Sunday, October 11, 2009

Golden Gate Park 10k

I recently joined the Dolphin South End Runners Club in San Francisco. As I just finished typing that last sentence, I am thinking to myself, "uh, Tony joined a running club?" Crazy but true. In any case, my first race with this group took place this morning: a 10k run through Golden Gate Park. Joining me on this 10k was my horror movie buddy, Rachel, who ran the Kaiser Half last year and is itching to get back into the running scene.

Rachel arrived at my place at about 8:15am. The race didn't start until 9am, and it only takes about 5 minutes to get to the starting point from my place, but I insisted on allowing plenty of time, as this was our first run with the Dolphin South End peeps. Good thing we did, because the two of us got lost in Golden Gate Park! There are so many twists and turns in that park that we were running around in circles! Fortunately, we were able to find our way and made it to the starting point right when the start gun went off. The two of us probably lost about two minutes, which I must admit, stressed me out at first. However, once I got into the groove, I relaxed and found my pace. I am happy to say that I completed this 10k in a little over an hour with a 10:19 pace, according to my Garmin GPS watch. The final results have me at 67:58 with a 10:56 pace. No complaints here!

I absolutely love this ribbon, and I will proudly display it on my wall! Until the San Jose Rock & Roll Half Marathon, I had never won anything for a sporting event. Hence, every award that I receive for running, big or small, will be cherished.