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The SF Marathon First 1/2

One month after, it’s about time for a race recap, right? :)

I ran this race last year, but ran the 2nd 1/2 marathon for Nuun. It was an awesome experience, I helped work the expo on Saturday for them, stayed in the city that night, and ran the 2nd 1/2 Sunday morning. After running the 2nd 1/2, I knew I wanted to run the 1st 1/2 this year, because I’m greedy and like extra bling! If you run the two different 1/2 marathons in consecutive years, you get an extra medal for completing the “Half it All Challenge.” Challenge accepted!

I didn’t get to run this year for Nuun, so when it looked like it was getting close to selling out, I registered quickly. I had run Ragnar NWP the weekend before and had majorly tweaked my left glute and quad. I had low hopes for this race unfortunately, especially after working the expo both Friday AND Saturday. Halfway through Saturday, my feet were dead. Yay smart decisions!

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After the expo on Friday, Laura and I hung out at Fort Mason since Off the Grid was there. There were SOOOO many people! Most of the food trucks had crazy long lines, but the one we ended up at had a short line and the food came out quickly. Gourmet grilled cheese (brie, granny smith apples, thinly sliced almonds) and truffle tater tots? GET IN MY MOUTH.

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The Nuun team in action!

Woke up ridiculously early on Sunday, met Kristina in the hotel lobby and we walked over to the start line (thankfully we weren’t far!).  The “corral change” sticker had somehow fallen off my bib and they were super vigilant about not letting you into the corral unless it was yours, so they wouldn’t let me into the one I had changed to (bummer).  We waited until the original corral, jumped in line, took a couple pictures and were off before we knew it!

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Forced smiles early in the morning!

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Pace through the corrals was actually really good!

Both of us were semi-unprepared, so agreed to run the whole thing together, and we both wanted to stop for a couple photos. Fun, easy race, chatting with your friend the whole time? Yes please! It’s exactly what I needed. Even though we weren’t running it fast at all, the mile markers seemed to fly by!

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Karl the Fog was working that morning.

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Thanks to the awesome volunteer who took this photo for us!

We stopped once for a bathroom break, a couple times for photos, and once at the bridge turnaround because I had achilles blisters that were starting to really bother me (shoes i wore during the expo, even though they’re completely broken in). Thank you to the aid station who helped me take off my shoes and socks to put a giant bandaid on both achilles, and for helping me tie them back up! #TeamWork.

At about mile 10, my left quad (that had been slowly nagging for the last few miles) finally completely locked up. I had to pull over to a post and start to stretch and rub it out. Super painful but I got it loosened and we started out towards Seacliff/Outer Richmond. I knew Kari would be out in front of their apartment cheering on runners, and REALLY needed the motivation at that point. Thankfully we weren’t diverted and once we got onto 27th, I heard them. HOORAY!

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Stopping for a picture, hearing people scream your name and having juicy watermelon = the business. Exactly what I needed!

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In their apartment window! Scott was working on his computer (video games I think haha), but when he heard Kari yell my name, he popped out for a cheer as well.

After the cheer station, we had less than 2 miles to the finish. Both of us were ecstatic to be almost done (also we just kept talking about breakfast. Talk about motivation!).  We continued down 27th Avenue (forgot about that little hill at Geary, rude) and finally turned left into the Park at Fulton. The smell of GG Park gets me every time (no not typical SF urine smell, but the amazing smell of nature!) and we pushed as hard as we could into the finish.  Once in the park, we were able to see the 2nd 1/2 marathoners who were just starting their race and we cheered them on as we ran in.

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Just finished the race and going to pick up snacks, my regular and Half it All challenge medal and my gear check. I would like to punch Gear Check in the face this year. It took almost an hour to locate my bag (and a bunch of other peoples as well), because a ton of bags that should have been in my truck had somehow been put in the wrong truck (but they couldn’t tell you what other truck they were in, so after waiting in our line, they simply said “so can you just go check the other trucks? It’s probably in one of the first 3 trucks.” The first 3 trucks had at least 50 people waiting in line).

FINALLY found my bag and we peaced out for breakfast.

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Double medals!

Now I’m trying to talk Kristina into running the 2nd half next year (it literally runs right in front of her apartment around mile 8ish) so that she can get the Half it All Challenge medal, too!
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My FitBit started vibrating before I even hit mile 5 of the race, we walked to the start line, walked a bit after the finish, AND I ended up running from our hotel to the full finish line and back after the race. Because I’m ridiculous. I ended the day with SO MANY STEPS!IMG_9248And a little sneak preview from the real race photos:

race_1085_photo_22616224The race also offers another Challenge: the 52 Club. Run both 1/2 marathons in consecutive years, and then the 3rd year, run the full marathon. I don’t think I’m quite ready for my first full yet!

