Running-wise November was not really too exciting, as I was struggling with injury. But cutting down on my miles is never a good thing for me, because I slacked off completely. Come December, and I find myself back to where I started in August. It is very frustrating, and I am a bit cross with myself on that score.
I did have some good races though. Tough but exciting. In August I ran the Golden Gate Double Road Race. First a 5K, then a 3K. I love these double races. Also ran as part of the Most Fit Team, and got an extra medal!
Then in September I ran the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge - 3.5 miles. It was like running through glue, as I was training aerobically at the time, trying to get more miles under my belt. Both Stuart and I ran ran with our company teams on a balmy summer's night.
We also ran a very fun race in September to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future, called SF Awesome 80s Run. It was a bit chaotic as there were no directions at the 3 mile turnaround, and people were running in all directions. But it was a small race, and the costumes were brilliant! I went as a terminator......
Then, at the start of October I ran a self-supported half marathon for breast cancer in SF, the Pinkathon. It was a baking hot day, and we ran from the Embarcadero up to the Golden Gate bridge and back. It was a baking hot day, and it was long and slow, but I raised some money for breast cancer, and that was pretty cool.
At the end of October I ran Edith Gosney's Super Ultra half marathon. That was pure blood, sweat and tears. It was the Dipsea Trail out and back, challenging, but oh so tough. I am going to run more hills, and go back next year and do a better job.
In November I ran the Las Vegas Rock n' Roll half marathon. That was exciting, as it took place at night. It was raining when we started, and the wind was howling. I was a bit chilled, but as soon as we started running, I warmed up. I went at a pretty decent clip for 10 miles, and then the last 3 miles were running into the wind. A very harsh, cold wind that just knocked me off my feet. My hoped for time, was gone, big time. But it was still a good race for me, because I ran those 10 miles very well, without stopping. Now I just need to develop more endurance.
I also ran a 5K on Stanford University campus for PAH research, It was a sunny day, and I thought I'd try and get a good time. But the problem with shorter races is, unless you are actually in front at the start of the race, you spend a lot of time dodging people. You have a chance to catch up later - well I do anyway, because it takes me so long to warm up. But I ended up running with a colleagues daughter. It was one of the best running experiences I've ever had. It was fun, and it was a very sweet thing to encourage a little girl who was feeling off colour and to finish the race together. I loved every moment of it. Here is a pic with us, posted with permission from her mum,
The start of December was so awesome, it will have a separate post!