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
Location: Starting at Rodeo Beach, climb up along the road and then take the trail and continue up to the trail junction of Coastal and Wolf Ridge.
Distance: 1.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 833 ft of climbing (10% grade).
Overall Runs: 1775 by 1093
My place: 21, 15:31
: This is a standard climb for many trail races in the Headlands. It also might be the only one of my top 10 that super speedster David Roche
has the CR for. The views from the top are second to none in the headlands. SF in one direction Mt Tam in the other. Its a classic climb, in a classic location.
Insider info: Get ready for stairs! You think the pavement is tough, wait until you hit the stairs that force all expect the fittest to drop into a power hike. Be sure to save a little for the section that flattens off after the stairs.
Looking back towards Rodeo Beach and SF.