Pacifica Preview (and Bay Breeze wk 3)

Tomorrow is race day! Kind of. It’s the Pacifica Trail Half-Marathon.

I’m REALLY excited about running in Pacifica, I’ve wanted to run there for ages. Pacifica is a little town next to the ocean just south of San Francisco and they have some amazing hills there. I was at a park there this week and got a glimpse of the aforementioned hills and I kind of quaked inside – they are bigger than I anticipated.

View from the playground. I believe I am running up there tomorrow.
I believe I am running up there tomorrow.

If I’m honest, I’d like a time of roughly 2.30 but the course is hard (up a mountain, down a mountain, up another mountain and back down) so I have no idea if this is achievable or not.  My basic plan is just to run the race for fun, to explore, to check out new trails, to get some good photos and to come away happy, buzzing and uninjured!

This is what this week’s training looked like:

Friday: 12 hilly miles.

Saturday: 2.5 miles easy hiking in the drizzle.

Sunday: 2.5 easy miles

This was supposed to be 4 miles of family running – the Husband and I running, the Dude cycling. However it was the Dude’s first opportunity to ride into a headwind. It turns out he’s not a fan of headwind cycling and all kinds of dramas ensued, so I had to cut it short. On the way back, it became apparent he IS a fan of tailwinds!

Monday: 4 interval miles fuelled by Disney

Tuesday: 2 miles treadmill walking

Wednesday: 6 mile tempo run

A good run. Same structure as last week (M1 Warm-Up, M2,3,4 – tempo, M5 recovery, M6 – tempo) and my tempo miles averaged 8.12. Really delighted with this!!

No yoga this week – the Husband has been away so I filled my Wednesday night with friends, soup, dessert and wine.

Thursday: 4 miles easy cycling with the Dude

So that’s it for the week. Bay Breeze is 3 weeks away. So far, so good. Unless I twist my ankle again! I have a feeling that next week is New Running Shoes week, which I love and dread in equal measure. We’ll see.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    Have a great race in Pacifica!

  2. OK, that looks like it’s going to be a hard one. I think you have the best strategy in mind for those hills: just have fun! And hiking hills is a great time to take pictures, I have found.

    And you won the raffle from Mitchell’s Place donation! Send me your address, so I can get it to you ASAP!

    1. Cathryn says:

      yay, I love winning things! Thank you.

  3. Brianna says:

    Good luck tomorrow! Bummed I can’t be there to cheer you on (work….sigh). I can’t wait to read the recap.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you! It occurred to me today I should ask if you’ve run the trails!!! Late, eh? Any handy hints?

      1. Brianna says:

        I haven’t run them, but I have hiked Valley View, Hazelnut, and parts of Montara Mountain in the past, which I believe are all part of the race. It’s been a while so I don’t remember a lot of detail, but I do know they are each different so there will be a mix of type of trails. Overall I think it will be a doable challenge. I know you will have a great time and see some great views.

      2. Cathryn says:

        It was SO beautiful! Spoiler alert…I DNFd due to my horrible ankle but I LOVED it up there!!

      3. Brianna says:

        Oh no! I hope you heal soon.

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