It's been awhile since last posting. The blogger has changed the format a little bit but it's a little easier to do a blog nowadays. Compared to this time last year, this runner-blogger is in a lot better shape and have avoided the serious injuries. Just getting out and running despite the pandemic is a fortunate but trying time for all of us.
Some 39 races in and over 1100 miles, I made the decision a few weeks ago to run my 43rd Bay To Breakers 12K as a virtual race. All of us would have much rather run this in May but the pandemic wouldn't let us. Because of my age, I didn't want to defer to 2021 and have to pay a deferral fee. That is a subject I will talk about in a future post!
About a week ago, all of us who were going to do this virtually were wondering if we would do it at all. Because of the fires in California, Oregon and Washington, the air quality was really bad. There were several days of running little to not running at all. However, the last several days before last Sunday was more tolerable and on went the run.
I started the virtual race at roughly 7:55 am and would stop the watch only if I reached a traffic light and was forced to stop. It happened three times over the 12K distance with it being nonstop for the remaining 3 1/2 miles in Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway. There was some construction work around Hayes and Franklin Streets but was able to avoid that.
I didn't use my Garmin for several reasons. One of them was the Salesforce Tower which seems to add mileage to the watch when running by. Knowing the course as I do, there was the markings on the streets to get the splits. The Timex Ironman was the watch used.
The weather was comfortable but a little humid. I brought a water bottle to stay hydrated. The traffic was very light. On Howard Street, the bike lane was used. When getting to Hayes, it was the sidewalk until passing Gough and then the left side of the street until reaching Divisadero. When turning on Fell, it was the sidewalk until about a block before Stanyan when moving over to the bike lane again.
The slowest mile was between mile two and mile three (Hayes Street Hill) at 10:52. It was the usual struggle between Fillmore and Steiner Streets but nothing like when training on it back in April-May. The fastest mile was between mile six and mile seven at 8:19. That is mostly downhill. What was nice was it was the third of three sub 8:32 miles. Definitely nice to see the training paying off.
Finishing in the parking lot, I saw about a half dozen runners that appeared to already finish their runs. There was a brief chat between a couple of runners. We talked a little about the virtual race, the pandemic and baseball, of all things. Afterwards, a slow jog over to where Playland At The Beach used to be and the #5 MUNI bus back to Civic Center. Then there was the walk/jog home from there.
The 43rd edition wasn't exactly how I wanted to run and complete this. However, it's been about five years since running this race in better condition and without injury. That's all that one can ask for.