The night before the race, I not-so-smartly fueled with the fancy cheese and bread birthday gift Kevin had sent from Zingerman's in Ann Arbor. Although we intended to go out for dinner, we ate a little too much and ended up making this our 'dinner.' We opened a fantastic bottle of 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Chimney Rock that we'd been saving, and also finished the evening with Sprinkles cupcakes. Yum! I can't say my stomach felt great the next morning and I felt really icky around miles 3-4, but it subsided. Thank goodness.
The half started at a lovely 9 am, meaning no super early morning driving to get to Berkeley. Layla, Kristen, Sophia, and Kevin came to run the half too - thanks all for celebrating with me! The weather was warmer than expected but not bad, and much of the trail was single track which I love. ITR took a few great photos, which they post in Picasa albums for runners to download for free. Trail companies rock when it comes to bang for your buck.
The course may have had a lot of climbing, but the views at the top were the reward. We could see the bay, SF, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Sophia and I started together, then we found Kristen a bit later and enjoyed the trails together. I was out to enjoy the run more than to race, so we took a few photos and stopped by the aid stations. My big new discovery: brown sugar cinnamon frosted Pop Tarts are great mid-race food. Add that to Cheez-Its as something I can stomach when running!
East Bay view point with Sophia. (Photo from Sophia)
Downhill fun. Love tree covered trail!
SF viewpoint with Kristen and Sophia. (photo from Kristen)
Kristen on the last big climb. I swear it looks less steep in this photo. (Photo from Sophia)
Kristen and I finishing, final time was 3:04:23. (Photo from Layla)
After the race we enjoyed cupcakes and then headed to Pyramid Ale House for lunch. Seriously, there is nothing like a good turkey burger and a beer after a tough run.
Pyramid Ale House group. (Photo from Kristen)
Thanks again to everyone for coming out and for making my birthday awesome!