Saturday: I headed out to one of my favorite SF running locations to meet up with the running group. Since I knew I had a race in the am, I cut down the planned 10 to a bit over 8. I ran the first four @ a 10 min pace, but decided to kick it up a notch on the way back. I actually have been trying something “new” out. I start the running without my iPod playing to get my breathing and form under control, then use the music as means for motivation. The second half of my run was at a 9:30 pace. Felt grand and the legs were on it.
- 8.25 miles, 9:42 min/mile.
Sunday!! What you all really want to know about! Maritza mentioned the Emerald Across the Bay 12k race two weeks ago and knowing I was about to taper for Oakland, I thought it’d be fun to cross running across the GG bridge off my list 🙂 Can’t really say that I fueled “properly” the night before, but eh, things still went well. She picked me up around 6:30 am and we headed over. You park near Aquatic Park/Ghiradelli Square where the finish line is and they bus you over the bridge to Sausalito, dump you off, and you run home. (All photos are Maritza’s! Thanks lady)
The race was set up into three waves to break up congestion especially on the bridge! We were in wave two which went at 8:45. At the start, the race is a straight downhill, which was wonderful because according to Maritza “We are at water level, we need to get up to bridge level” so I waiting ahem patiently for that infamous uphill to the GG bridge. Well this uphill was a doozey and you’ll see that it reflects in my splits. This uphill is like a weaving maze that makes its way to the bridge’s entrance. Congestion on the bridge wasn’t as bad as I imagined. Most realized to move over the the right so weaving wasn’t horrible.
About half way across the bridge, this began the 2+ mile downhill which made my life and helped the pace that had dropped to 10:17 min/mile by mile 2 due to that incline! We crossed the bridge and made way through the presidio. It was after Fort Point that I saw Tara and Aron cheering me on! This fueled the last miles along the Marina. This was a familiar route as we use it when we start at Sports Basement. I knew that if I could just keep the pace and cut off some time, then the hill that happens right at the end wouldn’t destroy the time I was cutting.
Mind you, I resisted putting on my iPod until mile 5.5! This really really helped in breathing control. It also allowed me to find my go to songs! Mile 7 came quickly and soon I had gone up and over the last hill of the race. The 12k ended on a FAST downhill which I used to get my pace under a 9:30.
- Mile 1: 9:43
- Mile 2: 10:54 (yaaa the HILL)
- Mile 3: 9:20
- Mile 4: 8:43 (WOOT!)
- Mile 5: 9:05
- Mile 6: 9:16
- Mile 7: 9:15
- Mile 7.54: 9:19
Overall: 7.54 mile, 1:11:20, 9:27 min/mile pace
I am really pleased with how it went. This was my first 12k 🙂 It was a good lesson in pacing and after mile 2, I was proud with my fairly consistent splits and will take an 8:43 ANYDAY! In my mind, I am viewing it more as a training run for Oakland Half. The reason why? I know how my body was responding at those sub-9:15 paces and as a result, it gives me a good idea for an A, B, and C goal pace/overall time for the half next weekend. Obviously, I will not be setting out to pace the same for a half as a 12k (that=blowing up mid race), so it will be a good mental check if I see I am doing that early on in the half and to instead shoot for something around 9:40, then adjust if I’m feeling good. (Sorry rambling there.)
So in other news, I set up a twitter account after multiple requests 😉 Runningonfaith2 (bummed that someone already had runningonfaith) but why two? because of my sub-2 hour half goal 🙂 I think the proper terminology is to “follow me” – I feel like a grandma working with an email account. Anyways, congrats to my girl MARITZA who rocked the race too, and to any other lovely runners who were out there today doing what we love best!