|Jan. 1st, 2012 02:10 pm Running start to the year|
This New Year's Eve, I decided I wasn't up for going to any parties. (Though boyziggy and I did enjoy watching fireworks from our rooftop.) So when I saw that my running club was having a 5K race on New Year's Day, I decided to go for it. I'm so glad I did!
I jogged about 2 1/2 miles to the starting line at Crissy Field. The weather was sunny but windy, and 50 degrees or so. I wore long pants and gloves, and kept my jacket on the whole time. We got a bit of a late start, but had a good-sized crowd. I enjoyed the fog-free view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and spotted several interesting birds, including pelicans and a vulture, along with egrets and cormorants.
Being already a bit tired from the jog over and running into a strong headwind, I knew I wouldn't be getting a great finishing time as I crossed the first mile marker in 12:24. A little girl (in the corner of the photo above) and her (I assume) mother kept pace with me for much of the race. The girl was whining quite a lot, and her mother was encouraging her gently but firmly. They passed me several times, but I stayed ahead in the last mile.
We ran out to Hopper's Hands at Fort Point, where I watched the waves crashing over the rocks, then back to Crissy Field. boyziggy came out to join me at the finish line and took several photos. Unofficial finish time: 36:35, for a pace of 11:48/mile. (I made up a lot of time in the second half of the race, when the wind was at my back.) I caught my breath, grabbed a few orange slices and pretzels, then we walked home, stopping at the Fort Mason farmers market along the way. (Yay for the market being open on New Year's!)
Looking forward to competing in more DSE and other races this year!