October 9, 2017
My last race was Boeing last month, so I have had a little time to recover from my 50 miler.
It is an interesting day, because there is a major fire about 25 miles away, and there is resultant ash and something weird going on with the tide.
For the first half, it is extremely windy and flakes of paper and ash are floating down, but it is pretty intermittent, not enough to have to cover my face with a Buff.
Then, when I get to the section under PCH, there is a considerable amount of water on the path… not flooded, but enough to splash when I go through. You can sort of edge around it, but not worth it to veer onto the rocks to avoid splashing. 12:30 to the turnaround.
On the way back, less wind (so probably at my rear). On the return trip, there is even more water and not a simple splash but enough to spill into my shoes and have wet feet the rest of the way. Some of the outbound folks are trying to go around it, but as I said before, not worth it.
I finished in 24:34 but Kevin McKee came sprinting right by me at the end. Partially, it was lack of motivation and partially, Kevin is a really good runner. The non-Boeing boys finished 3, 4, and 5, so a pretty small crowd.
Afterwards, I ventured back down the course to find and usher Nelson in. He had not “run” in several months due to age and an injury, so is taking it extra careful. Usually, I meet up with him around the bridge after we get back onto 2nd Street, but he was well into the bike path and a bit banged up and wet.
He, like many others, made the ill-advised climb onto the (cement) rocks under the bridge to avoid the water, but Nelson took it a step further and lost his balance and fell into the water, landing rather hard on his side. (His car key was in his pocket and got so bent it wouldn’t fit into the ignition, but a Boeing engineer happened by with pliers and bent it back to an acceptable shape.) Glad to have gotten you back safely.