I think Strava is swell. While I agree with the premise that Strava has killed the loneliness of a long distance runner (see Sam’s Blog post here), for those that run alone most days it can provide a motivation and connection to our peers and history not previously readily available. It also provides some pretty epic segment battles which have produced some incredible performances normally reserved for races. No need to worry about nailing a taper and having the perfect conditions. When you are ready you can challenge the best any day of the year.
Recently I put out a query on twitter about what the most iconic Strava segments in the Southern Marin/Mt Tam are of Marin county are. I got some great responses (here, here, and here) which I totally agreed with. They all made the list. Now the order is something entirely else.
My rationale for choosing a segment was based on the following simple criteria. How impressive is the CR performance? How iconic is the bit of trail it is on? How many people have run it before?
So starting with #10 and working back to #1 I will post one segment a day for the next ten days. Feel free to argue, agree, or offer your alternatives and insights as well! Eventually I will post a similar list of the Boise Foothills, but for now, I will reminisce about my old neighborhood trails.
#10 Rodeo Beach to Wolf Ridge