I am not going to do a big year-end wrap up....mostly because my work isn't done yet - I've got four races and just under four months of training to complete.
I'll just give you a few quotes that sum up my thoughts thus far.....
|Why yes, it does....|
(Bought this in 2012 as an aspiration piece, thank you Colorado Running Company)
|After about a hour and a half of singing!|
|The card the Pumpkin Noodle made for me|
|Day three......still swollen...|
|During the ATR 24-hr race..|
|Peppermint Chocolate, Mexican Hot Cocoa & Gingerbread Fudge|
|(photo taken from my window seat on the way to Boston|
for the Heartbreak Hill Half-Marathon this past June)
|Damp, muddy and still dark at the start/finish.|
|Pre-race, bag checked, feeling a bit chilly (less than 10 minutes to the start).|
|The elevation chart. Three major climbs of about a mile each, |
with one lesser climb, still steep.
|Just about halfway up the first climb.....|
(thank you, race photos, I'm def buying these!)
|Climb #2, looking down|
|Climb #2, looking up|
|Yes, we just kept climbing and climbing, this was #3|
|Part way down the last downhill, I was having a blast, |
although I know it looks like I have my racing face on!
|All done! We finished at almost the exact same time, |
only 1.5 seconds pace per mile different...
|Yes, there was still plenty of mud on the course!|
|Start at the top of Grizzly Peak Blvd, |
into the eucalyptus groves
|The view. Cal is at the V intersection, GG Bridge is upper left and |
the Headlands (race location) are where the right side of the bridge hits land,
just where the clouds touch the hills
|Another section of the SC fire trail|
|Shoes a little muddy, a prelude to tomorrow....|
|Mohammad and his mom at the airport. (photo: San Jose Mercury News)|
|The brothers, Mohammad & Adrian (photo: San Jose Mercury News)|
|Adrian trying to decide.....|
|Just a small inventory of all the cheeses...the chalkboard is almost comprehensive|
|Sunset from the backside of the Cal Berkeley stadium|
|Witter Rugby Field and the road to the Strawberry Canyon pool and trails.|
Moon is the orb of light on the right edge of the sign.
|Easy route through my old neighborhoods|
|With some climbs......|
|Rahmatullah (one of Mohammad's brothers), Mohammad, me & Adrian|
|The max elevation is just over 50 ft....|
I don't know the formula for overall elevation gain, and uh,
not really sure that there is, in fact, an overall gain on this route.
The big loop is exactly the loop I used to run for training.
The path on the far right of the course is basically one big incline,
which I used to run up, but which, gratefully,
we are descending at the end.
Golden Gate Bridge is in the bottom right corner,
San Francisco is just below it.