Monday, January 10, 2011

Radiant Race Recap

Waiting for the Ferry in Tiburon, Ca.
A ferry ride that includes a beautiful trail run makes for the perfect day! Being so close to the time of the Maui Marathon, I decided to participate in the PCTR Angel Island Trail  Race 8k as practice for tackling some of the hills that will be on the humid Maui course. It was a sunny day but super cold. The course started on pavement that introduced you to a long stairway going uphill.
Even though Five days a week I climb the stairs to my office on the 9th floor, I still had a
We're on a boat
problem running these wooden gems. Note to self: “Run don’t walk to the 9th floor if I ever want to try and tackle Dipsea!”
The stairs led to a trail that held hills, hills, and more hills. While it was a gradual climb, I was still a bit challenged with my pace being at a 12. At the turn around point at the top, I managed to snap a photo. Then down hill I went. In my head I wanted to fly. Though as I passed other runners also going down the hill as well as those heading in the opposite direction on a single trail,
I found this to be a bit nerve racking and slowed my
pace.
View from the top
Once I got away from everyone, I managed to get my pace down to 5:45 and because it was downhill, it felt like nothing at all…Until I almost ran off the side of the cliff during one of the sharp turns! Talk about an adrenaline rush - Ha - Fun times! I slowed my pace down some -
Perhaps being a bit more cautious and ended the race strong at my 5k pace of 7:20.
My overall time was 52:47 coming in 37th overall out of 150 runners, 8th overall gender, and 5th in my age group. For allowing myself to actually enjoy the course, and not be so competitive, I am very proud of the outcome. It was my first time to Angel Island and I can’t wait to go back.
DailyMile Friend John
The event was very well organized with a fabulous array of eats post race. I was also able to connect with a Dailymiler which is always fun!
Group photo op
This will mark my first official race where I did not get down on myself for my time. I just enjoyed the course and had some fun. I am so proud, really I am. Ah progress, gotta love it! I think everyday should include a ferry ride, beautiful scenery, awesome company, and a challenging trail run!  Wouldn’t you agree?

Found this lil guy cheering on the runners as they passsed

I can never get enough pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge

7 comments:

naomi said...

wow, what a race! i've always been curious about it...didn't know about the stairs! great job, especially with all the hills!

was the raccoon nice? the ones that live by me aren't...

Lucas said...

Sounds like a fun race! Nice pics too :)

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

Hi there! Just found your blog from "Running Injury Free". I grew up in Gilroy, but live in Texas now. Enjoyed seeing the CA pics. I still have lots of friends and some family that live in the area. Great blog! :)

Piegirl said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Good job on enjoying yourself, too :))

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