Competitor Staff Tackling 30-Day Fitness Challenge

Incredible views, hilly trails and an enthusiastic group of runners greeted senior editor Mario Fraioli at San Francisco Running Company on Saturday. Photo: Mario Fraioli

Day 11: Saturday, January 18

Brian Metzler, Editor-in-Chief: More spinning. I aggravated my adductor a couple weeks back so I’m sticking to the spin bike while it heals.

Mario Fraioli, Senior Editor: My 50K is now just 7 weeks away so hitting the trails for a few hours every weekend is a high priority. This morning I finally made it up to San Francisco Running Company for their Saturday group run on the trails in the Marin Headlands. There were about 45 people in attendance! It was an awesome display of community. My plan was to run for about 2-1/2 hours. We set out on a flat road for about a mile before we started climbing and descending. There was a lot of up and down (which afforded us some incredible views) and it caught up with me about 75 minutes into the run. My quads were smashed! I fell off the group and ended up running solo for a bit. I was so exhausted and my form had deteriorated so much I fell flat on my face at about the 90-minute mark. That was a good wakeup call. Survival mode ensued and luckily I was able to reconnect with some others in the group and run with them back to the store. I stopped my watch at 2 hours and called it a day.

Caitlyn Pilkington, Associate Editor: I just walked 30 minutes around my apartment and did a lot of foam rolling and stretching. Nothing fancy – Sunday is my first half marathon of the year!

Jason Devaney, Associate Web Editor: There was no sleeping in for me on Saturday. My fiancee and I were up early to join some friends for a 4-mile run on the local bike/run path (we’re the ones in blue in the middle). A few inches of snow fell the night before, but that didn’t stop us. We were also running in memory of Meg Menzies, who was hit and killed by a drunk driver last week while on a run. It was great to see the running community come together to honor her. We had a family party to attend in the afternoon, but were able to squeeze in a short, 25-minute swim after our post-run breakfast.

Allison Pattillo, Contributing Editor: I should have gotten up early to run, but I didn’t (cold, early runs are far from my favorite!). The day was all about my daughters’ Nordic races and by the time they were finished, I was inspired yet tired from a day spent cheering and running around the course. I rallied for a 35-min evening skate ski skate, and was happier for it.

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