Lagunitas Three Lake Loop
(Phoenix Lake-Bon Tempe- Lake Lagunitas)
(This route + Lagunitas Lake trail- Lakeview Rd- Eldridge- Gertrude Ord)
I know California is having a drought. I wish it would rain more. I know that days with clear blue skies are not good for our water supply.
However, I would be lying if I said that I was sad it was not raining today. Thirteen miles in the rain is far less fun than thirteen miles with crisp, sunny skies.
When I drove over the Richmond Bridge this morning and saw this view, I knew I was in for a fabulous run. (For the non-Bay Area inhabitants, that mountain you can see is the famous Mt. Tamalpais, seen in other photos and runs on this blog...) Because it was convenient, I decided to run a route I know fairly well, but added on another lake circumference-- Lake Lagunitas. The last time I ran at Lake Lagunitas was probably 2 years ago--this must not happen again. Lake Lagunitas is a pretty little lake and I was very happy to run by it.
After running around Lake Lagunitas, the trail climbs rather steeply up Lakeview Rd to Eldridge Grade, at which point I ran back down to Phoenix Lake, taking the slightly longer Gertrude Ord trail to get back to the starting point.
I love the lakes in Marin. It amazes me that we can run by the ocean and then head into forests that have such beautiful lakes tucked away in them. I am considering trying to figure out how to run a 4-Lake Loop (adding in Alpine Lake, which could make the run either 19 or 23 miles, depending on how much of the lakeside trail one wished to do) in the near future, as training for AR50.
This run also felt really, really good. I was tired but not so tired that I couldn't push it coming down Eldridge Grade a bit, and going up Shaver Grade, I passed a bicyclist. That was funny.
I must post my other Spain runs this week-- not trails but some interesting sights all the same.
Back to the work week! Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend running...