With Manila To Baguio 250km Race Director - Jovie Narcise after the NB Power Run in November 2008
With a second strong storm hitting the Bay Area on Sunday with heavy rain at times and strong winds, a training run through Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway was accomplished. It was despite falling trees, large puddles of water from clogged drains and people who don't know how to drive in these types of conditions. The loop I ran, or plodded through can be looked at below:
The run started out well as I went through the urban areas in reaching the park. It wasn't until reaching the Great Highway that one started to wonder why anyone would run there on a day like Sunday. It was windy, with the rain going sideways sometimes hitting you directly in the face. However, one kept reminding oneself that training for this is important. Also, there are other runners around the world that are facing even more difficult conditions (like the snow in the Midwest and Northeast!). The weather was actually warm since it's the second of what is called the "Pineapple Express." That is a tropical-type storm coming from the direction of Hawaii.
Returning in Golden Gate Park, I was thinking of an ultra marathon that I was following on social media for the past couple of days. The Philippines had an inaugural event called the Manila To Baguio 250km race. My friend - Jovie Narcise (known as BR and Bald Runner) has race directed a munber of ultra events for awhile now. A total of 20 brave runners reached the starting line a couple of days ago. With the cutoff time being 50 hours, 16 of the 20 runners met the standard. Congratulations to Jovie and his staff along with the 20 runners who participated, their support teams and those that supported the event!
My thoughts switched to my running friends with the Cavite Runners Club (Philippines) who ran over the weekend. I know that Lynne, Eva, Daryll and Raffy were out running their workouts. There may have been others in the group that ran in some racing events such as a 20 miler and the Run For Jeremiah event.
While thinking of this, the training miles were going by more quickly and was almost done with the workout. It was also when the rain and wind was the heaviest. There were parts of the area where I live that had small lakes and am sure the City is out in force trying to clean it up. It took about two and half hours to complete the journey and am glad to have get through it!
After a shower and breakfast, I checked out a few things on social media.
Yesterday was the first PA USATF Ultra event of the season with the Jed Smith 50K in the Sacramento area. It looked like there were 11-12 runners that took part in one of the best ultras in Northern California. Congratulations to the Pamakids on a great showing!
Also, my friend Josam shared with us an ultra he ran in Malibu yesterday. It was called the Sean O' Brien 100K. According to Josam, it has an elevation change (gain/loss) of over 12,600 feet. The weather was good for the ultra runners with cloudy conditions, fog mist in the air and light rain.
So, no excuses! Today was a nice start of things to come.