- No specific training for this hilly course. During the last three months nearly all my runs have been on tracks. That kind of training is not going to get one far on the streets of San Francisco.
- The course itself is tough. Races like these are often thought of as "hilly in the first half, flat in the second". That's not entirely true. My experience has shown that these are even more difficult (for me!) because your energy and legs are spent by the time you get to that "flat part of the course". It doesn't seem to matter how conservative you are in the beginning miles, you can't underestimate the beating of relentless hills -- often steep, too!
- Third, race size. I don't care how many waves there are or where you are in your wave, in a race this size it's going to be hard to find your groove. Crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge and back is an incredible experience, except at this race everyone is squeezed into one lane of traffic, the metal connector plates are slick, and you are pretty much stuck running with whomever you are next to when you start the bridge. And you are just hoping that no one is walking or stopping to take photos -- but they are.
Final- 26.90 miles, 4:12:17
Mile 7 maybe? Coming off Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin County side
Walkers on GGB
2nd half runners
Post GG Park
You are in the lead
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