I had been dreaming all night of running.  I dreamt that I had sandals on my feet, that I had to use a filthy port-a-potty, that everyone took off without me.  The same dream I have every year before school starts:  I have no classroom key, no students, etc.

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Today would be the first day that I run a 12K.  Lisa, from Nebraska was here for the weekend.  We got up at *Oh-Dark-Hundred* (5am) and drove to San Francisco.  Found parking, found the shuttle bus to take us across the Golden Gate bridge to Marin.

Finally, the time was upon us.  With the countdown, we sloped downhill.  I thought.  This is so easy!  Then on the first turn, a windy road that reminded me of Hearst Castle.  Up, up, up to the top of the hill.  It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. 

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When we got to the top and on the Golden Gate, PROUD came on my playlist.  It played as I watched the sea of heads in front of me, and I swear, it was the easiest run I had ever done.  I was flying, or so I thought.  I felt amazing, and with the music to guide me, took the GG bridge by storm.  I said a silent prayer for all the people who felt they needed to end their lives there.  I saw the emergency crisis counseling phone.  I said a quiet blessing.

We raced downhill, and I felt amazing.  All was well until mile 6.  I hit the wall.  It took every ounce of strength I had to finish the race.  I do have a strong kick at the end, and passed Lisa by one person.  I couldn’t help it…We had fun teasing each other about it…

I like the 5K.  12K is way too much K for me.

But, I will bet I’ll do it again…

Date: 3/16/2008 9:00 AM
Type: Race
Course: Emerald Across The Bay 12K
Distance: 7.45 miles
Duration: 1:24:49
Pace: 11:24 / mile
Shoe: Asics
Weight: 🙂
Misc: Quality: 5/10, Effort: 7/10
Field Placement: 2111 / 2934 (71.9%)
Age group: 8 – 80
Group Placement: 86 / 153 (56.2%)
Weather: 50° F, Sunny, Windy
Event URL: www.rhodyco.com/across12k.html
Notes: Up the hill to the Golden Gate Bridge was brutal. The bridge itself was where I found my stride, plus the mile or so afterward. When I hit mile 6 & 7, I was toast. I think I like a 5K better, but we had a great time. Lisa, from Nebraska came with me.
Statistics: Calories: 997
VO2 Max: 26.9

(Official stats on my widget to the right of the page)

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3 thoughts on “Proud

  1. I am so proud of you for finishing the run. The sense of accomplishment is why you run!

  2. Great job!! You finished even though you hit the wall!! Love the picture of the bridge, it’s helped make up my mind to run the SF marathon.

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