Walt Stack 10K (PR!)

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!

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8 comments to Walt Stack 10K (PR!)

  • I lied & we actually did a 1.6 warm up. Even more rockstar, so tack that onto your weekend total! Party on, Wayne … such an awesome weekend!

  • I <3 10Ks!! I also think sometimes running Garmin-less is totally the way to have an awesome race. Congrats again!

  • Awesome job! How did your legs work the day after 70 bike miles!? And good choice on missing Oakland in favor of this race…maybe it was because you guys weren’t there but it felt much less inspiring this year.

  • jen

    so impressed by your long bike ride and your 10K pr! you are rocking it lately!

  • Wow, what an amazing weekend! Congrats all round, especially on the PR! There’s a lot to be said for the cooler SF temperatures :) You’re flying though at the moment…all the training is paying off in spades, that must be really motivating! Going to make your red lentil soup tonight now Oakland is done and I can risk lentils again ;)

  • Well done on the 10K, especially after the long bike ride! You are going to own the Wildflower course.

    Ellie is looking like such a big girl these days!

  • What would be the opposite of jelly legs? Because that should be your new nickname.

  • Kristen

    Awesome weekend. You are becoming such a strong cyclist.

    Nice job with the PR, maybe tired legs are the way to go.

    Also, that is an adorable family photo!

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