“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare
This was where I went to run yesterday morning. I drove about 20 minutes south from my house for a solo run at Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon, CA.
The bike path is flat and runs along the Tiburon Penninsula offering spectacular views of Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge, the SF bay and San Francisco itself.
The path leads you into downtown Tiburon. Turn back after you cross the 2.5 mile bronze placard in the middle of the main street and you’ve got a nice 5 miler under your belt. You can continue along Shoreline Park (which offers a gorgeous view of the bay and Angel Island) and make your way up to the “turret” – this will get you another mile added on to your run.
If you want to increase your distance and difficulty – you can turn right down the main street in Tiburon and run back towards Belvedere Island. Going up and around the island looping back along the bay near San Rafael Ave turns this 5 mile out and back into a 7 miler. With views and killer climbs to boot!
I have run this trail often – it was a staple of my earlier Team in Training days where we’d meet for our Tuesday night “buddy runs”. Nowadays I make a trek down here only every now and then when I feel the need for some sea breeze and to escape my normal ‘hood runs.
I realize, as I ran, that I don’t often appreciate or notice my surroundings. Yesterday, however, I couldn’t escape the stunning beauty around me. When I ran past the 2.5 mile marker I continued through Shoreline Park and took a moment to stop and enjoy the view. At the end of the park I turned and made my way back.
I marveled at the houses tucked high on Belvedere Island. There is a main road that circles up the island and the houses are built along that road. The houses are tucked up on the hillside with fantastic views. The per capita income in this area is about $250K so it’s definitely a high-rent district.
As I returned back to my starting point I has come to the realization about 2 things.
1) I need to place this route back in a normal rotation
2) I’ve got to get out of cruise-control during my runs and look around more
Now go run!