While Jesse was busying crushing Vineman Monte Rio (full recap up tomorrow), I set out to complete my own feat of endurance: the 16 mile-run. To me, 16 miles is the last long run before marathon training really becomes ridiculous. After Jamie came down with the flu, I set out for the run solo on Sunday morning. Instead of the course previous like we had planned to run together, I ran a portion of the race and ran back home. I started out around 8:15am to take advantage of the gorgeous morning light and sparsely populated tourist favorites.
While the day heated up to over 80 degrees, Karl the Fog lingered around the bridge and the middle of the bay while the rest of the area experienced sunny skies and heat. I decided to run down Marina Green to Chrissy Field, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and down Baker Beach to Land’s End. I ran into fellow TSFM Ambassador Lisa, who spotted me in my orange ambassador shirt!
The run went well for the most part. I didn’t feel as strong as I did for last week’s 15, but the increased elevation gain was probably partially responsible.
As I ran back down Marina Green, hoards of tourists and locals had taken over the path, making it look more like a nightmarish Fourth of July scene instead of a random Sunday. I definitely struggled a bit and felt some muscle tightness towards the end of the run, but I managed to maintain a steady pace.
I averaged just over 10 minute miles, which is perfectly acceptable for my long, slow run.
Next stop: 17 miles!