Getting up at 5am to participate in a trail run up a mountain sounds like an insane idea. For some. My recent dabbling in trail running as well as having signed up for a big trail race in November, some sort of training run was due this weekend anyways. So why not make it a bit more interesting and sign up for the half marathon distance at the Diablo Trail Run, organized by Coastal Trail Runs.
Was eating half of a 14 inch pizza, my dinner on the day before, considered proper carb-loading? I was about to find out as my friend Jürgen and I headed from the South Bay up north in the dark on 680 to Walnut Creek and eventually Clayton. A hint of orange was glowing on the horizon when we got to the Mitchell Canyon entrance of Mount Diablo State Park a bit more than an hour later. While we took care of registration, a handful of other participants were trying to stay warm in this 55 degree weather. The crowd consisted of people with slender physique in running outfits with tech t-shirts, but additional accessories like fuel belts, running vests and backpacks. Especially the people who had signed up for the longer distances (marathon and 50k) rightfully anticipated to spend anywhere between five and ten hours on the trails and fire roads.