Run: Mission Peak (5.83 mi)

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Back in San Jose. They are in the middle of a cold and wet spell here. But it was not raining when I got up at 6 AM to run. So I headed over to Mission Peak and found the trails to be a bit muddy in places but totally runnable. It was dark until I was near the top but the moonlight helped light my way. My friends were all asleep on the mountain with their beady little eyes reflecting back at me.

Mission Peak

The pole and a sunrise on the top! It was windy and cold up there so I stayed for this photo and bailed.

Mission Peak

One of the best parts of the Bay Area is the spring green that shows up on the mountains. We have so much brown mountain side in Colorado. But this green here seems so luscious it almost hurts your eyes.

Mission Peak

So time-wise and mileage-wise I was short today vs my baseline. But I once again broke an hour on the round trip — most of the hiker folks take over an hour to get to the top. Garmin says I held an average HR of 156 which is pretty strong — meaning its high because that means I pushed the desecnt hard enough to keep it up there.

But I was up at 6 AM then meeting from 9 AM to 6:30 PM followed by dinner and back to hotel at 10:20 PM. Ugh. That’s the best I can do with what I have to work with today. The rest of the week will be the same. But there are supposed to be rainshowers and thunderstorms in the coming days so not sure how to adapt yet.

I went 5.83 miles with an elevation gain of 2,101 feet in 00:59:58, which is an average pace of 10:17. Heart rate average was 156. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.

  • Patrickjgarcia

    Solid. I love the spring time there, I wish I had my camera for my runs when I was at home after WTC, almost looks like Ireland or New Zealand with the rolling grassy green hills.