|Low light sunset over piers 1.5 - 3.|
|I love how golden Oakland looks at sunset.|
We fell asleep before 11:30 and slept peacefully until the hotel phone randomly woke us up with loud ringing at 3:52 AM. No one was on the line. It was bizarre. Unfortunately, both of us had a difficult time getting back to sleep.
When my alarm went off at 7:05, I reset it for 7:20 and actually fell back asleep and started dreaming before the 7:20 alarm woke me up. Groggy, we finally got up, did the vitamin taking, teethbrushing, and dressing required before heading up to the lounge for cappuccinos and a light pre-race breakfast.
|Love Crissy Field Parkrun!|
The Magritte exhibit at SF MoMA is one of
my favorite museum exhibits I've ever seen.
|Magritte's Personal Values|
|One of my favorites.|
Except all of a sudden, it became apparent that many of the people I'd passed were using me as a pacer. The first woman I'd previously passed, passed me and started clipping people off as she headed down the last 3/4 mile to the finish, much stronger than I was. I'm not gonna lie. I found it very difficult to be grateful about THAT.
|Possibly my absolute favorite.|
The next woman who tried to pass caused me to dig in and match her, staying just in front of her shoulder for a minute or so, until eventually, she stopped pushing me and I saw that I was close to a guy I'd been trailing for most of the race. I pushed to pass him and he really didn't like that option. He tried to surge past me, so I matched. He dropped back for a few seconds. He tried to surge again, I matched again. He dropped back again. This pattern played out a few more times until the last 10th of a mile where I never saw him again.
Meanwhile, about 4 of the women I'd passed earlier in the race took the opportunity to cleanly and strongly pass me while I was battling with surging dude. I tried to push as hard as I could, but I couldn't stay with any of them. My chest was hurting in that "this is uncomfortable, but I can probably keep this up 'til the finish" kind of way. My legs felt like they probably had more to give, but my cardiovascular system did not.
Finally, I crossed the line and stopped my watch, very happy to see 29:39. My 3rd mile split was 9:29 with the last bit of the 5K at 9:10/mile pace. All in all, a very well executed negative split race.
|Post race dinner splurge.|
This is nowhere in contention for the fastest 5K I've ever run. In fact, it's about 29 seconds per mile slower than my PR marathon pace. But, I haven't broken 30 in a 5K since I'd done so at Memorial Day Parkrun 2 years ago, and this time is faster than that one, setting a Parkrun course PR for me.
It's the highest percentage age grade race (50.99%) I've posted in about 3 years. My age grade best is 60.30%, so I feel comfortable that I'm headed in the right direction fitness wise, AND, if I stay on it, I've got plenty of room for improvement within my historic norms. I just need to continue putting up consistent basic good healthy habits and training. And, I'm excited to get after it.