Last year I missed the Bay to Breakers to attend my brother’s graduation. Priorities people.
This year I was not about to miss it. A crummy Saturday did not deter me from getting up and going today, although I can say there were moments of ughhh this am when the alarm went off. However, when I got to the BART to go into the city, I was happy I chose to go. Everyone who knows I am a runner and live near San Francisco always ask “Have you done Bay to Breakers?” Now I can say I have 🙂
I only knew a couple people attending, as many of my runner friends had events this weekend. I got to the starting line at 7:45 am and was immediately greeted with Tortilla warfare. Yes, those are tortillas flying in the air. There was a guy behind me dressed as a tetrus block and said that people kept getting it inside the top of his outfit. I also saw a man climbing on top of the portapotties.
Sorry! All I had was my phone, but this blurry picture is awesome. Because obviously I think blurry is sexy. The miles passed realllll slow and my splits were all over the place. The beginning 4 miles were around an 10-11 min/mile due to the hill and the CROWD. The whole race was a bottleneck, but that’s what happens when there are tens of thousands in the streets not really running haha. The last few miles in the park, I picked up the pace and was at a 8:30-9 min/mile to consider this run my tempo for the week. Overall, this was a really fun spectator race and I had so much fun seeing the costumes (or lack there of – 32 nudists by mile 3!). Race time doesn’t matter, but for the record it was 1:20 @ 10:40 pace (damn hayes hill at 12 min/mile! hahaha) Any which way of enjoying this race is fun! Maybe next year I’ll dress up…hmm…
Thanks for the support on my fulfillment friday. I went to Church for the first time since Easter today. Crazy how those few weeks were the ones that I was struggling in. There are a lot of decisions that I am in the process of making for the upcoming school year that have stressed me out tremendously and I just needed some time to turn things over to Him is what I needed. The homily was centered around just “being” and listening. Gosh, did I need to hear that. I will make that a focus of my week to just listen and not worry.