I have been plagued with tendinitis in my left foot this summer. This case of tendinitis was not caused by running, but by wearing the wrong shoes to work. No, I didn't wear heels, in fact it was a flatter wedge, probably too flat and not enough arch support or stability. Wearing those wedges for one 8 hour work day has given me a summer of slow running and a lot of walking the dog. Knowing that I needed to keep training for my fall and winter races kept me going. Between the SDTC and Rehab United, I always had someplace to run and someone to run with. I ran up and down the hill at Torrey Pines State Beach, local runners know the one, plus the hills in Del Mar and in my own neighborhood, which made all the difference come race day.
Hubs and I flew up to San Francisco the Friday before the race only to find that BART was on strike and we had to figure out how to get into the city from the Oakland Airport. Luckily for us, someone was looking for people to share the expense of a shuttle van. We ended up sharing the van with six other random people with the same predicament. We all made it to San Francisco with no issues, and the weather was gorgeous.
|From the van going over the Oakland Bridge to San Francisco.|
|Normal and I - Photo op at Union Square|
|The race course over at Nike Town --Pointing at the finish.|
|I'm right there!|
|The husbands. They look so excited to be at a women's event. LOL.|
The next morning hubs and I ate the complimentary breakfast at our hotel, then decided to walk around the Union Square area. We walked past the Expo area and ended up at the Bvlgari building. Hubs wanted to peek inside to look at the architecture, and he even told that to the sales person.
|When you're married to an architect, you get used to photos like this... lots of photos like this.|
|It goes with everything!|
Michelle and I know each other from an on line workout support group on Body for Life California, then another work out site Muscle Tank, our blogs, then Facebook. It's funny that we've never met in person until now. We live in the same state and I know we've been near by our cities several times, but never connected. It was as if we knew each other (in person) the whole time. Michelle camped out on our floor with her sleeping bag and gear, and we had a great time talking about all things running and fitness before attempting to doze off.
|Michelle's accommodations for the night. Photo by Michelle.|
|Cell phone "selfie."|
|I still look sleepy, but Michelle looks ready to go!|
|Almost ready to go - the white t shirt is off!|
|Making our way to the start! Look, it's the crack of dawn!|
My cell phone refused to work properly after I finished, (iPhone - ever since the update I've had issues), so there's no photos with me and the cute firemen in tuxes giving out the Tiffany & Co. blue boxes with white satin ribbons, with the necklace inside.
The weather was fine for running, but after stopping and the sweat cooled my body, I was freezing. I did get a mylar blanket right away, but I was chilled. Hubs finally found me and I was able to put on a warm, long sleeved top.
|Not quite the post race pic I was hoping for, especially with those cute firemen, but I got my bling! I'm happy, freezing, but happy!|
There was Sofia Champagne served in the post race area. It cost extra, but I really wanted some because it's one of the few bubbly wines that I can drink and not have issues. Champagne in little cans is actually pretty good.
|FIt doesn't feel so cold after a little bubbly... Cheers.|
|This was the t-shirt they all wore... LOVED it!|
Are you still with me? I know this is a longish post, but I haven't posted anything since August. I have just a few more thoughts...
I've learned that I need to stay away from drinking any alcoholic beverages at least 2 days before a race. I really don't drink a lot, but pre race rituals are important -- which includes not drinking, and I had a much better race this year. I saved the drinks for after the race, and those two drinks were so much more enjoyable. I've learned that no matter how slow I'm going, I'm still moving. As long as I keep up the training I will never become stagnant. I surprised myself buy doing better than I was anticipating. Never doubt your training. I've learned that after feeling lack luster and less than excited about running, that it will come back and have that "new" feeling again. It felt new at Nike this year, and I feel excited about running again. I've also learned that you can never have too many friends, even if they come from the "internet." I'm often asked if I get worried about meeting people I've only known from workout support sites or blogs. "What if they're creepy?" "How do you know?" I've never had a reason to worry. After a certain amount of time reading their posts you just know, you get certain vibe from a person. I've met several people from workout sites and blogs, and each time it has been great. I really enjoyed meeting with Michelle in person, and I hope we meet again in the near future. I also had fun spending time with Norma who we know from track club. It was nice to see a different side of her. Finally, I've learned that my Hubs made a pretty good Sherpa.
|...and he still likes the window seat.|
Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft
*Pre race ritual - Buy a handmade coffee per our specifications at Starbucks, then put in the fridge or set in an ice bucket for race day morning.