|Glad I brought along my puffy jacket. Brrrr!|
|Can you see the high school cross country kids? Their coaches won in their respective age groups too.|
|At the start, speed monster Alec Briones & Bill Schackart exchange hellos.|
I did the best I could. I ran and all I could do is look forward to the end, this will be over before you know it. Again my thoughts swirled around, why did I trade my 6 miler pace run for this? Almost every time I run a 5K I think about how it is so much harder than running a marathon. Really it is. I've made this comparison before. When you think about it, in a shorter race you have to be "on" the whole time. You got to hit your pace right from the get-go. You cannot pull back or slow down because it's over before you know it. There is no make up time. Unlike a marathon, there is plenty of time to make up. You can go on auto pilot and cruise. There was no cruising today...at the 1 and 1/2 mile turn around, I saw the pier from the distance.
|Photo courtesy of Kevin Cooper|
That about sums up the turnaround--the Pier in a seemingly distant world...
|Courtesy of Heidi's photo: Debbie right behind me, my eyes focused on man in red...got him!|
Debbie is my hero. A retired high school teacher, every race she gets in, she's a shoe in at the podium in her age group of 60+. She recently ran See Jane Run 1/2 Marathon in Alameda in June, 1st place in her age group for running 2:01(one of her slowest times in a half marathon). That finish included the stopping point to stretch out calf cramps. In between running, she's an active soccer player, in a rowing team called Dragon Boat. I don't know about you, but I don't know many 60+ year old as active as she is and be able to pull a sub two-hour half marathon. Go Debbie!!!!!