21 Days – San Francisco One Day

I had this crazy dream last night. I dreamed that I drove all the way to San Francisco to run in circles around a field. Catra and her ex boyfriend Andy were there. Brian was there. Hung, the gifted runner I met at Iron Horse and his girlfriend were there. And of course, my die hard running buddy, Donn. We all kept running in circles, going seemingly nowhere for hours upon hours. And then… I didn’t wake up.

San Francisco One Day was a very different race than any I have participated in thus far. Donn and I ran the first half together, enjoying the view over and over and over again. We were lapped by the same people over and over and over again. We made the same jokes over and over and over again. It was all I could do not to make a break for the Golden Gate Bridge!

Halfway through the race we set off on our own journeys, experiencing highs and lows and meeting new people along the way. It turned out to be one of the funnest ultrarunning experiences I have had. I was able to run with people that I would not have had the opportunity to run with otherwise.

My 12 hour day ended early at about 11 hours and 30 minutes. I had run over 50 miles at that point and Donn and I both wanted to go get dinner before the restaurants closed. As I sat and enjoyed dinner at an old favorite, A16, I realized how much I had learned during that run. In my ultra life, running in circles was actually a lot of fun. In my personal life, it was officially time for me to make a break for the Golden Gate Bridge.

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