This is one of my favorite races here in San Francisco.  The fact that it offers multiple races, is extremely well-organized (except for the gear bag snafu), has great bling, treats at the finish line, offers free race photos (HELLO!), Nuun is the hydration sponsor (the only thing my sensitive stomach will tolerate during long runs and races), and generally just care about the local community.  Last year while getting ready for the 2nd 1/2, I was lucky enough to work a few of the Run365 training runs with Nuun. RUN365 is the official training program of The San Francisco Marathon races and The Berkeley Half Marathon. It’s a great bunch of people that just love what they do.  This year I was able to do the same, and join them for a fun run with Dean Karnazes (he gave me a high five and said I was awesome, no big deal).  The people that run the show are awesome, work hard and love what they do.  Their partners are also great (I have a FitBit so it was pretty cool how they integrated it into the race; obviously I love Nuun; Lululemon hosted some activities at the expo and had a post-race party as well. I participated in a focus group for them in conjunction with the SF Marathon and was really happy that they actually listened to what we had to say and integrated it into their plans!)

They have an ambassador program that I’ve been eyeing since last year. I somehow spaced out and missed the applications last September, but am anxiously awaiting the beginning of September and when they’ll open up applications.  Now having run both half marathons with them, participating in some of the RUN365 events and the Lulu focus group, I’m ready to contribute big time to the ambassador program!

Saying goodbye to the Brooks Fanatics program

When I started running again just after college graduation, I had super old, hand-me-down tennis shoes from my cousin (literally, I think they were shoes for tennis).  But I ran in them, camped in them, hiked in them and didn’t know any better.  I probably had them for about 5 years, and who knows how long she had them before me.  Then at the very beginning of 2009, I realized I needed new shoes after some knee and foot pain.  I researched online, tried different brands on in store and read reviews of not only the shoes, but the company themselves.  What was the final pair I chose? The Brooks Adrenaline 9’s.  I ordered them online and when they arrived, it was like Christmas!

The next year I was accepted into the Brooks ID program and advocated the company and products to anyone who would listen (and probably some that weren’t!).  When they refined the parameters for the ID program, I unfortunately didn’t make the cut, but was placed in the newly formed Brooks Fanatics program in 2011.  It was a small group of awesome runners, many from the ID program who just loved to run and loved Brooks.

The Fanatics group grew and grew, especially as the parameters for the ID program were refined even more.  We were each others support systems, talked about injuries, great runs, not so great runs, accomplishments, failures, vacations, family, you name it.

It felt really awesome to be even just a small part of an awesome company.  I was able to volunteer at events for them, and even run two consecutive years of the Rock n Roll San Francisco 1/2 marathon thanks to them. I made some great online friends and even met a couple in real life.  When I flew up to Seattle to run the Rock n Roll Seattle 1/2 in 2013, I was able to stop by Brooks HQ for a private tour and lunch.

Midway through last year, we all found out that the Fanatics program wouldn’t be moving forward in the new year, and as of December 31st, 2014, we would no longer be Fanatics (except we will always be Fanatics, even if there is no official program!).  It’s been a weird almost 8 months without the posts, group chats, photo posts, etc.

Thank you Brooks for 5 amazing years and I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future!

Forever a Fanatic,
Sheena

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

YES! I know the Women’s World Cup isn’t as big globally as the Men’s World Cup, but it gets me super pumped!  For men’s soccer, I’ve always been a Germany fan and supporter, but women’s soccer? USA all the way!

I remember watching the 1999 Women’s World Cup with the dream team: Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy, Briana Scurry, Tiffeny Milbrett, Shannon MacMillan, Joy Fawcett, Christie Rampone, and maybe someone you heard of, Mia Hamm?! It was hosted by the US, so it made it super easy to catch all the matches, with only a few hours time difference (also, I was 13, so I had all summer to do nothing but fun things like this). I remember sitting on the living room floor at my grandparents house, glued to the TV every time the US team played.

And then maybe you remember the penalty kicks? And the now infamous image of when we won:

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It’s a pretty powerful image.  Brandi Chastain celebrating by ripping her shirt off after scoring the winning PK, and her teammates rushing in to celebrate their World Cup victory.  Still gives me goosebumps every time I see it!

