I ran the Giants race last week which made me realize an important thing—I am getting old. This is why women aren’t supposed to have children in their late thirties or forties; our bodies can’t handle it. I’m sure there are women out there who poop out their baby like no problem, but all I gotta say is I tried running a 5k and the following morning, I felt like I’d run a marathon instead of a piddly little race—like the shortest race you can possibly run to even be considered a race. Shit I was in pain. Sure I didn’t train and I ran a 9.31 minute/mile clip, but I used to not train and run far longer (i.e., half and full marathons) and much faster. I am a total loser. My only consolation is that I was in the top 10% of my class Females 35-39. Look, Ma, it’s like getting an A-.
I’d never run the Giants race before. We’ve done some fantastic, beautiful courses, but this one’s unique and pretty bad ass because you finish at the ballpark on the field, waving to a bunch of empty seats. Still nice, though, especially if you run the half marathon and all your friends and family can hang out in the stands and cheer as you cross the finish line.
Safeway was one of the lead sponsors so after you finished, you got a tote and you could pick from all this stuff they had laid out on the tables (bagels, bananas, apples, yogurt, water). I felt like I was shopping.
It’s a great race that we all gotta run next year, ok? I need others to agonize with me. Trying to dispel the fact that I am middle-aged, I’ve been scoping out other races, but can’t find any I want to do. There’s the Bridge-to-Bridge which I’ve always enjoyed, but it’s a different route this year because of all the construction on Doyle drive which means the course’ll suck. Give me a shout if you see any good fun runs. My goal is to break 9 minutes.