Concord, CA for is on the other side of the SF bay hills which meant it was much hotter. There was a 20 degree difference from one side of the hills to the other (think 60 vs. 80 degrees).
The only other 5K race I have done was a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen in 2006 and was my first road race ever. I think I finished in about 34 minutes and I was so proud of myself for not walking. I remember feeling so accomplished!
Mile 1 - 8:03I took off strong and felt pretty good. I passed little-runner-girl at .3 miles. Phew. At one point I looked at my Garmin and my pace was around 7:55. Way too fast for me. I tried to slow it down a little but was having a hard time. My Garmin beeped for mile 1 at 8:03. That is most certainly the fastest mile I have ever run in my entire life.
Mile 2 - 8:48
Mile 3 - 9:12
Overall Time: 26:42
Avg. Pace: 8:37/mile
Age Group (F20-29): 9/33
After I finished I really thought I was going to vomit, however I managed to keep it all down. Clearly I went out too fast as my pace slowed down considerably, however I was still quite happy with my overall time.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing at the pool with family. The most swimming of my trip involved a bikini and pool float. It was lovely.
Monday morning was a bit dreary but a perfect day for a long run. Usually we just run in my in-law's neighborhood but I wanted to mix it up a bit. A little research and I discovered that Tilden Regional Park was just a short drive away.
The Nimitz Way trail is a 4 mile paved trailed in the park.
Good bye San Francisco. Until we meet again...