After arriving home from my week from hell on Friday, I was determined to get out for a big run. I planned to run 13-16 close to marathon pace on moderate terrain depending on how I was feeling. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not one for training plans and mostly use them as a guideline. If I’m feeling good, I push a little harder, and if I’m feeling fatigued, I tend to pull back. I felt great on Friday.
I’ve had Hawk Hill in my sights for some time now. Climbing almost 800 feet in just over 2 miles, its panoramic vistas of San Francisco and the Marin Headlands are worth the hurt. Despite logging many ascents on two wheels, I decided that Friday would be my first time on two feet, and I went for it after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.
What followed was an amazing run up the single track where I was joined by only camera toting tourists, cyclists and hawks. I practiced pacing for Quad Dipsea and North Face Endurance Challenge by keeping my heart rate low on the climbs, letting loose on the flats, and flying downhill. Overall, I logged 14 in 1:57 with almost 1500′ of elevation gain. It’s a ways from the Quad Dipsea’s ~9300′ over 28 miles, but I was more than happy with the results after a long week of travel.