Wow! I have not blogged in a long time! No way I can go back and catch up, so we are just going to start with today.
Pete and I did the North Face Endurance Race today, in the Marin Headlands. It has been close to 2 years since I have run more than 10 miles. I spent a good portion of the last 21 months battling one injury after another. I have been in a pretty good place the last few months, but admittedly I have only been running twice a week, while doing Crossfit 4 days a week. I knew this was a hilly race, so ran the IBM hill once a week (a 7 mile run for me) and a 10 mile run the other run day. A few days before the race I looked up the elevation map and saw this:
Damn. Hillier than I was expecting. Nothing I could do about it that late. This morning was a disaster. Getting dressed and I could not find my flipbelt (which holds my phone, which I use for music, plus I wanted to take pictures. 4:30 this morning I was tearing the house apart. No luck. So I went to get my old arm band, but realized I had lent it to Joey to use. I woke him up to find it (cruel, I know) but he could not. Ugh!! I could live without the music, but really wanted to be able to take pictures. I decided I would just hold it in my hand. I didn't want to carry two things so decided to skip the water bottle since there were 3 water stations on the route.
Hill number 2 was the spirit breaker. It kept going and going. There were many turns, so I would think I was at the top, then I would turn a corner and see more. Parts were so steep that almost everyone was walking, including me--my running pace wasn't any faster anyway! A third of the way from the top I started with a horrendous side ache. It hurt so bad I was envisioning my appendix exploding, and being stuck on this damn mountain without a way down.
The finish area was great. Good snacks (Pete brought me a cup filled with potato chips and skittles. Best post run snack ever!) There was a beer garden with Sierra Nevada, one free for every runner. I actually don't like beer so Pete was happy to drink mine.
By far the most difficult race I have done. But I want to do it again. The views were amazing. The pictures above don't do it justice. It was a very nice, well run race. And I know I can do better. Pete says no way will he do the half again. I bet he will change his mind though.
Thanks North Face!
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