Saturday 28 September 2013
After missing last year's inaugural race, I really wanted to run this year's Berkeley Trail Adventure 50k distance. I love Tilden and Wildcat Regional Parks, but other than buzzing through part of Tilden midway through Firetrails 50 mile a few times, I suspect I could count my hikes and training runs there on both hands and one foot.
Maybe because Sarah Lavender told me to grab a course map if I was going to be running "with the fast guys out front," I got it into my head to maybe run fast out front.
One guy and a svelte woman ran ahead and took off (way off).
The woman apparently was local Anna Bretan, who had made local news by winning last year's Oakland Marathon for the 2nd straight year, and 6 weeks after giving birth to her daughter. She won and set the new women's course record at this year's San Francisco Marathon, beating out last year's winner, Devon Yanko (née Crosby-Helms). I had no idea who she was (Sarah pointed her out to me). So to make up for this, she will get featured in this blog post with photos I lifted from the web.
|March 2011, 2:53:19, new course record|
“I turned 26 in December and I decided it was time to run 26 miles.”
|couldn't figure out who shot this photo|
|before winning Oakland again in 2012|
6 weeks after giving birth to her 3rd child
"Well, I ran slower this year..."
Alright, enough of her, since other than my saying "wow, great job!" to her as she went the other direction after the turning around for the 35k, we didn't talk.
Oops, one more picture, during the race. I am pretty sure Myles was hanging out somewhere during the initial stretch to the first aid station.
|by Myles Smith, Michigan Bluff Photography|
|same spot, different runner, not nearly as fast|
though I DID run longer
Coming into the first aid station at 4.8 miles.
|by Allen Lucas|
I talked with Sasha Waring, a psychiatrist who had finished his residency training fairly recently. He was doing the 35k, so left me soon after Inspiration Point (mile 15). He would win the men's race, but Anna finished 20 minutes ahead. Great job, you two.
|Sasha, photo by Myles Smith, Michigan Bluff Photography|
|Myles Smith, Michigan Bluff Photography|
Once I crested, I had some trouble hammering downhill, due to abdominal wall pain that I had started feeling this year. Once the season is over, I hope to work on core strength-- do those crunches. Well see if I follow through.
Allen Lucas again had his camera ready at the Big Springs Aid Station, 4.4 miles from the finish.
My iPhone had malfunctioned, so I was relieved of the possibility of taking those mugshot pictures of everyone at the finish. Sarah Lavender Smith, though by her account, was way out of shape, but still managed to win the women's race. Congrats, Sarah!
|by Allen Lucas|
Little did I know, while we were all running, Jon Olsen was on his way to setting the new North American 100-mile record, finishing just under 12 hours (!) Congrats, Jon!
Jon's account on iRunFar.com
Geoff Roes on Why Jon Olsen Might Not Win Ultrarunning Performance Of The Year