My favorite numbers growing up, especially when I was playing sports (and even to this day) were 6 an 13 because of Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly.  Mia Hamm has always been a star and an incredible player, but there was something about these two ladies that really pulled me in.

In 2012 I went to Europe on a month-long trip in between jobs, to visit friends, visit the small town I studied abroad in during college and to celebrate my 27th birthday in a big way: the London Olympics.  I was checking out some websites of fun things to do throughout the city during the Olympic Games and came across a Q&A panel with the amazing Brandi Chastain and Summer Sanders, both amazing athletes from my childhood, and both California girls.  And then I got to meet them both. I DIED. Definitely a highlight of the trip.

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Ugh, bring me back to my super tan days!

 

Are you guys as wrapped up in the action for this World Cup?

National Running Day

Yesterday was National Running Day and I was actually going to be staying in the city, so that meant I could actually participate in an event this year! Last week I saw that Rock n Roll San Francisco was going to be partnering up with A Runner’s Mind in SF to host a little event at their store. Yes please!

After work I headed up the hill, put out what I was going to wear for the run (note: I overdressed as usual. The weather in SF can be super tricky and change in a heartbeat. Plus I run pretty warm), downed a bottle of Tropical Nuun, took a 15 minute power nap (much needed) and then headed down to my Lyft that was going to take me to ARM.

I met up with Laura and Steve for an awesome event! The turnout was great, Mamma Chia was there with squeeze pack samples (if you’re counting, I ate 4 while there… and then took one for the road, which I ate when I got home. They are delicious!) and Saucony was demoing some of their shoe models. We decided to give them a try on the trails.

Laura and I brought up the rear of the pack since we thought she might be injured/my calves were PAINFULLY tight/everyone else was just speedy, and enjoyed the trails and beautiful views that SF has to offer.

It was an out and back, with your turnaround being at the bottom of a set of stairs (so mean).

But then this was your view from the bottoms, so can we really be mad?:

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The views from SF running routes NEVER get old.

They hid 2 shoes along the running route, each giving the finder an entry to either Rock n Roll SF 1/2 next March or one of Marathon Matt’s trail 1/2 marathons this August. We didn’t find either shoe but weren’t super bummed since both of us are already registered for RnRSF next year and I can’t do another race this year (I just signed up for RnR San Jose 1/2 earlier that day).  Most of the run was on the Bay Area Ridge Trail, aka just beautiful scenery. You’re in the middle of nature. Your nose is assaulted with awesome smells (nature smells, not typical city urine smells), you become aware of your surroundings because of potential coyotes. You forget you’re in San Francisco.

When see beauty like this, you just have to stop for a couple pictures because things like this make you forget about the craziness of life for a brief moment and just make you feel incredibly grateful that you’re out on a run.

After the run you got to sample some SOS Hydration (I had my own Nuun though), Mamma Chia squeeze packs, Hint water and Michelob Ultra. I passed on all except the Mamma Chia.

We made it!

They also had a board that if you wrote down why you run, you could then put your name into the raffle. ARM is going to display the board year-round in their store.

Raffle time and I won! $30 gift card to ARM that had to be spent that night, so I got to shopping right away and walked away with a nice Nike tank top for only $14.

Laura and I went to dinner afterwards in Laurel Village (delicious) and then headed home since we both had to work tomorrow.  When you run, that’s automatic permission to have pizza and truffle fries and wine… right? Speaking of, tomorrow is National Donut Day. I’m all over it.
  

 Did you celebrate National Running Day? What was your favorite part?

Rock n Roll San Francisco race recap: 3 years strong

Rock n Roll Marathon Series was my very first 1/2 marathon (Rock n Roll San Diego 1/2 when I was still living there) and now that I’m back up north, I’ve been able to run the Rock n Roll San Francisco 1/2 every year since they started – 3 years now.  It’s a fun race with a hilly course (it’s SF, duh) and absolutely beautiful views.  The first 2 years I ran the race myself, but since Kat bought a Tour Pass, this was one of her races. Don’t have to tell me twice for a #katbean reunion and friendiversary weekend!  (In case you didn’t know, Kat and I were randomly paired together as college freshman in the dorms. We survived the dorms and have been friends since August 2003!)

