NW 1/2 M Race Re-cap

23 Oct

Nike Womens 1/2 Marathon 2013
GOALS: 1–To have fun
2–I did not know how my legs would feel. My right hamstring was a bit cranky. I barely did anything between Chicago and this. I know you guys are probably thinking … Oh yeah right. She probably swam, did spin class, biked to work, was running still… No none of that. I knew if I was going to survive this race I better rest up! I did a 4 mile shake out run on Thursday. THAT.IS.IT!! 🙂
3–When I did this race in 2009. We all ran together. Had gorgeous weather, stopped and took lots of pictures…ended with a 2:27:xx. I kind of wanted to beat that!
4–That is all!

4:35: Awake. It was so early! Had breakfast, got dressed, and we were out the door by 5:20.

5:45: Kara and I met up with Kristen in the 8-8:59 corral.

At HTC I joked with Kristen about how she should have a recovery run(she runs faster than me usually) and run with me at NWM! She said yes!! SCORE!

6:30: The three of us took off. Kara ran the first 2 miles with us but she was going for a sub 2 so she broke off. I was only there to survive! Kristen and I had a nice pace going.

credit: NWM FB page

credit: NWM FB page

We started in the dark at Union Square. Starts on a slight downhill through downtown to Embarcadero. Flattened out along that stretch. We just cruised right along. The miles flew by. (10:06, 10:10, 9:56)

We went by Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf. The first hill comes at 4ish right at Ghirardelli Square and continues over Fort Mason. (10:05, 9:42) We cruised along the bay. Usually there are epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge but it was super foggy. 😦 (10:05)

We got into the real work at about this time. Up through the Presido. Straight uphill. I slowed but kept running. Kristen went a little ahead of me but I caught her at the aid station. (11:25, 9:29)
Me: You can leave me whenever you want!!
Kristen: We will see! If anything I will meet you at the finish!
Me: Perfect!

We just kept cruising right along. The miles were still going by fast. Running through the Richmond neighborhood. Up some more hard climbing Kristen and I got separated a little after the 8 mile maker. (11:02) I put my headphones on at 9 miles and it was still foggy!! (10:04)

We had some nice downhill running along the Sea Cliff and by the Cliff House. I had not been watching the watch at all. I had no idea how I was doing. At mile 10 I thought I would take a look. 1:42. Not bad at all! Quite exciting actually. I still felt relatively good. (9:55)

Big crowd going into Golden Gate Park because we were real close to the finish line. 2 more miles in the park and then back out to the highway for the finish!! The miles clicked by just as the entire race did. (10:18, 9:40)

DONE!! 2:14:50! SO.MUCH.FUN!!! I even beat my time from last time. Maybe it was a good thing it was foggy or I would have wanted to take more pictures! 🙂

I reunited with Kara and Kristen who both had great races!!


We had an epic brunch at Outerlands. It was a huge wait but well worth it. We were so hungry we could not even get any pictures!

Before I flew out Sunday night we met up with Alana and Don in Berkeley. We hit up Cream for dessert. IMG_3119[1]

I want to franchise one of these places in Portland. I think it would do good!!!

My life MOTTO!

My life MOTTO!

Thanks to Kara for an AWESOME weekend and Thanks to Kristen for an AWESOME run!!

Did anyone else race last weekend??

13 Responses to “NW 1/2 M Race Re-cap”

  1. Jonathan94002 October 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM #

    I just loved that race, Leslie! Even with the crowds, (maybe because of them), it’s a lot of fun. I’m glad that you had a good time as well. Sorry that I missed your visit here. 😦

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats October 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

      I love that race too!! It is for such a great cause!! You would have definitely seen me if I would have my had my cupcake on my head!! 🙂

  2. Kristen L October 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM #

    Yay!!! SO glad we were able to run a bunch of the race together!! It made the time fly by. Such a blast. 🙂

    PS. CREAM looks like an incredible place. I have never been there, but next time I’m in Berkeley (maybe in 1.5 weeks!) I will definitely have to go.

  3. Change of Pace October 23, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    Aw- congratulations on another super race! You are seriously on fire this year!!
    I can’t believe how foggy it looks! And I love the race shirts!
    How are you feeling now?

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats October 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM #

      Thanks!!!! I think in all the times I have been in SF this was the foggiest day!!! Crazy!!
      I am taking it super easy again this week. Feeling pretty good!! 🙂

  4. birdlegs October 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM #

    Great Recap! So much fun!! Until Ragnar.

  5. Luv What You Do October 25, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

    I’ve heard of this tiffany necklace race. Looks like a BLAST!

  6. Kamie davis October 27, 2013 at 10:21 PM #

    Good job. Sounds like just what you needed after your last race. Love the shirt and the necklace you got.

  7. erin November 4, 2013 at 5:43 AM #

    Yay for a super fun race! Congrats! This race is on my bucket list! I see Karl the Fog was out in full force, too 🙂

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