I started my 8-week half marathon training program a few weeks ago and I actually had my first long run on the international national running day! I ran with my running buddy Jenny, who is also running the race with me. The longest I had ever run before this was 6.2 miles and that was over six months ago. I ran 5 miles the week before by myself, and I though I was about to die at the end there because of all the fog and wind! This got me thinking though, San Francisco is pretty foggy during June/July (yea, no summers here! Come back in September). And what if it’s foggy, windy and cold during my race? Shouldn’t I train for that then? I think that sounds like a good idea!
Part of the race is to run across Golden Gate Bridge and we really wanted to give it a test run. It’s probably something every San Francisco resident should do, just to experience it! Anyways, back to our training. I feel like a running distance always seems shorter if you know where you are going and how far so thats the goal of trying out the actual course. Hopefully the actual race will feel easier:) We met up down in the Marina and set off to run the bridge. It was 6pm, super foggy and pretty cold! Ok, here we go. We were supposed to do a 6 mile run that day, but ended up doing a 7 mile run and probably a 3 mile walk after it! Not really knowing where to go running towards the bridge, we had already done a good 4 miles when we started on the climb up. I was actually feeling pretty good at this point and I could tell the difference of running with someone! We had a steady pace and I think the fog and cold actually made my circulation better or at least it felt like my muscles were more relaxed. Golden Gate bridge is around 1.7 miles each way so by the time we came back, 7 miles had passed. I was surprised that the bridge wasn’t steeper going over. I remember I biked over to Sausalito a few years ago and it seemed like it was ALL uphill! However it was very windy and I totally felt like a badass for killing it in the windy fog.
We started to walk back and by the time we were back in the Marina (3-4 miles more), I was about to die again! I felt like an old lady because I was hurting in my knees, hips and incredibly hungry! My goal for the next few runs is to figure out the food before, during and after in order to improve:)
All in all, proud to have climbed the bridge in all it’s foggy and windy glory! And to have completed 7 miles! What is on your bucket list for running location/distances?