In the last mile of Sunday's Waterfront 5K.
Before sharing the Waterfront 5K and 10 Mile race, as always, congratulations to those running and racing over the weekend.
Among the races I followed on social media were the H.U.R.T. 100 miler in Hawaii, the Takbo.ph 10 and 20 miler and the first Rizal 360* 60 kilometer. The last two races were in the Philippines. The two events went on despite the fact that the Pope was in the Philippines and that there was a major tropical storm that weekend. There was also a trail race in the Santa Fe 18K (Philippines) and the Hong Kong 100 Miler.
Last Sunday ended up being a bonus race for me. Because of our work hours being cut back, I had a chance to travel to Brisbane and Sierra Point Parkway for the Waterfront 5K and 10 Miler. Several years ago, this race was moved from the San Francisco waterfront because of construction and traffic. Though some people liked the old course, living in the city, like I do, going to a run on the Bay Trail with no vehicles is a welcome venue! Also, the Dolphin South End fun runs are always fun for me. It's always good to see runners that share some great running stories like the ones I heard yesterday.
Speaking of firsts, it would be the first time I would be running the Waterfront 5K after doing the Waterfront 10 for two straight years. The previous week, I participated in the Fort Mason 5K for the second time and the first race of 2015. Finishing the event was okay but during the weekend, during workouts, I was wondering if the fire of competing was still there.
In the first mile of the Waterfront 5K.
Well, things were better on Sunday. The start was very slow. It got to the point after about 400 meters, a little kid with a blue shirt kept getting into my running path. It was a little annoying because his parents were right next to him and were doing absolutely nothing. I decided to go onto the grass to pass the family because they were too slow. I blame it on myself because I shouldn't have been that far back to begin with.
Along with Bill Hamilton, Bill McCarty, Paul Mosel and Mark Pritchard. Mark ran the 10 miler while the rest of us did the 5K.
The 5K course is an out-and-back trail course with several turns and mostly flat except for a couple of bumps. Most of the course is pavement but there's some dirt. Always to the left side going out and to the right side coming back is San Francisco Bay. Sunday was a different weather day than the previous two trips to Brisbane. It was foggy and damp but good for the runners when you were running. Otherwise, it was cold and damp when standing around!
The first mile was very slow again in 9:55 and reaching the 1.55 mile mark was a little better in 14:50. Figuring it out, I knew that breaking 30 minutes was not only a vow to my friends outside the United States but would be a lock.
However, as I reached the two mile mark, I got one of the nastiest side stitches ever. It slowed me to a walk three times. Yet, I was determined when reaching the final turn (see photo above and going the other way).
The last 300-plus yards is a straight-away and you can see the clock and finish. The stitch finally subsided and was able to stride it in. Despite the walking, finishing in 28:54 (14:04 second half) was satisfying. However, there's still a lot of work to do with the KP 5K, a running club sponsored race in two weeks. I have goals in mind (better than the results from the last two races) so this week's training is important.
Next race: DSE Rainbow Falls 5K on Sunday, January 25. It's one of my favorite park runs. Also, thank you to Diane, Paul and Johnny for the photos.