Last year I created this route because I was always inspired to run from the water to the top of this iconic mountain near San Jose. Now that there's a downhill variant available, I couldn't resist trying it in the reverse direction.
Which was great fun! I eased down the trails, gaining speed as the runnability improved on the way down. Coasted onto the road, changed into road shoes, and just kept on running. I was surprised at the speed (or "speed") my legs were able to maintain.
Since it seemed slightly possible that I might could break 6 hours, I hustled through the aid stations that my husband John had set up and tried to keep up a solid pace and posture.
Just a bit of weaving through the crowd at the end that had gathered for Alviso 4th of July fireworks, and then I touched the gate in 5:52. Nice!
Kipley and I are 1-and-1, so I guess a "best of 3" match on the "out and back" is in order eventually :)