May 18th, 2009

Running down the road

and.... race!

It was Bay to Breakers yesterday, the annual insanity disguised as a 12k run across San Francisco.  This is the sixth year in a row that I've run it.  About 30,000 people registered, but the counts of how many people were on the course are closer to 65,000.

First, it was seriously hot: 84 degrees at the start line at 8am.  In San Francisco in May.  Um, did someone cause Hell to freeze over and vent the remaining heat in Northern CA?  Crazy.  It was an extra relief to get to the finish because it's on the Great Highway right on the pacific coast, and the breeze off the ocean was awesome.

Second, the much ballyhooed crackdown on booze and nudity seems to have been at least partially successful.  I didn't see any obvious alcohol anywhere on the course (unlike two years ago when I was next to two guys pushing a tapped keg in a baby stroller at the start).   Though I may have gotten a contact high at the top of Hayes Street - whew.   However, I actually saw more naked people this year than last.  In fact, this year I even saw naked people worth seeing naked, and that is a true rarity.

I finished in 1:26:40, which is my fastest time yet for this race.  It felt a little like I ran a 4 mile warm up to a really great 3.4 mile race, there are so many people at the start it's hard to move really quickly and any momentum you have by mile 2 is killed by the Hayes St hill.  Officially I placed 7883rd, which is 2000ish spots higher than last year, even though I only went 40 or seconds faster.  Weird.