I drove in, met Kat, her cousin Kristin and husband Ryan in SF for a beer and light bite on Friday night and then headed to Sausalito to stay the night at their house. We had dinner at Bar Bocce, which combined two of my favorite things: eating and people watching.  Woke up at a decent hour on Saturday, showered and headed into the city for the expo.  We decided to get a hotel near the finish line for the night before the race.  If you’ve never run this race, it finishes in Civic Center. If you’ve never been to San Francisco, it is one of the most densely populated areas with homeless people, so there’s ALWAYS the chance you will get yelled at, money or food will be requested every block, and it will most likely have a faint smell of urine.  This year Kat got the best one I’ve heard yet. We were walking down Market Street and some guy walking by yells to her “YOU GOT SOME GOOD LOOKIN FEET!” and just keeps walking.   I ended up signing up for next years Rock n Roll San Francisco at the expo since it was crazy discounted + you know how much we love running shirts, so you also got a free longsleeve (you know RnR races aren’t cheap, don’t judge).

We then went on a hunt for delicious food. Since we’re both indecisive and were SO hungry at that point, we headed to The Grove because we love that place, know where it’s at, and both wanted an alcoholic beverage with our brunch. win-win.

Walked around a little more, went back to the hotel for a bit, met up with her cousin and husband, grabbed a delicious Italian dinner in North Beach, came back to the hotel and spread out our #FlatKat and #FlatBean on the chair and hopped into bed for what turned out to be a semi-decent night of sleep (I don’t sleep well on a normal night, and the night before a race is usually worse!)

Alarm always goes off what seems like 10 minutes after you fell asleep. We quickly got dressed and grabbed what we needed and headed downstairs to walk to the shuttles that would bring us to the Start Line (one of the BEST things they offer for this race. Incredibly convenient for people living in the city, those that are driving in, etc), and then you don’t have to worry about driving to the start and then having to figure out how to get back to your car after the race!

The last picture we have of the four of us in the hotel that morning. Once we got near the portapotty lines at the Start, we totally lost Kristins husband and never found him again until the Finish!

We’re such great photographers!

Much better! Side note: See that handheld bottle? That morning marks the second 1/2 marathon where I have almost lost it because of the port-a-potty. I don’t bring it in becuase that’s disgusting, so I set it on the ground right outside (probably only slightly more sanitary) and ALWAYS forget to pick it up when I’m done. I always realize it a few minutes later and have to run back, trying to remember which of the identical 20 port-a-potty lines I was in. I’ve also left a visor on the hook on the inside of a port-a-potty at the start line of Nike Womens last year and had to race back and try to remember exactly which one I was in to try to find it. I’m ridiculous.

Start line photos = we look SO attractive. Sleep deprived and cold, but at least we’re not gross and sweaty yet?

 I lost Kat (she’s too fast) and Kristin (I am faster than someone!) shortly after the race started, but was enjoying the view too much to care. Hills killed me big time.  Or was it the lack of training? Either way, I walked the Lincoln hill with zero cares.And stopped for a picture on the other side of the bridge because I can NEVER turn down this view. When it’s clear, it is seriously one of the best views out there!

RIP to my Bia watch, who saw her last race on that day. Shortly after that, we found out that despite the successful Kickstarter campaign to fund these awesome watches, they couldn’t sustain the business and were closing up shop. So sad.

The race itself went a lot better than I was expecting. Since I hadn’t really run since the Hot Chocolate 15k in January (and also hadn’t trained for that), I knew my body would be really confused. But it felt semi-decent and I was ok with just running based on how my body felt and not what my watch said. When I needed to walk (hills most definitely), I walked. I pulled to the side to snap a few photos along the way, and even though I was trying to will my bladder shut, I couldn’t hold out any longer and had to stop for a bathroom break at Sports Basement around mile 9.   When I looked at my watch after that break, I realized I was actually doing pretty decently and could easily get a SF 1/2 marathon best time outta this shabby little body.  The bathroom break (and not the hills and photo opps surprisingly) were what kept me from an actually 1/2 marathon PR. BOOM! Even though I should have been so proud of myself for getting this time and getting so close to my 1/2 marathon PR time with a bathroom stop, walk breaks and photo stops, all I could think about was “IF ONLY I DIDN’T STOP FOR THE BATHROOM!!” and was so disappointed. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that? :/

We made it! And I ran into my friend Brian, who I met through running and randomly happen to run into him at the finish of a lot of races in SF (even though neither of us live there).  
It was absolutely beautiful that day (even a little warm/sunny for a 1/2) and the post-race concert was awesome! I usually don’t get to enjoy these very often since I normally do races alone and after a 1/2 marathon, a lot of people don’t want to sit around anymore than they have to.  Rock n Roll can put on some good Finish line concerts, depending on the band, and it’s always nice to get a free concert with really good music and you’re literally 5 people back.

