Can it be?!? I actually ran a race! In fact, I have never run in more than two non-relay races in any year since high school. But I've just run my second race of 2007 and my third will be next weekend!
With River to River coming up I thought it might be a good idea to get the feeling of racing back in my legs, so early this week I started looking for a weekend 10k. Turns out that Easter weekend is not a popular one for holding races. But I did find a group in San Francisco called the Dolphin South End Runners that holds low-key races in San Francisco every Sunday for just $5, which is about half the cost of gas for a round trip to the city. This week they had a "Rollercoaster 5k". So even though it wasn't a 10k I tried it out.
Turns out they didn't call it a rollercoaster for nothing. Here is a course map. Turn on the elevation chart. See that sharp dip and rise back up in the middle? That is one city block of pure steep hill (the turnaround was right at the bottom of the hill). I led the race from the start until just after getting back up that steep hill; the guy chasing me probably made up lots of ground because I lost my form on the downhill (as a result of fatigue from the previous uphill), and then went by me shortly after the climb back up. I kept him in sight but never was able to challenge for the lead; he wound up beating me by 12 seconds. Considering the steepness of the hills I'm pretty happy with my time of 18:11.
So it was good practice for the hilly terrain of Little Egypt, and a lot of fun, lots of cool people there. I'm definitely showing up for their 10k in Golden Gate Park next weekend.
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