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Trail Run - Redwood Park

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 6:15 PM until 7:30 PM
Redwood Park (Skyline Gate) Google Map:
Oakland, CA  
Registration is not Required

Now that we are going to have more light later in the day, we are excited to kick start our weekly Thursday evening trail runs.

Where, when? This week, we’re doing the East Ridge Trail in Redwood Park. We’ll meet at the Skyline Gate Staging Area on Thu Mar 15 at 6:15PM and start running at 6:30 sharp. We'll be done by 7:15

But, Eduardo, why do I care about trail runs? I can just as easily run out my front door and get my workout done more quickly.

Glad you asked, the benefits of trail running are well-documented by now. All those little stabilizing muscles, your connective tissue (ligaments, tendons), and your heart have to work just a little bit harder on the trail. And your leg joints get a break from the harder road surfaces. All this makes trail running an important component of your training. Come and see!

But aren’t you more likely to get injured on the trail?

If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes around me, you know I’m a board-certified klutz. I don’t want to roll on my ankles any more than you do, which is why we’ll start slow. The East Ridge Trail is a nice big, flat-ish, relatively forgiving fire road. We’ll build our trail muscles on trails like this for a while before we start working our way up into fancy single tracks and more exciting terrain.

But dude, seriously, on Thursday evenings?! Right after I get home form my exciting job?! Couldn’t we do it some other time?

From past member surveys and given training schedules, this appears to be the best time. Depending on who actually wants to participate, we may switch things but we’ll stick with this slot for now. With daylight saving time, we should get at least a solid 45 minutes and eventually an hour or more. But more importantly, you could use a break from your busy job and see some trees and stuff. You know I’m right.

What, are we just going to run randomly, without a purpose or a workout?

Hells no! I’m no coach, but Raeleigh is and she’ll be helping us put some workouts together. Again, we’ll start easy, focusing on getting used to the terrain. But if on the other hand you’re already a badass and want to do your own thing, come join us anyway. Maybe you can teach us a thing or two and, most importantly, we all want to all get to know fellow OTC’ers a bit.