A run and walk on Bike to Work Day
It was one of those afternoons when I had to either get moving or go to sleep and lose a chunk of my day. Anything moderate would have simply taken me back to a nap, so it was that or dial up the intensity.
On my last run I ran 3.1 miles without taking a walk break. I don’t like having to take walk breaks at all, so I’ve been trying to push farther without stopping to walk. Today I got it into my head that I should push through to 3.5 miles, and somehow I thought the best way to do that would be to go 3.5 miles out and then turn around.
3.5 miles turned out to be right about at the Ferry Building. I thought it would be good to take a picture at whtever point I turned around and post it. It’s one way to keep the run reports from being simply tediouseveryone loves pictures of San Francisco, right?
I went a little past the Ferry Building to take the picture. You can see that I took the picture from the North side of the Ferry Building.
Right in front of the Ferry Building was a table set up by (I assume) the Bicycle Coalition, with chalk marks indicating that it was Bike to Work Day. I rode my bike to the Open Studios Committee meeting this morning, but I don’t think they mean the kind of bike that has a motor and guzzles gasoline. I took the picture and moved on.
Something unusual: out in front of the Ferry Building were two guys who looked to be in their early twenties out trying to get high fives from all the runners. I’ve seen things like this at race finish lines, but seeing this on the Embarcadero at rush hour was a first for me. The second time past them I was walking so I could have asked what they were up to. Maybe their idea of a good time is hanging out by the Ferry Building high-fiving the runners? Well, I don’t have to understand it in order to think it was pretty cool. Whatever the reason, handing out encouragement to strangers is a great thing to do.
The way back home was a lot harder. I may have run the whole way out, but back I walked at least half the way. By the time I got home I was drained, feeling hungry and dehydrated. Clearly I should have gotten more food and water into me before I left. I’m considering starting to bring water with me when I run. It’s a pain to carry, but I think that a bottle of water (and maybe a banana or a ClifBar) would have saved me from bonking as totally as I did.
I may have to revise yesterday’s claim that I could do Bay to Breakers in 90 minutes. If I’d kept my pace up so that my second half was the same or near to the same as my first half, I’d make it. Today’s run was about two-tenths of a mile short of the length of Bay to Breakers, and I completed it in 1:39:10.
If I’d brought water and a snack with me, then maybe I could have kept up a slow 12 minute mile pace the whole way back. A fast walk for me is a 15 minute mile. That’s more than ten minutes difference over three and a half miles. What’s unknown is how much of my fatigue was due to running out of fuel and how much of it was just my lack of conditioning. Whatever disparaging I said yesterday about Hayes Street hill, it’s a lot more hill than I climbed today, and it would slow me down. There’s a reasonable chance I could complete the Bay to Breakers course in under 90 minutes, but it’s pretty far from a sure thing.
Now my legs have a very delightful soreness to them. My quads and calves are actually hot to the touch. If I were smart, I’d probably down some ibuprofen before I go to sleep, but I think I’ll wait and see how I feel in the morning.