2021 Ultra #9 – Down By The Bay 50K

After the grueling run at Henry Coe just 4 days ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see my body recover really well. I wanted to switching things up a bit and run a flat one, which turns out has its own challenges. I didn’t bother taking too many pictures on this one, but here’s my Strava activity:

Byxbee Park

There’s a small lot at the end of Embarcadero Road that doesn’t have a gate and you can park 24×7. Got there around 6:45am and I think I was the only one there. I had planned two loops, one on the northern end through the athletic field and around Palo Alto airport. The other one was along Adobe Creek with a short stretch of Bayshore Road.

Was greeted with an awesome sunrise as I rounded the corner on Palo Alto airport and the golf course. The first two laps went by pretty quickly. I wasn’t shooting for time, but I seem to be hovering around a 8:30 min/mile pace. Maybe it was the morning feeding frenzy, but there were a gazillion birds in the air on a little island along Adobe Creek trail.

I don’t think I walked much on this run, kept shuffling pretty much the whole time and finished 4:39 which would be a distance PR! It did have about 10 minutes of dead time with removing layers, stopping to get some coke from the car and reloading on Tailwind. But super stoked that I’m able to run back to back 50Ks with a 4 day gap and not hurting anything. Cross fingers and on to ultra #10!

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