Tomorrow (Saturday) is the Angel Island 10-miler (aka Ayala Cove). I’m really looking forward to it. We all have to get a ferry together from Tiburon over to the island, kind of like a school trip for runners. And I’m going to be joined by my friend Louise who is running her first ever race. She’s never run a race before and she’s chosen a hilly trail race on an island. She’ll either love it or hate it. I think she’ll love it.
The elevation is fairly tough…
My own goals for the race are as follows:
- Have some fun. I’m not ‘racing’ this. I’m doing it to explore new trails, run in new places and take some great photos.
- Run it well. Despite my first goal, I still want to run this well . I don’t want to dawdle, I want to run as much of the hills as I can and push the downhills, without twisting my ankle.
- My very unofficial goal time is 1 hr 50 but that was chosen quite arbitrarily and frankly, if I ran it in two hours (or even more) and had fun, I’d be happy!
This week’s running has been mainly about practicing trails and practicing hills.
Saturday: 10.4 miles on San Bruno Mountain at 13.01 pace.
(Is it really sad that every time I looked down and saw my blue skirt swishing, I felt like a slower, non-Swedish Emelie Forsberg??)
My quads were absolute agony on Sunday from that rocky descent so I ditched my usual easy three miler and sat by the pool reading a book.
Monday: 6.6 hill repeat miles
My quads were still very painful and quivery on the stairs, but I knew they’d be okay for running so I headed to a local park to do hill repeats. I ran up, across the top, down some stairs and down the gentle descent back to the start. Each lap was roughly 0.5 miles and I did it 10 times in the surprisingly hot sunshine. Ended with a loop of the hill at the end. 6.6 miles in 1 hr 04 at 9.40 pace. Felt good, apart from the shaky quads on the way down the stairs.
Wednesday: 7.2 trail miles
Back to Edgewood for 7 miles, packing in as many long, steady ascents as I could do. I am starting to really love this park – it’s quite small but by doing different loops you can get decent mileage. The hills are runnable yet challenging.The trails are well maintained. Best of all, it’s busy with hikers (so I feel safe) and doesn’t scream MOUNTAIN LION HABITAT, even though I’m wary!
– Yoga in the evening to stretch those poor legs. I actually think I’m getting worse at yoga!
I chose to have two rest days on Thursday and Friday to rest my legs and get them fresh for Saturday.
And finally…on Sunday, it’s the London Marathon, which this year is going to be an absolute corker if you follow professional running (which I don’t, if I’m honest). Mo Farrah, the UK’s running hero, is running his first marathon and the UK general public pretty much expects him to win it. It’s unlikely, bearing in mind he’s up against the absolute cream of marathon running, but it should be amazing to watch!
And that’s it. Happy Weekend, everyone!