I ran the 2017 Bridge to Bridge 12k this past Sunday. It was the 41st running and there was also a 5k available. This was my first time racing in San Francisco since John and I moved in together, so that I meant I actually had to drive and park instead of just taking a Lyft from his San Francisco apartment.
The race started at 8am, so it wasn’t bad at all. At 5:30am, I had an english muffin with peanut butter and banana, and coffee with 2% milk and Vital Proteins. After walking Bennie The Dog, I headed into the city around 6:00am.
I went in a bit early because I had 3 miles to run before the race. Parking was easy – I just paid to park in a garage. Then I went down to the plaza across from the Bay Bridge were they had big pick up and gear check. I had registered for the race in time for my bib to be mailed to me, but I stowed my jacket with the gear check folks.
We got an amazing sunrise. The event was sponsored by Oral B floss haha.
I ran a mile and a half down the Embarcadero and turn around and ran a mile and a half back to the start line.
The course was very pretty – it runs along the Embarcadero, through Ghiradeli square, up and over a very steep hill into Fort Mason, then down to Chrissy field. From there, you run all the way to the Golden gate, then turn around and run back to Chrissy field where it ends.
It started off nice and cool, but warmed up right away (warm for San Francisco). As my goal was to keep an easy effort, I stayed back from the very front and let myself settle in. Around mile 3 it dawned on me that I should probably start all my races out with the mindset of an easy effort to begin haha!
I made myself stay easy throughout the course, which took a lot of self control! I am glad I did though. There weren’t many spectators until the very end. The course took an abrupt turn from the Embarcadero onto Chrissy field, and there was a finishers chute that was lined with spectators. If you had family there, they provided buses from the start to the finish for spectators which was great.
I cannot express to you how much I wanted to stay at the finisher’s party thingy and eat donuts and drink chocolate milk instead of doing my cool down run. I considered doing my cool down run 1 mile out and turn and around and come back to the party, but decided instead to run 2 miles to my gym so I could get a smoothie.
Longest 18 minutes of the entire day haha!
Banana, peanut butter, dates and vanilla protein. Delicious.
If you had done Bay to Breakers, The San Francisco marathon (I did the half and any distance counts), The Giant Race, and Bridge to Bridge, you go the San Francisco originals medal. It was definitely largely why I wanted to do this race. Plus running alone gets well, lonely, so I like doing races as part of training runs to keep things interesting.