If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Binks signed us up for the annual Bay 2 Breakers 12K. This year was especially special because it was the 100-year anniversary. Pretty crazy huh?
The only other race I’ve participated in was a 5K. I walked/ran it. We had every intention of walking this as we had not properly trained to walk/run or run it. We also had every intention of sticking together, because with a sold-out 50K participant race, you will quite easily lose one another in this massive event.
Now, the 12K amounts to about 7.5 miles. I wasn’t worried about that. Binks and I walk about 8 miles per day on a vacation just touring a city. We’re insane like that. But, San Fran is not just any other city. If you have climbed any of its streets, you know what I mean. I was winded after one.
So, when I heard/read that the B2B has a 11.5 grade incline known as the dreaded Hayes Hill, I was worried. Real worried. I can walk but after my experience with San Fran hills, I was shaking.
Despite my worrying, we started.
It was a beautiful day too. I enjoyed the weather. I enjoyed the scenery.
I enjoyed the costumes.
I enjoyed the lack of costumes.
Mind you, I was warned/aware of the nudity. But, I never got used to it. All I could think about was chaffing, sweating and odor. No one said my thoughts had to make sense. It kept me entertained.
Which is exactly what I needed to conquer the Hayes Hill Beast.
This picture does not do it justice. After you walk for 2.5 miles, there are 5 blocks of hills. One right after the other. So, me, being me, climbed one hill right after another. And, before I knew it, it was done! I can tell you that it was a proud moment for me. :)
Finally – the finish line. And quite well for my standards. I don’t run and have never walked a 12K. I didn’t practice all that much for this 12K (meaning the days before, I walked about 2-3 miles a day with my dog). I maintained a 3 mph pace and was done in less than 3 hours. I was quite pleased.
Although this finish line is a bit of a farce for me as a walker because you do have to walk about another 2 miles to get to the vendors and collect the medal. So….I paced and timed and measured myself. All in all – that day, I walked 9.9 miles.
It was a glorious day.
Afterwards, I went back to my hotel, showered, packed up and headed out for the road trip.
But, not without food. We stopped for sandwiches just after getting out of San Francisco. We found a local place in Pacifica called Colombo’s Delicatessen.
Binks had the Sicilian, which consisted of italian sausage and ricotta cheese.
The peppers made this sandwich. Yes, that is my bite of HIS sandwich. I believe in sharing.
I had the chicken Parmesan sandwich. I usually don’t order this but it was their special for the day and I had to try.
Can I say saucy-licious?!
The best part was the bread. This family owned and operated shop bakes their own delicious soft bread. It made all the difference.
Although, I didn’t know it was going to be so huge so we saved the other half for later.
And, then we were off down the coast with nothing but blue skies.
What’s the craziest/longest/most challenging race you have completed? Why was it so crazy/challenging for you? How did you feel after? How did you prep (physically and mentally for the race)?