There were good and bad things that went down on Saturday.
Let’s start with some of the good:
^Sure, waking up early to get to a 5:45 am run can sound downright horrible to some… but it’s GOOD that I have some awesome running friends from the Running Addicts to keep me accountable 😀
We did a 3.25 mile warm-up, and then went out for the run. I restarted my Garmin after the warm-up… just so I would only think about the segment with some fast peeps as a fresh start (instead of realizing that the first couple of miles were actually the 4th and 5th miles already :P).
Remember how I told you that running with faster people is one of the proven ways to get faster (this is all anecdotal)?
Well, it happened yet again. I only had a certain amount of time before having to head out from the run, so Linh (who takes all these awesome photos) timed and planned out the little route so we got back in perfect time. It was 10+ miles, and though I planned on running at an 8:30 pace… things changed.
Miles 1 and 2 were 9:17 and 8:37. Conversational pace. It was nice.
Miles 3 through 8 were 8:10, 8:08, 8:00, 8:08, 8:06, 8:09. Faster than I planned… not conversational for me. I would muster up an, “Uh huh,” or “Yeah” here and there… but I was mostly just trying to keep up. I told myself, “Okay, after this mile, I’ll slow down and just fall behind………. Okay, after this mile I’ll slow down…….”
And it never happened.
Miles 9 to 10.22 were 7:50, 7:46, and 7:00. Yeah. Zero talking for me… just breathing hellsa hard, haha.
The sun came out during our run and I was off exactly at the time that I needed to leave. Thanks for timing it so perfect, Linh (as well as for these awesome pictures)!!! And hats off to the other RA’s who went on to put on more miles!
I took a shower and headed up to SFSU with Joe. I had yet another test to take to make sure I could stay in my Chem class… it was easy cakes (though I don’t know if I passed… so I may have just jinxed myself).
Here is some more of the GOOD from Saturday. Joe and I went to Dumpling Kitchen to eat!
We got Shanghai style chow mein, pan-friend pork dumplings (super good), and some kind of twice-cooked pork belly with leeks (also super yummy but not pictured).
With full bellies we headed off to Marin to go on a hike (which was all for me because I love hiking. It was supposed to be scenic and have a waterfall). This hike could have been good… except here’s where I let it get BAD. I did not do thorough research and I did not check which trail we are supposed to go on.
Needless to say, we got to be on part of a gorgeous trail… then we went on a crap trail for the majority of the hike. When I say crap trail, I mean there was actually crap (horse crap. It must have been some equestrian trail). I felt HORRIBLE the entire time, especially because the hike ended up being much longer than how I advertised to poor Joe. It was 9 miles (I told him it was around 7 to 8).
It was BAD… well, not all bad. Some of it was really beautiful (all unedited pictures!):
I think this was a portion of the crap trail that looked okay:
But seriously… coming back out of the woods and seeing this was nice:
I will be sure to do more thorough research next time.
Then again, I don’t think I’m allowed to ask him to go on a hike for like five years.
Though much of that hike was BAD, it’s a GOOD thing that Joe was a GOOD sport about it (or was that after I had to treat him like royalty later that day? I can’t remember). All I know is… hiking with a view of the ocean is so darned amazing.
And also… I covered 22.5 miles yesterday and I’m not sore, haha. Or maybe the hike was a good shake-out to the morning run? Who knows!
Anywho, I woke up early again this morning to go volunteer at an aid station:
^Oh, man. I’m so bloated from all the Chinese food from yesterday, haha.
It was GOOD to volunteer and see everyone racing out there. If you are someone who races a lot, but have never volunteered… TRY IT! If you refuse to be a volunteer, then at least be sure to thank the volunteers (or smile or give a thumbs up). Be kind and grateful for their time. These races wouldn’t be possible without them (or it would be possible, but it would cost a lot more to race, considering we’d have to pay people to be out there!).
[Truth be told, many race organizers give incentives to be volunteers, such as discounted/free race entries or gift cards. I need to really be more giving of my time and do it whether there are incentives or not! That is what would truly make it volunteering.]
Tell me something GOOD or BAD (or both) from your weekend so far 🙂