The first running event of the year - the San Juan Bautista Mission 10 mile run. This starts at the very decent time of 10am on Saturday morning Feb 7, 2004. No getting up in the middle of the night for this one!
I hoped to do about 80 minutes, so I was pleased to do 80mins 37seconds (8.04 pace). Back in October I was doing 7.30 to 7.40 pace (Providian, Big Sur and Santa Barbara). However I haven't been training a lot in the last couple of months, so I was happy with this result. 90th Overall.
My Adobe buddy Jim also ran. Jim did an amazing 68min 05seconds - 19th overall. An awesome achievement and about 2 minutes better than his time last year. Well Done Jim
Dennis and Terri came down to cheer me on - and of course to have lunch with us and Jim's family. Dennis is recovering from a motor accident in December and has been grounded by the doctor from running due to tendonitis in his ankle. Get Well Soon, Dennis. Thanks for coming to the event.
Photos from the event
And coming up ...
Trip to Hawaii for 30th Wedding Anniversary in March. We've noticed that lots of people like to give advice about where to go in Hawaii. So, if you'd like to email and suggest someplace - fire away.
And after that we've got some marathoning to do, a trip to Scotland and our summer vacation at Glacier National Park, Montana. So lots of fun things planned.
On Saturday Jan 31, Ali and I went for a walk in San Francisco. We had to go the city to get my kilt which was being altered. It was waist 36 inches, and I had to have it reduced to 31!
Anyway, after we had recovered the kilt, we went for a walk to let Ali see where I had run in the US Half Marathon in October 2003. We walked over the Golden Gate Bridge and back. There's no doubt, Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. It's more than a bridge - it's an icon of the United States.
Running across Golden Gate Bridge and back in the US Half Marathon was an unforgettable experience - as well as very demanding. The route up and down hills in the Presidio leading onto the bridge were tough. The path under the bridge on the North Shore was truly brutal. I managed 1hr 52min - I'll do better in 2004.
Photos from the walk.
Photos from the Marathon.