And because my jumping skills are sub-par, I’m going to suggest you to a few action shots. I clearly need to practice the simple task of jumping.

Not even close Sheena.  Yeah, your feet have barely left the ground. Seriously?    Nailed it/that’s sadly as good as it’s going to get I think.

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When you don’t have the time to blog in length consistently anymore (insert sad face), quick sentence per picture posts can be fun!  I’m going to try to do these maybe once every two weeks (you know, if I do anything remotely interesting…) I think these pictures are from the past month-and-a-half because I’m that lame.

 

 

  I feel like Grumpy Cat just gets me on Monday mornings.  Working super early on a Saturday morning isn’t that bad when it involves this view, trail races and Nuun! #katbean friendiversary reunion in SF for Rock n Roll SF 1/2 marathon!  The view from the quad-killing Lyon Street steps  Baseball makes me happy!  Tess Henley‘s ladypipes are the best present you could ever give yourself, trust me.Watching the Boston Marathon (and the Americans leading at this point) always gets me super emotional, even through my computer screen.    Lola broke her hip, so hospital naps are needed when you’ve been going nonstop.  This is what happens when your co-workers challenge you to a photo contest on your walk to a bar after a baseball game.So this happened (don’t worry, it’s just the first half marathon).  #TeamDeflateGate was ready to take on Bay to Breakers!

Log Off Shut Down Go Run Virtual 10K Recap

Happy Wednesday! (did anyone else wake up this morning really pumped because they thought it was Thursday? womp womp womp). A few weeks ago I mentioned that GoneforaRun.com was hosting a virtual race at the end of April.

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Last Friday we were rocked (in a not good way) when we found out that our big global work trip for this summer was cancelled. The trip that a lot of people were scheduling their vacations around. The trip where I was going to get to finally see the family that I au paired for in college. The trip that I was tasked with all of the logistics, planning, organization, budgeting, etc for our entire (45-person) global team – accommodations, room rental, bus hire for transportation, catering, 3 more formal dinners at restaurants that I had researched, etc. To say I was bummed would be a severe understatement.

Because of this, Sunday was much needed! We had already planned a 5k for our students and we were psyched. The students were getting excited (and so many more signed up than last year) and we registered a 15 person staff team. We were all getting competitive as well, so we were all looking forward to it.

The staff before picture (before the race and before the rest of the staff showed up!)

Sunday morning came, I picked up a coworker and we drove over to Lake Merritt in Oakland and surprisingly found nearby parking really quickly. We walked to the Pergola to check in, use the bathroom and meet up with everyone. My allergies had started going haywire at 7am, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but knew that I had to split my 10k into 2 separate 5k’s because of the race and my allergies.

I started off too fast (not surprised) and was quickly dying haha. I haven’t run much this year because of work and commuting and realized that maybe you should practice and train for these things! It was only forecasted to be about 60 degrees which would have been perfect, but before it even started, all the clouds had left and the sun was out. It was easily 70 degrees when we started and the sun continued to beat down on us all morning.

And the after shot!

I was the #2 female until I had to stop and tie my shoe and was passed by about 10 people (bummer). Buttttt, the best part? Staff killed it. We took #1 male and #1 female (and our #1 male brought his wife and she took #3 female!). I was #4 staff which I’m ok with, but know I could have done better, had I been in better shape.

After the race we had a BBQ for them, and then I trekked it the hour drive home. After passing out for 45 minutes on the living room floor (yes, I’m that person after a hot, sunny run), I threw my laundry in, realized it was still windy and my allergies had taken over my life, so I had to do the second 5k in the garage on the treadmill with the door down. 

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Please don’t mind the mess – it’s a garage for a reason! And nursing a blister on the outside of my foot, I ran it barefoot! For some reason (maybe it’s not just me), running on the treadmill barefoot just sometimes feels way better than anything else.

 

 

Disclaimer: As a Gone For a Run ambassador, I was provided a complimentary race entry. No other compensation was received. All opinions are, as always, my own!

