Lucky for me, going home to visit my family usually means I am pretty close to some pretty awesome trails and outdoor activities. On Saturday Casey and I decided to take Bella The Poodle trail running in Foresthill. We found a 11ish mile loop that looked good and runnable – the Foresthill Divide Loop – it was a pretty easy (and beautiful) drive from my parent’s house. Once we crossed the Foresthill Bridge (one of the tallest bridges in California, actually), it was just up another quarter mile or so.
Getting out of the car I couldn’t believe how chilly it was; I instantly regretted my decision to wear shorts. Brrrr. Thank god I had decided to put on my snowflake Pro Compression socks just so I could match Casey (he was super pumped about that!). HAHA.
I guess it just ended up being more motivation to move a little faster. Bella got right down to business – running up ahead to sniff everything and then running back to us – running up, running back – I swear she did 11 miles in the first 3.
We started to warm up a bit once we hit our first climb around miles 3 and 4. It was a runnable climb, we ran all the way to the top and just continued on. The trail was pretty empty too – with the exception of a few mountain bikers and one other hiker – so we had a lot of room to roam (especially Bella). Once we got to the backside, where there was more tree cover, the trails got pretty muddy and some even were a little iced over. They were surprisingly slippery!!
Around mile 7 or so we had to cross the highway and then we were up on the ridge – really beautiful view and nice singletrack to finish off our run. And of course, we stopped for a little yoga break before reaching teh very
The trail markers said we had done 11+ miles but our watches said differently – 10.9 miles. Either way, I was happy with the run and the mileage.
It was almost noon by the time we got back in the car and we were STARVING so decided to stop off at one of my favorite foothills eateries – Awful Annie’s – don’t let the name fool you, this place is legit!
Casey ordered Migas (which he described as “off the chains”) and sasparilla in a boot (because why not?) and I got the triple decker veggie sando with fries and ate the whole thing (ok, minus two pieces of bread) – don’t judge me. 😉 Bella slept under the table for most of the meal…and then all of a sudden lost her mind and started and barking at nothing and no one so we had to stick her in the car while we finished up. Dogs…
When we got home, we were eager for hot showers but I had to bathe Bella first. She was COVERED in clay. She basically had clay covered socks on which took me a good 45 minutes to get cleaned off. HA.
Bella and Casey both wore long socks.. 😉
All in all a pretty good day before we headed up to meet Alyse & Nathan in Tahoe….Our first day in Tahoe started with a short, early morning walk with Bella The Poodle and then we took the dogs to the dog beach near Zephyr Cove to romp around. And then to yoga… A pretty perfect Sunday if you ask me! 😉
Holiday Sweat points total: 68
Stay sweaty friends!