Virtual Weekend

This weekend I had a really great run along the San Francisco Bay Trail. This is 500 miles of shoreline trails around the bay. The trail doesn't go continuously the entire way; there are some gaps. The section I ran runs from Emeryville to Richmond with no gaps and is about 11 miles long. It's a really nice section, with views of San Francisco almost the entire time. I did an out and back totaling 20 miles and it couldn't have been a better day for it.

As I've already mentioned, Laura is doing a 5 by the 5th Virtual Race where you run either a 5k or a 5 miler before the 5th of each month. This is a great way to get out there and get each month started right. In fact, I may make a tradition out of it, even after June is over. For this race, I used the last 5 miles, where I clocked a 40:30 for those 5 miles.

I also used part of this run as an entry for Jill's Tackle the Miles Virtual Race. For hers I used the first 13.1 miles of my run, which I finished in 1:52.24. Even though the Niners lost, I still tried to make some tackles of my own. The first half of the run was actually a lot harder than the last half. I had a really hard time getting going and was glad to have Jill's challenge in my mind to help push me along.

It is always fun to participate in these virtual races. It never hurts to have a little more inspiration to get my butt moving! Plus, it was well worth it. The views were fabulous and the weather was great and I was so glad to get out and enjoy it (at least after the first 13 miles were over). These races also count as part of my 13 in 2013 challenge that Jill is hosting! 

SF Bay Trail city view

What did you do this weekend? How was the weather in your neck of the woods? Did you join either of these virtual challenges? 


  1. Last weekend I had a sushi date with Phil, went for drinks with college friends, and went to a super bowl party with Phil. And I studied 12 hours. And ran once (epic fail). It was bitterly cold and snowy here so running outdoors was not happening for me. I do have friends that run no matter what the weather is like but I am just not that hard core! It will get up to 30 this week so I am excited for that!!

  2. Thanks for the reminder to get my time in!! I ran my Tackle the Miles on Saturday...10 miles to a friends house! I didn't realize how hilly the route was until I was well into the 10 miles...YIKES! Her husband kept saying..."I can't believe you ran here!" and her daughter kept looking for my car!

  3. Wow, Kyria... you were moving on your 20 miler- awesome job! Wish I had a long trail like that near me. Can I come visit and run with you??

  4. Way to get your virtuals in Kyria! I did the "5 by the 5th" on Friday. Amazing views!

  5. I'm doing my virtual 5K for Lauren's series today. I'm just squeaking by under the deadline. :)

    Nice running!

  6. I am so jealous of the trail running around SF! I follow the blogger Runners Rambles and she is always posting AMAZINGLY gorgeous photos of her trail running. I officially signed up for the 50 KM race in August so it's time for me to get seriously training again!

  7. That's a fast 20-miler, especially on trails. I'm impressed. I'm doing Laura's 5 by the 5th Challenge, but have just done 5Ks so far, and always as part of a longer run (though not 20 miles!).

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