#1 – Mount Tam Hill Climb
Insider Tip: Be prepared to take some risks. I think most of the time can be gained on the upper section which is loose and slick. This is a great section to practice for that crazy European trail race you scheduled. Which of course you scheduled, you live in Marin.
Insider Tip: Sunglasses, wear sunglasses if you are really going for it. Oh yeah and a running start helps as well.
Insider Tip: Not really an insider tip, but running downhill takes confidence and practice. Ian Sharman, one of the best, has some great tips on how to improve your own downhill running on his blog. Take a look and practice before really going after it.
Insider info: In the spring the grass is like a green that you have never seen before. Wildflowers in the summer. Plus look out for that old car on the trail.
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.