Log Off. Shut Down. Go Run Virtual 10k race

Through my partnership with Gone for a Run, I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in their Log Off, Shut Down, Go Run virtual 10k race – a really fun way to celebrate spring FINALLY arriving (sorry to those still buried in snow!), taking place between April 24-26. All you have to do it sign up, they’ll mail you your race packet and then you cover the 6.2 miles anytime between those dates, in any way you want, from anywhere! Virtual races are great because let’s face it, we’re all busy. Whether we have full-time jobs (in my case one of those + a couple PT jobs!), kids, our own business, etc., your love of running is still there, even if the time isn’t.  Virtual races allow you to find the time to run a race when it’s convenient for you!

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When you sign up (make sure you register prior to April 14th!), they’ll mail you a race shirt (either a Women’s Athletic Tank Top or a Men’s Lifestyle Tee), an awesome finishers medal, a real race bib and a car magnet. Make sure you register by April 14th so they have enough time to mail you your goodies!

And even better, if you post your race recap on their Facebook page, you’re eligible for a few prizes, including a BibFOLIO Plus (a portfolio for your bis plus the medal stand), Hooked On medal hanger, pillow or a beach towel.

 

Disclaimer: As a Gone For a Run ambassador I was given a complimentary race entry. No other compensation was received. All opinions, as with every post, are mine and mine alone.

US 1/2 marathon race recap

A million months late but I have a millisecond in between work to get a little blogging done (finally!) and scheduled to push out next week.

I ran the US 1/2 marathon at the beginning of November (yes, last year). I originally signed up for it and then tried to get my twin aunts to also sign up for it as their first half marathon since they were turning 50 that weekend. Clearly that idea didn’t go very far!

You can’t beat that pre-race view!

 

I ended up just running with Laura (one of the most awesome people/runners I’ve met!) and her friend Olivia.  Laura is a speedster, so she left us before we even hit the first mile marker!  Since I had just gotten back from India 2.5 weeks beforehand, had run Nike Womens 1/2 2 weeks before and done the Spartan Super the weekend before, I had zero goals for this race except to finish. I wasn’t sure how much my body was going to protest or how slow my time was going to be, but was looking forward to post-race lunch so I just kept thinking of that the entire time!

The weather was absolutely perfect and Olivia and I settled into a comfortable pace. I didn’t want to look at my watch throughout most of the race, so I just ran what felt comfortable. I knew Olivia had a time goal of beating 2:40, so I told her I would just run with her and make sure she hit that goal, even though she said I didn’t have to and could speed up. Since I had no time goals for myself, it was kind of nice to have options!  We kept running and I would push the pace a little, turn around to make sure she was still near me and slow down when I needed to.  At about mile 6 on the bridge, I asked how she was doing and she said just fine, so I picked it up a smidge. By the time we were on our way back from the bridge, I knew if we kept that pace (I didn’t let her walk the hills. Mean, I know), we would KILL her 2:40 time. Annnddd if we kept up the current pace (that I didn’t tell her we were doing), we could even slay 2:30.   We kept chugging along at a super comfortable pace for me (with the sun it was a little more draining, but still felt good).  We got to mile 12 and I told her that we were definitely going to kill her time, but wanted to save some gas for the final push.  On this course, there’s a final little uphill right before mile 13 (rude) and when we got to it, we slowed down a little to catch our breaths for the final stretch. At the top of the hill we gunned it as much as we could and ran our tiny legs off for the next .1 miles to the Finish Line, where Laura was waiting for us.

We ended up smashing that 2:40 time she was looking to beat, and I crossed the finish line at 2:19.42, about a 1.5 minute SF 1/2 marathon PR. What the what. The body is a  crazy, crazy thing.

We had some finish line wine (in our plastic water bottles, because we’re classy like that) and then headed up the hill to get some REAL post-race drinks.

Buena Vista always serves them up the best – and it’s like a little show when they make them all! Also, the awesome guy who makes them smiles zero times while you’re there. Zero. It’s my life goal to make him smile just once (I’ll take a smirk). Note to anyone wanting to try one on the weekend – they are almost always packed. Be prepared to stand for awhile while attempting to get a table or stool at the bar. We got lucky and there were a couple gents finishing up, so I went and asked if we could snag their stools. Success!

CHEERS! (I can’t remember if this was #1 or #2, but he does NOT skimp on the alcohol, that’s for sure!)

We had a super delicious lunch at Castagnola’s on the water and soaked in the sunshine – something that you’re never guaranteed in the city but always love! Carbo loading post-race to the max and it was so nice to just sit after we all ran our hearts out – until we had to go to the bathroom and it’s upstairs! haha

I will never never never turn down a post-race leg and foot massage, just in case you’re wondering.