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NW 1/2 M Race Re-cap

23 Oct

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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.
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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)
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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! 🙂
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I reunited with Kara and Kristen who both had great races!!
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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??

I heart San Francisco

22 Oct

I was away again last weekend. In San Francisco to be exact. Kara and I scored some slots to the Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon from Nuun!
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I did this race in 2009 with Mandi and Abbey. We had such a fun weekend and race. It was a gorgeous day and we took lots of pictures!!

I arrived Friday morning just in time for the BART strike. I ended up taking 2 bus’ into the city from Oakland. There was another lady doing the same thing as me. It worked out well. We chatted for the 1hour 45minute rides and made it go by way faster!

The bus dropped us off conveniently right down the street from Kara’s office. We met up, hit up a great lunch spot, and headed to the expo.
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The expotique is different from other expos. Obviously Nike is the main sponsor so there was a booth talking about the new fuelbands(I kind of want one) and a fashion show type deal with a new line of clothes. The other sponsors had booths too: Nuun, Whole Foods, Paul Mitchell, Neutrogena, and Luna Bar. I wish they would put it in a bigger space. It is so crowded and there is lines for everything!

There was going to be a “special” gift because of the 10th anniversary! Exciting right?? Shoelaces!! Are you kidding me?? Stupid!!

We headed over to NikeTown to spend our paychecks.

Everyone's names are printed on the side of Niketown

Everyone’s names are printed on the side of Niketown

Saturday was spent: relaxing. We went to the Mission. We went to Bi-Rite because no trip to SF would be complete unless you went there. Kara and Todd had never been there and I am pretty sure I have changed their lives forever!!!
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They were small scoops!!

They were small scoops!!

We hung out at Dolores Park for much of the afternoon. Lots going on there. People hula-hooping, skateboarding, drinking, eating, selling pot brownies…the list goes on and on. We also got to see the 2 Macaws racing around the air.
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We went for an amazing dinner pizza dinner and went to bed early!
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What is your favorite part of San Francisco?
Have you been to Dolores Park and seen the Macaws??