Sure enough, Saturday AM was still nice and chilly (and foggy, of course)
No golden gate bridge to see here...
To beat my course PR, I had to average under 9:35/mile if I ran the tangents. I hit mile 1 at 9:27, but I was already starting to question my ability to maintain the pace. I was working a little too hard, too early, even though it was gloriously cool. E was trying to drag me a bit faster, but I couldn't catch up, so he took off shortly after the 1 mile mark (and ran a 20 second PR). Sure enough, despite my effort, Mile 2 was 9:42. Annnnnnddddd, Mile 3 came in at 10:03. I ran the last 0.1 at 9:30 pace and missed a course PR by 21 seconds. I was a bit disappointed because I honestly believed the 8 weeks since the PR had been full of good fitness work that should have made it easy to run faster.
But, I had been struggling with my left hamstring insertion, and it wasn't remotely sore after the race, so I just had to buck up and appreciate a healthy, fun hard effort with E in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We followed it up with delicious tapas for lunch, the hilarious Sorry To Bother You at the theater, and then one of the best sushi meals either of us have ever enjoyed.
|Pre-sushi balcony selfie.|
I arrived to lots of ripe tomatoes, ready for harvest.
|Kentucky Beefsteak on the left, Caspian Pink to the right.|
And dinner using the garden cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh sauce.
Even without the PR, this was pretty much a perfect weekend for me.