Bay to Breakers is really it’s own special San Francisco tradition. Some fun facts about this race (from Wikipedia – how’s that for citing my sources, Mrs. Baldwin?!):
- It is the longest consecutively run footrace in the world
- The complete course is 7.47 miles or 12.01 km long – literally running from the Bay to the breakers at along The Great Hwy
- About 40,000 people ran it this year
- It was started as a way to lift spirits after the disastrous 1906 earthquake
The race started at 8am. I woke up and 6am, drank my usual Beet Elite mixed with Amino energy & ate a package of Honey Stinger Protein gummies, got dressed in my running stuff and took Bennie for a walk at around 6:30. By the time I was done walking, my stomach was growling. I had eaten an early dinner the night before, so I had a banana. I took an Uber as close to my corral as I could get and then jumped out to walk.
I had brought my tortillas with me and started handing them out to people. You guys, I tried looking up where the tortilla thing came from. The only explanation is that throwing the tortillas is like hitting around beach balls at a rock concert. Seriously?! There is no better answer than this? Still, it is fun. I stood with two guys in my corral who were supposed to be there with their friends, but their friends had drank too much the night before. We all got hit with tortillas multiple times haha! I told them I am going to have PTSD tonight when I go to bed thinking about getting smacked with tortillas.
They let the elite corral go, which was right in front of us – and then our turn. I was a little nervous I would slip on a tortilla, but it was ok and no one jostled too much. After a while we all spread out. Then the naked people started showing up. The rules go – to be on course, you must have a valid bib. That’s it. I saw a few naked people, lots of men wearing the Borat monokini, and tons of crazy costumes.
The Hayes Street hill came up pretty quick. I knew it would be tough for me, since I am just getting back into running, let alone train hills.
I tried not to get down on myself for feeling like it was tough and just keep shuffling! Eyes at the top of the hill and one foot in front of the other. With just coming back from an injury, there is definitely a going to be a period of getting my fitness back. Luckily, there were lots of house parties along the street to keep everyone distracted. A very inebriated man proposed to me at this point. The hill is .69 miles long and part of it has an 11% grade!! #gross
But – what goes up, should – theoretically – come down. And down we went – through Golden Gate park and out to the breakers. I just ran at a pace that felt good. I didn’t want to overthink this race too much, since I wasn’t there to race it. Run easy and just have fun.
The finish line festival was really nice. They had lots of freebies and a big coffee truck. I thought it would be freezing at the Great Highway, where the course finishes. But it was beautiful weather. I shouldn’t have worn long sleeves. Thankfully it wasn’t too long a race.
I finished in 1:00:12 with and 8:00 min/mile average. The Hayes Street hill slowed me down quite a bit, but I had some good speed in there around that.
It was really nice that they had these compression boots for runners at the end! All races should do this.
I thought the medals were really cute this year
I took a Lyft home from the race and John had coffee ready and Bennie took full charge of the resting for the day after that.
He takes his rest seriously.