This morning I ran another Pacific Coast Trail Run (PCTR), choosing the 20k at the Sequoia event. I was aiming to beat the previous course record of 1:26.34 which I knew would not be easy. However, thanks to the great weather and good course conditions, I was able to better the record by 4 minutes coming in at 1:22.35. The first 4k and the last 2k of the course were in Joaquin Miller Park and the remainder was in Redwood Regional Park with a 5.4k stretch along the fantastically beautiful French Trail. The French trail features some steep hills, but running through the thick redwood forest more than compensates.
I was on target to beat the record throughout the first part of the course and I was feeling good so I was able to pick it up a little in the later stages. My overall pace was about 6:42 per mile, but as with most trail races, actual pace was quite variable, ranging from 8+ minutes per mile on the steep hills to sub 6 minutes on the flatter sections.
It was a pleasure to run in another great event organized by PCTR with superlative course marking, great post-race food, and fun mingling with other runners. It was also nice to chat with some fellow Stanford Law students who came out for some trail running.