I picked up some serious hardware this weekend. My goal of nearly 40 miles over two days went off pretty much as planned and today, while not as spry as usual, I'm feeling ok. My calves are probably complaining the most, but my energy is good. First off, check out these cool finishing medals!
|Bad Bass Half, SF/LA Challenge (for completing both in 2012) and SF Marathon|
On Saturday, I ran the Bad Bass trail Half Marathon. My goal of 2:00 was just missed at 2:01. The terrain was a great mix of loose and hard dirt and featured numerous ups and downs. I found the downs the trickiest part as it was so, so easy to sprint them. However, knowing that the SF marathon the next day would feature a fairly hilly first half, blasting my quads to pick up a few more seconds seemed stupid. So, with every trick I knew, I focused on taking the hills in an easy manner. My goal was to use the gravity assist to let my heart rate decrease from the strain going up the previous hill.
And speaking of previous hills, I have learned in my ultramarathon running that you pretty much walk the steep bits. Everyone on Saturday - even in a half - was doing this. The difference in speed in walking and running them is negligible, but the savings in exhaustion is huge. I suppose the best and speediest of ultra runners do run them, but that's why they win medals and belt buckles. I found that shortening my stride, keeping on my toes a bit and just plain holding back worked. And in fact today, after the two races, my quads feel pretty good.
The race itself was beautiful. We traversed lovely hills above Oakland and a lake/reservoir. Finding the location was easy (I was an hour early so no stress there). Temps were in the 60's. The race staff was on top of it, and everything really just went well. I had some nice chats with other runners along the way, and they had a great selection of food and treats.
|You can see me in the yellow shirt as we start up this hill|
|The Brazen Racing Race Director decked out in the kilt|