Bits of Improvement

June 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

FINALLY, a good day of running! (8 miles at 7:46-ish) I ignored my alarm at 5:30 and slept for another hour and a half, and it took me a while to de-groggify myself. I wonder if the difference was running at 10:30 instead of 7, or running the route I’ve run a hundred times this past year versus the unfamiliar marathon segments.

Last night I walked the last 7.2 miles of the course. It’s amazing how much harder on my legs it was to walk 7 miles instead of running it! Anyway, it was good to know where the uphills and downhills were, to realize how long I’d be running along 16th Street, etc. They aren’t kidding when they say the first half is more scenic—not only is there less pretty water view for the second half, there are a lot of warehouses and highways down that route. It was cool walking along streets that I’d never walked down before, to walk by AT&T Park for the first time in my life (I know)—there was a game that night, so the cheers erupting from the stadium were kind of exhilarating—and to gaze at the Bay Bridge from underneath it. (That’s the 26-mile mark, by the way—0.2 miles to go from there! Also good to know.)

Every evening I find myself excited for my next morning’s run. It’s rather encouraging.

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