Random but true: The Little Shamrock is a *real* pub
and also a major scene/character in the John Lescroart Dismas Hardy books.
Yeah, although I enjoyed my train ride back, it was clear that I'd came down with a nasty cold by Sunday night, and it just kept escalating.
|Instead of the Parkrun, we went to the Conservatory of Flowers|
|And the SF Botanical Gardens|
|Sunset views of Coit Tower on our Lyft back from the park.|
Man, I hate being sick.
Did I mention that the original plan had been to run the Crissy Field Parkrun and try to get a decade PR? I'd put in some decent weeks of prep, and last week, I'd run an 85% effort Cooper test at 9:16/mile for 12 minutes as an easy workout before CIM, which made me think I could shoot for a 5K at 9:20ish pace and set yet another 40s PR.
|Those flesh-colored bits are swimmers. In the bay. In December.|
Yeah. That totally didn't happen. I couldn't really swallow for half the week without wincing. I was coughing up gross stuff.
|Ft. Mason -- one of many gorgeous views from our run.|
The friend I'd invited to join me at the Parkrun was wonderfully understanding when I explained the situation. E, unfortunately came down with the virus on Friday (it had looked like he was successfully avoiding it until then), so he bailed completely on Parkrun, and I opted for a 10 AM meetup with lightly jogging and some walk breaks for 3.8 miles @ 16:18 average pace (the jogging was in the 12ish/mile range, but every hint of hill plus some feelings of exhaustion towards the end resulted in walking).
|A beautifully clear day at Fort Mason!|
|Tosca Cafe's back room -- full of theatre, dance, and film insider geekery.|
|The Mark Hopkins in all of its Holiday glory.|
I now have minimal coughing. And I'm excited for the last fast 5K of my fall buildup.
Keep your fingers crossed that I don't get another virus, please! I'd very much like to cap off the fall of my minor (but valid) increases in fitness with a 5K decade PR.
Wish me luck!