I was actually a little nervous for this run for a few reasons:
- Distance: I was shooting for 20 miles but was kind of nervous that might not happen. I ran 17 miles last weekend, but was pretty tired at the end… who knows what would happen today.
- Company: Alyssa and Katie are fast. I was hoping I could keep up.
- Course: We were planning on covering 20 miles of the San Francisco Marathon course to get a sneak peek of the race coming up in 5 (!) weeks. I have ran SFM before (full and both halves) so I know it’s tough and knew today’s run wouldn’t be a walk in the park.
Combine all those things and it made for a nervous Aron! I was excited though, I love these 2 girls, love running in SF, and knew I would feel awesome after 20 miles.
After a 5am wake up and 45 minute drive into the city to meet the girl, we were ready.
We had a ton to talk about and definitely noticed it in our pace in the first few miles. Ever notice when you have hot topics to talk about you speeeeed up?! That was definitely the case.
I am planning on doing an SFM preview post soon, so I brought my camera along to document parts of the route. We were all feeling good, fueling as planned and cruising along (and I was keeping up!).
It was a cool morning and as we made our way around the city, the fog came out and I was in runner’s heaven.
We climbed the hills, flew down the downhills, and generally just had a good time. I had a couple waves of “my stomach is pissy” and “I don’t think I can run anymore hills” but these girls pulled me through and we finished our run strong.
20 miles of the SFM course later we were back where we started, all happy, tired and proud of conquering SF!
Such a great day.
20.0 miles/2:53:34/8:40 avg pace
Tomorrow we are having a massive blogger meet up and I am SO excited to see so many old friends and meet some new ones.
It’s definitely going to be a weekend of running and friends… the best kind if you ask me.