 21 I planned, calling this mental game a draw)
Afterwards I shared with a few trail running friends how I’d felt starting out, and they reminded me (correctly) to look more on the positive side:
“Good job sticking with it. Deposits in the grit bank” [that’s a good metaphor to keep in mind.]
“You toughed it out, nice job keeping it going in less than ideal conditions.”
Even if that run was a mental draw, knowing I got at least something done will be good to remember next time I face a similar challenge, perhaps in a race.
#run #runner #Marin #MarinHeadlands #trail #trailrun #50ktraining #ultratraining #optoutside #getoutside #fog #KarlTheFog #befierce #pushyourself #facethemountain #fitstrongfierce #2019_229 #20190817 #latergram #nofilter
Previous weather challenged trail run: https://tantek.com/2019/081/t1/ran-tam-rain-twice