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The North Face® Endurance Challenge presented by GORE-TEX™ Half Marathon recap.

jon, greg and i got up way too early on sunday morning to go run around the golden gate national recreation area in very, very, very cold (for california) weather.

this race was pretty big for me, as it was the first event since i got doored on my bike and was completely sidelined for 2 months. i felt great starting out, even ran most of the way up the first hill!

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note: the elevation chart is stretched for time, each white line represents a mile so you can’t really see how steep those bastards were…

let’s talk about the hills in this race: there are three hills and they’re pretty freaking big. you’ve done around 2200 ft. of elevation gain after climbing them all and the down slope of the second hill is basically too steep and gravelly to run safely, it’s more of a stutter-step-shuffle-scramble-slide thing all the way down.

it was while going up that second hill that i realized there was no shame in taking walk breaks on these tiny mountains, otherwise i’d burn out so fast i’d tack an extra hour on to my finish time. every time you crest one of those horrible hills, you’re rewarded with a new, stunning view of northern california, from the farallons and napa, to oakland and the peninsula. loads of people were stopping to take pictures, you can find some by searching instagram and twitter for #ecschampionship.

i surprised myself and finished in 2:19:21, about 10 minutes ahead of what i was hoping for. the race was very well organized, had a good vibe all around and i will definitely sign up (and train WAY harder) for it next year.

bonus: the shirt graphic is probably the best-looking one i’ve gotten so far:

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ouch

the plan called for 12 but i managed to pull off 11 miles on saturday. my mantra through the last 5 miles or so was “SUFFER. IN. SILENCE.”

today i found out i might not even get to do the the The North Face™ Endurance Challenge® half marathon due to a rescheduled work trip, LAME. my boss isn’t happy about that either, so we’ll see how things develop…

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go more fartherer

since i’m just getting back on my feet after breaking my left hand, dislocating my right shoulder and fracturing my right scapula, i’ve been taking it real easy on my runs and mostly going out with my wife and kid (in BOB stroller).

last week, however, it occurred to me that i am signed up for the The North Face™ Endurance Challenge® half marathon in december and if i want to finish that in fewer than four hours, i should probably be working in some longer runs…

thor (in BOB stroller) doesn’t have much patience beyond two or three miles and usually needs a break at a cool park or something in the middle. so saturday we went up the hill to lake temescal and steph and thor played at the park there while i zig-zagged a couple more miles around the lake and environs.

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thor was mad that we left the park ahead of his schedule, but on the way down steph and i got to see an epic sunset (the most epic sunset i’ve ever seen on that run) while thor regarded the entire scene with bemusement from his BOB stroller.

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SF in the distance, the iphone camera does it no justice…

steph and thor stopped back at our apartment and i tacked on a couple more miles to bring it up to a little over seven miles completed. good saturday night!

 

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