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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

So, this last Sunday I ran in the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco. As described, it is a 12k run from the Embarcadero at the base of the bay bridge to the North Beach part of Ocean Beach. I ran with my regular running partner my Cuz Jodi and newcomer to my circle but not to running Miss Adrian. The night before the event was storming and the weather reports were calling for thunderstorms around the time of the run. Both running partners were still in. As usual the anticipation kept me up and I only got 4 ½ of sleep. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. before my 5:00 alarm. We got to BART on time for the first train at 6:15. On Bart both ladies were not happy about the forecast and I assured them it was not going to rain. We got to the City and headed to our corral (D) out of A-H the 11-12 min mile pace. Our goal was 2 hours. That included the bonus 3k along the beach for a total of 15k. As per tradition the tortilla shells were flying through the air, but I only got nailed on the back of the neck with a wet slimy tortilla once. As promised by me it was not raining and by the start of the run and for the remainder of the run the Sun graced us with its presence. Again as per tradition the was plenty of alcohol ( again I have been sober 2 years) but that did not bother me although I was intent on finishing before them. According to my running mates they counted 26 naked men and I counted 2 naked women. The run itself was beautiful, through the City and Golden gate park. We finished at 2:00:06 but that counted the time we stopped at the extra distance turn around to offload rain clothes to Adrian’s husband Tim. It was a great run and I broke personal best thresholds for best 1k,5k and 10k. The event was well organized and put on, I’m sure challenging to accommodate 40 runners. If your looking for a fun destination run or are local I recommend adding this one to the must do once list. Happy Trails, – Shawn

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