Kat and I ran the 2009 Bay to Breakers 12k race today in San Francisco. We have been getting into running lately and are training for the Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon at the end of June. It’s mostly an excuse to get in shape, but its working and to my shock I’ve really been starting to enjoy running.
In any case, we signed up for Bay to Breakers since its a good warm-up for the 13.1 mile half-marathon (at about 7.5miles) and a trip to San Francisco is always fun. We also managed to head up to Napa for the Joseph Phelps party, do some extra tasting at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and attend a Pahlmeyer event at the new “Press Club” tasting room in San Francisco.
The race itself was fun- lots of people wore all kinds of zany costumes (or nothing at all which was frankly just less interesting). The race was hard, since I’m really poor at pacing myself, but it the challenge was fun and I enjoyed pushing myself. The city had unusually hot weather which was pretty tough for the run, but in the end I finished in 1:16:30 (unofficial of course), which felt like a pretty good time for me.
Overall the event felt really well organized, although I wish they had safety pins at the start for my race number. But transportation back downtown was really easy and they had tons of water bottles easily accesible at the finish. The only thing I would have improved would have been more bathrooms at the start- the lines for the few they had were unreasonably long.