It’s not that I’m trying to drag this out, it’s that there is so much to tell and I don’t want these posts to get too long and boring. HERE is the link for the start and mile 1 (in case you missed it).
The first 3 miles went pretty smoothly – with the exception of one BIG hill at about mile 2.5 (spoiler alert: there was one GIGANTIC MOUNTAIN at mile 4 …OMG!). Everyone was in such a good mood and it was just taking it all in. The weather was even beautiful – no wind, cool but not cold, and despite ALL the warnings of rain – NONE! I had established a consistent 14:30 m/m pace (not flashy, I know that – but doable and enjoyable). Again, thanks to “C” for her willingness to take these photos and to share them with me.
(left) Headed under a tunnel that goes under the cross over into the Fisherman’s Wharf; (right) a bagpiper playing at the far end of the tunnel allowing it to echo for the entire length of the tunnel – super cool (but different, right?)
(left) The Army language school, (right) across the street for the language school –isn’t it beautiful?!?!
(left) more stunning scenary; (right) mile marker 2 (click HERE to learn more about the race’s new mile markers)
(left) just a quick look back at where we just came from; (right) that purple shirt says “Hormonal Hotties” –so cute, really shows the fun spirit of the participants
This shows the hill at mile 2.5, we’re on the left going up the hill (that’s MOA in the red shirt) and on the right . . . YEAH, that’s the winners with like .5 left to go (the men’s winner was 1:03:48, the women’s winner was 1:14:16- smokin’ FAST!).
This is the entrance into Cannery Row. Click HERE to learn more about this historic and scenic area.
That’s MOA’s pony tale and red shirt This was an out and back course so that cross walk was mile 3 and 12.
What do they can you ask? Sardines and Anchovies (blek). It was made famous when John Steinbeck wrote about this area.
The white building straight ahead (on left) is the aquarium – no worries, we visited it so you’ll get to see LOTS of photos in a future post. Ahhh, first 5K done – okay, still keeping with the 14:00 – 14:30 m/m pace . . . no problem, feeling strong!