the Dipsea is a trail. the Dipsea is also a race run on the Dipsea trail. it is a very popular and historic race that always sells out, and so they created the Double Dipsea race which is doing the Dipsea twice. if you gave a masochist free reign to design a 14 mile race course, you would end up with the Double Dipsea. at the end of the first out, you parade down a series of 676 steps into Mill Valley. then you promptly turn around and go right back up them.
when we ran it this weekend the recent light rain had left parts of the trail damp and even slick around some of the stone steps. i stumbled more than i have before, maybe 5 or 6 times. depending on the direction, we climbed and descended Suicide Hill and Cardiac Hill which were STEEP. the downhills were especially fun, flying down the trail jumping over tree roots and rocks and quickly balancing and finding footing.
i was beat the rest of the day. everyone i talked to after the race was sore for a few days. and it showed me that i need to work on my uphill climbing. my goal is to increase the amount of time i can run up hills before i need to walk it. for practice, i mapped out this 4 mile hill repeat that includes a steep 1 mile climb and i plan to do this once a week, doing two loops.
Miwok Trail Repeats
here are the complete Double Dipsea race results. i was in the lower third of finishers. i’ve got some work to do!!