The Race for Literacy 8k starts in Balboa park, winds north of the park and then cruises down the 163 into downtown.
Big props to DH who woke up at 6:30 to drive me to the start. He then went back home, crashed for 30min and then picked out a spot on 5th ave (about a 1/3 mile from the finish) to cheer me home.
That's me, in the blue capris.
The race itself was uneventful. I would like to thank the race designer for letting us run 1/4 mile down the 163 ramp. That was an awesome break.
In other news, my nike+ sensor is officially completely screwed up. I've calibrated it three times now and it's still very off. It told me I had gone 6.2km by the end of the 8k. Not cool.
I finished four minutes faster than I had planned, mostly because I couldn't tell how fast I was running due to the malfunctioning nike+. I had to depend on the volunteers at the mile markers to yell out my times. I kinda wish I had dropped another minute - that would have meant I dropped a minute from my mile!
The run through Balboa was beautiful. The flowers were out in force and it smelled like honeysuckle and lime blossoms. Someone needs to make a perfume that smells exactly like that particular combo. Delish!
I'm really glad I had my ipod with me. I amused myself greatly by putting together a new playlist of "running" songs including:
- (It's getting) Hot in Herre - Nelly
- Need Some Air - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
- Closer - NIN
- Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
- (See you at the) Bitter End - Placebo
After the race DH took me out for breakfast at Shakespeare's Pub and I had a massive omelet with (gasp) ham. It was awesome.
The diet resumes tomorrow.