Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blue Planet run on the Tahoe Rim Trail

Headed up to the Tahoe Rim Trail this morning to do a 24 mile section from Tahoe Meadows to Spooner, as part of the Blue Planet Run 30-mile challenge. Here we are ready to start: Peter, John, Chris and I (the one with the belly, on the right.) Plus Chris's dogs, Merry and Pippin, who didn't come along for the run.

As we got started, it became pretty clear that the other three guys were pretty fast. I knew that about Chris, but hadn't met John before today. I managed to get a couple pictures as they pulled away...

I ran by myself for a little while here, and was able to get some great shots of Tahoe like this:

I caught up with the guys at a potty break, and we ran as a pack for awhile. Pretty cool feeling, that. This is a pretty good picture of it, but I can't figure out why John's shadow is flipping Chris off...

Got some video of the pack running together, as well:

The hills got to me and I dropped back a bit again - here's Peter heading on up one hill:

At the top of which we found a little family of deer:

Chris and John were waiting for us at the top of that hill, and we ran together for awhile again. Here's an over-the back shot of Chris that actually turned out kind of cool:

One of the most scenic spots on the whole TRT. Here's the group running above Marlette Lake.

Here's a runner's eye view of the trail above Marlette:

Peter slowed a bit and hung back with me - here he is just after rounding a downhill switchback:

A great shot of how it feels to run the TRT: on top of the world, with Lake Tahoe spread out in front of you. That's Peter again.

And some action shots of him:

It was a totally beautiful day - in spite of snow up there a couple weeks ago, we all ran in shorts and t-shirts. Apart from a couple of new shoe-related blisters (that's another post) and the fact that I'm not really in the shape to run like that, it was a great time. Thanks to all involved.


SnowLeopard said...

Oooooohhhh, beautiful beautiful day! I SO wish I could have run with you. :) I'll have to work on my mileage for next year... That must have been cool to run all together like that! Totally envious!

Marcy said...

Wow!! That looks AMAZING! Great, great pics ;-) You're so lucky

Peter Lubbers said...

Turi, great pictures and movies.
It was a great to run with you again.
Hope that blister heals soon.

Blue Benadum said...

Great pics and video!! Nothing more beautiful than a run in the mountains except, maybe, a LONG run.