A 70 mile bike ride is probably not the best way to spend the day before a 10K race, but it obviously worked out OK, because I beat my previous PR by 18 seconds!
Saturday morning, I went to a group ride planning on riding about 52 miles. When we got to the usual turn around, there was some chatter about extending the ride and going down (and then back up) a hill they call “the wall.” I felt good and had grabbed an extra Gu before the ride, so I decided to keep going. We descended the wall, and then kept going down, down, down until we were in Milpitas, which is a LONG way from home!
The climb back up was not too bad, except for a small segment that was incredibly steep. I tried sitting and standing, and felt like I was about to start rolling backwards at any second. Fortunately it was really short, because I maxed out my heart rate and felt like I was going to throw up. Fun! We cruised back into town for a total of 69.2 miles (according to my Garmin, which I forgot to re start at a few stoplights, so it was probably over 70…but I’m just going to stick with what the Garmin says!)
My legs were tired, and I slacked a little and didn’t do a transition run, but I now feel like I’m ready to tackle the insane bike course at Wildflower!
Sunday morning, we got up early, drove into the city, and picked up Alyssa for the Walt Stack 10K at Little Marina Green. I had forgotten to charge my Garmin after the bike ride, so I planned on running purely by feel.
We did a 1.3 mile warm-up around Crissy Field Marsh and were ready to go. It was a PERFECT day, nice and sunny but not too windy. When the gun went off I went out at a pace that felt fast but not too horribly uncomfortable, and just tried to hold it there. We ran down to Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate bridge, then turned around and back past Marina Green to Fort Mason. We climbed up and over the hill before turning around (those hills were ROUGH!)
I was running with 3 older guys and we kept alternating the lead in our little pack. With about a mile to go things started feeling a little ugly, but I tried to pick it up a little. I had absolutely NO kick left for the final stretch and was a little bummed to see the clock tick past 44:00, but I was still overjoyed to finish in 44:12 (a PR by 18 seconds).
Good enough for second place female!
Mike was a total rock star and pushed Ellie in the stroller for the whole race.
I’m now convinced the Crissy Field area is my lucky running spot because it’s where I set my 5K PR, too!