15 Favorite Trail Runs Near Stanford

It’s amazing how much great running there is so close to Stanford! I honestly cannot think of anywhere else where there is so many miles and so much variety in the trail running opportunities. In addition, the moderate marine climate here is almost perfect for running. Here is my list of favorite spots I have…

Phleger Estate

Today I checked out the Phleger Estate, a park that is adjacent to Huddart Park, for some new trails to run. The “entry” trail into the Phleger Estate from Huddart Park, the Mirramontes Trail, is fantastic trail running for about 1.5 miles. From here, it was essentially all uphill, first on the Mount Redondo Trail…

Windy Hill

The running at Windy Hill was so good last weekend that I returned today! The run was about 12.4 miles and took 85 minutes. It definitely helped knowing the trails and how much uphill I had left to properly allocate my energy. The first part of the run was the same as last time running…

Elena Road

After a couple hilly runs I was ready for a relatively flatter outing that would allow me to get into a rhythm and open it up. The Elena Road Loop in Los Altos Hills fit the bill. I felt pretty good aside from tired legs on the hillier sections and ran it quite fast covering…

La Sportiva’s Fireblade & Windy Hill

There were two first time events today: the first time running at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve and this first time running in La Sportiva’s Fireblade performance trail running shoe. Both were successful! First, the La Sportiva’s Fireblade (pictured to the right – mine are gray). This shoe won the Runner’s World Best Debut award…

Redwood Regional

Today I did a 12.5 mile run (1:32) in Redwood Regional Park and Joaquin Miller Park in the East Bay outside of Oakland. The run featured about 2,000 feet of gain, but most of it came in very steep sections. The downhill parts were steep, rocky, and muddy making for slow going. I am a…

Moody Road

Back to familiar ground today as I ran the Moody Road loop in Los Altos Hills. The terrain and quality of the paths allowed me to get into the kind of rhythm I know and love (unlike yesterday). The one muddy part was on the linkup up to Black Mountain Road where it was super…

Portola Valley Part II

On Tuesday I ran in Portola Valley again, except this time in the neighborhoods north of Alpine Road. The running was decidedly not as good as the Portola Valley Ranch area of the previous run. A few of the main trails were ok, but the side trails are either super hilly, narrow, muddy, mangled by…

Portola Valley Ranch

Another great find today for trail running – the Portola Valley Ranch! I ran for 74 minutes (~11 miles) on some sweet single track in oak forests and grasslands. It’s quite hilly, but I’m not complaining! The Toyon Trail was especially fun with its super narrow windy sections along the cliffside above Corte Madera Creek….

Woodside 35k Trail Run

Today I ran the 35k trail run at the Woodside event of the Pacific Coast Trail Runs (PCTR) series. The actual distance is 35.4k or 22 miles, with 2,990 feet of elevation gain. I was the first finisher in 2:38.45 and broke the previous course record by a nice margin (around 7:10 pace per mile)….

2008 Season Kickoff

Tomorrow I kick off the 2008 season with a race at Woodside (Huddart Park) tomorrow morning. I am going to be running the 35k (22 miles). You can probably tell from my blog that I run Huddart a lot so you can consider this my “homefield.” The trails are indeed gorgeous at Huddart and the…

Skyline Ridge Trail

Yesterday (Wednesday) I returned to Huddart and ran directly to the Skyline Ridge trail. I ran for 1:37 (~14 miles) and still did not make it to Wunderlich Park! I figure I was about 1.5 miles away. The trail was super fun as it winds around clinging to the steep hillside in the midst of…