|Looking over Muir Woods towards the Tiburon Peninsula and Mt. Diablo|
|Obligatory self portrait|
Running my favorite stretch again, I yo-yo'd with a couple of 50K runners. My energy level was awesome, and I took the steps fast. I felt like a kid on the playground, and almost got a little sentimental about it being almost over! Fortunately, Insult Hill took care of that problem, interrupting my gleeful descent with just enough of a reality check to get me focused on finishing strong. I cruised back into Stinson Beach at a sub-seven minute pace, and placed 7th overall, 3rd in my age group. My time of 5:25:43 was only 8 minutes off my time through 26.2 at Bizz Johnson, and this course came with 6500' of climbing, so I think I am showing some improvement! I love this stuff.
|I have got to stop my watch! Finishing photo be damned.|
|Bloodied but still feeling strong!|
I cannot say enough good things about Coastal Trail Runs. They put on the Bizz Johnson 50K, which was my ultra debut last year, and this race continued their tradition of stellar organization. The volunteers were extremely supportive, the aid stations were well stocked, the course well-marked, and the weather was awesome. I would have preferred to run the original course, as it had a lollipop loop instead of the long out-and-back, but the course changed paid off in that the runners interacted and supported each other much more than we would have otherwise. I got to see Torrey three times, which probably won't happen in two weeks at the American Canyon 50K. He's way too fast for me!