First, my brief report posted to the forum:
Not the best weather (rained and strong wind by the ocean), but it could have been worse.
Course Map (not to scale). The run mostly goes through SF Golden Gate Park
Butt shot not just happens when climbing. It took the entire time when I ran towards and past Mud for the camera to turn on.
Got a finishers medal.
Now, a not-so-brief report:
I never liked jogging or running. But I started jogging in spring of 2007 hoping to help improve my cardiovascular shape for bicycling. Then I found a welcoming and encouraging group of people at work that run everyday during the lunch break, so I tagged along. For a long time, I did one run a week for 5 miles. Only in the last couple of months, I started adding another run in the week, and sometimes made it a 7 miler. When I received an email about this race, there were only three weeks left. Will I be ready? I went out for a 11 mile run and got back in an hour and forty minutes. It looked like I would be able handle a half marathon, so I mailed in my check.
But I had an even bigger question mark: considering the weather had been crappy for a while, how would the weather turn out on the race day??? I checked the weather forecast everyday in the week leading up to the race.
|Thursday's forecast||Friday's forecast||Saturday's forecast|
|mile 1||mile 2||mile 3||mile 4||mile 5||mile 6||mile 7-9||mile 10||mile 11-12||mile 13 to finish|
|8'24"||7'29"||8'02"||7'50"||7'45"||7'29"||7'38" (Avg)||7'39"||7'54" (Avg)||8'49"|
The weather was not bad in the first half of the run. Then it started raining off and on. At one point, I thought it was going to hail. The sun broke out for a couple of very brief moments too. As soon as people turned around going north on Great Hwy, everyone was treated with headwind. I had been given the advice to draft — tuck behind some big runners and let them block the wind. It didn't seem to work for me. I just couldn't find anyone whose pace matched mine, so most of the time, I was on my own. But it was okay because by that time, I knew the finish was not far any more. I was running at a conservative pace so it never got to a point when I had to labor to make every steps. On the other hand, when I saw the finish line, a wave of energy came out of nowhere, and I fully sprinted passing a few runners on the way. I almost wished the finish line had been a bit further away. When I crossed the finish line, I had 1:42:10 on my watch. The official clock time for me was 1:43:00 (7:52 minute/mile). That was a time I feel very happy about and I went to sleep at night chuckling.
- 4692 Total Finishers – 2208 Males / 2484 Females
Links and References on the Internet:
- Information on Active.com
- Results on Active.com
- A few pictures of the top finishers by Martin Taylor on Flickr
- Among them are: Crosby Freeman, Men's winner and Anita Giusti, Womens Winner Close to Finish
- The route in Google Map (to scale and interactive)
It's been two full days since the run. I've felt a shortness of breath from time to time when I tried to take a deep breath. That's interesting because I thought I didn't overly exert myself during the run. If anything, my legs were feeling heavy near the end (except for the last hundred yards when I sprinted), and I didn't think I breathed hard throughout the run. It reminded me that after I returned from my climbing trip to to Temple Crag (11000'-13000' in elevation), I also experienced shortness of breath for a couple of days. Because it was an unfamiliar feeling, I went to a doctor for it, but nothing came out of it. It's interesting how elevation and physical exertion have similar effect.
I also have had headaches at night during my sleep the last two nights. One thing I knew I neglected to do was taking in recovery drinks and protein right after the run. As a matter of fact, I did not eat my lunch until 6 hours afterwards. I shall learn the lesson.
The official event photos by Brightroom have been made available. I found following photos of mine: