Friday afternoon the Dread Pirate Rackham rolled into town with an “Avast Ye Scurvy Dog!” and a “Hardy Har Har”.
We sat around for a couple of hours chatting, drinkng water and lemonade and eating cherries and then headed out to a paved trail for a run. We started out running together which left me panting and puffing and thinking I might just die and her thinking ‘hmm… this is a nice recovery pace”. After a mile of that I told her it was time for her to take off, go up to the 2 mile mark and turn around and that I would go to the 1.5 mile mark, turn around and wait for her to pass me on the way back. She didn’t, but worrying about it was excellent for my pace which was:
10:18, 10:03, 9:16. (confession – the trail is all up going out and all down coming back). !
After returning home and showering we ate homemade pizza that I made, chicken curry that my son made and spent more time chit chatting until it was time for bed.
Saturday she had a swim on her schedule so we headed to the pool for 100m warm up, 8 x100 alternating pulling by 100s and 100 cool down. I’m happy to say we are pretty evenly matched in the pool but I let her lead for most of it. I then took her back to the train to go meet up with another friend and we made plans to rendez-vous in the morning.
This morning we all met up and joined the steady stream of the crazy people as they headed for the start of the Bay to Breakers. I took my camera with me and got a few shots like this one of the Brides of Bay to Breakers
This official shot from San Francisco Chronicle gives you a sense of scale for this event – it’s HUGE!
My very favorite part of the Bay to Breakers, though are the people who put on Salmon costumes and start at the finish line and run upstream. There are quite a lot of them and it is most amusing. DPR and I were still running together when they arrived on the scene and we high fived them all down the line.
I guess if you are really lucky you can see the Salmon go to battle with the Yogi Ninjas
The Pirate and I made a port-a-potty stop at the bottom of the infamous Hayes Street Hill and when we started our ascent it was clear to me that it was time for the Pirate to fly solo because she had a lot more uphill oomph than I did and you know – if you love someone you set them free and by now I ♥ ed the DPR and just watched her back and her totally cool hat as she zipped up the hill.
All 3 of us met up at the finish and took a seemingly epic bus journey back to the start where we bid our good-byes and went on our merry ways. It was a great, great weekend with me running further and faster than I’ve run in a long time. It totally pays to invite a Pirate to your house and then try to chase her down. DPR is a great person and wonderful houseguest not to mention an a$$ kicking athlete.
B2B finish time 1:22:30.