This weekend I enjoyed a 5 mile run. My longest in (ahem..cough, cough) a while.
I started at the path near Mill Valley Middle School. I have run this route so many times and while it’s not a favorite (flat, straight, kind of boring), it was already a warm morning and I needed a location that was a bit chilly, so Mill Valley was the ticket.
I started on my run listening to a Rich Roll podcast on mental health (https://www.richroll.com/podcast/mastering-the-mind-613/), which I highly recommend. Rich does some serious deep dives on a ton of different topics including endurance racing, mental health, addiction, the environment, training, veganism, plant-based eating, etc. His podcasts are informative, interesting and easy to listen to. Plus because of the deep dive, his episodes are usually over an hour which is great for a longer run.
Anyway, back to my run. I started south on the bike path towards Sausalito, running past the dog park and soccer fields and along the marsh. This path is very popular (read: busy) but at 8:30am it still hadn’t reached its full people potential so I didn’t have to dodge around people or have faster runners and bikers swerve around me. When I say this path is flat, I mean FLAT and straight, which are usually my least favorite types of paths. But today I enjoyed the monotony and just took my time to get settled into my run.
At the foot bridge I turned right and headed past the Dipsea restaurant at Tam Junction and continued along the creek. I ran past the Tam Valley Commnity Center and continued along the dirt path next to the 2 lane road. At about 2.25 miles in to my run I reached the Rhubarb Trail so I popped on to the trail for a bit. This 1.5 mile trail allows runners to run or hike up to Tennessee Valley without having to be on the shoulder of a busy, windy road.
At 2 1/2 miles I turned around and made my way back. After my run I walked around the dog park and hung out on the dock for a bit. (Side note. This is a public dock and I can’t wait to return with my SUP!)
All in all, it was a great run and I haven’t had one in far too long. This coming weekend I’ll move up to a 10K. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
Now go run!