12.3-Mile Run @ 9:23
I didn't have a good night's sleep. I set the alarm at
5:30am but somehow after 3:00am kept waking up. At 5:20am I
got up, had my cup of iskiate, watched how to make kimchi,
and headed out for the run.
Two Japanese runners joined us today. Both tall and heavily
built. They stayed together, talking in Japanese, and
didn't seem to mix. I met Ed, a new grad and new comer to
the Bay Area. He is 2nd generation Chinese. This was his
first long run with us. Ed looked the runner type and had
some distance racing experience.
A teammate wanted to do an easy 13-mile. I, however, wanted
to push myself a little over that distance and stayed at the
front of the pack. At around mile 4, I went ahead and took
the lead. It was a great feeling running on the levee. I saw
a big heron (or egret) at the trail-side. A tall and
graceful bird, it was very shy and flew away as soon as I
got a little closer.
Ed joined me at around mile 7 and we started chatting which
made the run more fun. It's impressive that, at a young age,
he started to pay attention to diet and had built a habit to
run. He was a strong runner and could pass me by easily but
we enjoyed each other's company and jogged together the rest
of the run.
The route changed and we didn't have the water fountain at
mile 6. I could feel dehydration although I wasn't
particularly thirsty. It was at mile 11 that I finally got a
drink of water. (My pee looked the color of dark coffee once
I got home.)
My butt was amazing. With it, I raced Ed the last half-mile.
Tired and dehydrated, I could easily raise those legs with
my glutes and it didn't feel a thing. My legs felt like
those of the robot's. Ed had a hard time racing me. Oxygen,
it turned out, was the bottleneck. I had to stop sprinting
as I ran out of breath. There is huge potential in that area