Race #52: Brazen Almost New Year’s Half Marathon

We said we’d finish the running with a bang, and we picked quite the race! A half-marathon that had a bonus 0.3 miles (so, a total of 13.4 miles or 21.6 kilometers), and around 2,000 ft (or 610 meters) of climbing.

That's it! Done running for the year, and feeling pretty good about it...
That’s it! Done running for the year, and feeling pretty good about it…

The race was at the Lake Chabot Regional Park, and was a counter-clockwise loop of the lake with a long detour through some of the most beautiful woods in Bay Area. It’s such a gorgeous run that the first few climbs — maybe even including the 600 feet in the third mile — didn’t hurt. I can’t quite say the same for the undulating terrain after the 10-mile mark: by then, my thighs were telling me they’d had enough climbing for one day!

Why does she always beat me? Crossing the line after a tough 13.4 miles
Why does she always beat me? Crossing the line after a tough 13.4 miles

Come to think of it, maybe the first few miles didn’t hurt because it was *freezing*. It was near on freezing when we started, and the grass was crispy with a frost. My fingers were so cold in my thin running gloves that they hurt, and I didn’t feel my feet for at least five miles. Even crossing the finish line I was still layered-up with three layers of running gear on top. Still, these freezing days are some of the most beautiful — there was barely a cloud in the sky and barely a puff of wind. Gorgeous!

While I’m whining, I should note that we should have trained harder for a half-marathon. It’s a decent step up from our diet of 10k races over the past few months, and came on the back of a quieter couple of weeks. Still, we made it, and 2 hours and 23 minutes isn’t too bad for a 13.4 miler with 2,000 feet of climbing! But, wow, was I stiff and sore for the next three days — if you saw some old guy hobling around, it may have been me.

All in all, an amazing way to finish a pretty special year of raising money for the GBS/CIDP Foundation, and getting the message out about GBS and related conditions. I’ve no idea what we’ll do in 2016 without all this fundraising and running — I’m sure we’ll think of something…

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