I got up early again, but this time for the Bridge-to-Bridge 12K race. It was my second year running this race that starts at the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco, runs along the Embarcadero, through Fort Mason and Crissy Field, to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, and ends in the Presidio.
So this is what you should “not” do leading up to a race:
1. Not get enough sleep 2. Not eat 2 straight days of ballpark (aka fried) food 3. Not sit in the hot sun for hours
I woke up feeling the effects of all 3 (especially being in the sun). I was so ill-prepared for this race. I didn’t have my gear together, didn’t put together a playlist, didn’t plan how I was getting to the Start Line and most importantly, didn’t check the weather. I mean, after sitting in the sun the previous afternoon, I had just assumed it would be a nice sunny day.
I decided to drive up to the City. As I drove past Candlestick, raindrops started to fall on my windshield, and they got progressively heavier the closer I got to the City. By the time I actually got there, it was pouring. I was not prepared for this, and was very annoyed.
As I walked down Market Street to the Embarcadero, the rain stopped and it turned out to be a pretty perfect running day - cool and overcast, although a bit more humid than I liked.
Unlike the past few weeks, I actually felt pretty good going into the run. My goal was just to take things easy, no need to hurt myself anymore going into the Portland Marathon next week. I cruised along the first 2 miles pretty well, but then I hit the Fort Mason hill. I swear, that thing owns me. OWNS me. I have a mental block against it. I told myself that I was going to run the whole thing, but I ended up walking half of it.
I was pretty unfocused for the rest of the race, letting other people, the scenery, etc distract me. But I finished strong, in piece, and most importantly, not sore.
After the race, Missy (who also ran the race, awesomely I might add) and I had lunch in the City, made a quick stop at Niketown, then I rushed home to watch the final game of the G’s vs Padres series.