Tag Archives: RNR San Francisco 1/2 marathon

RNR San Fran 1/2 Marathon

9 Apr

Sunday at 7am was the start of the inaugural Rock N Roll San Francisco 1/2 Marathon. Sunday was also my birthday! Now I know most people on their birthday would rather be lazy or relax or do whatever they want. No not me! I am totally crazy and wanted to run a 1/2 marathon on my birthday!

Don decided that we needed to leave the house 2 hours before the race started. Which meant a 4:20 wake up call. I went out to the kitchen to put my bagel in the toast, Happy Birthday Leslie, Sylvester(the cat) ate half of it last night. What?? I ended up having some oatmeal. I have only started to eat oatmeal but I have never tried it before a run. There goes “nothing new on race day!!”

It was still dark. We had lots of time to hang out. Here is Alana and I with Alcatraz in the background as the sun came up:

You may have noticed the giant cupcake on my head?!? Tracy got me this cupcake headband a couple of years ago for my birthday so now I wear it every year. You also may have noticed I plastic wrapped the entire headband because I sweat like a beast and I may have ruined it, if there had not been any “protection.” I also wanted to wear it the rest of the day! 🙂

Plan A: PR 2:08:xx if I was having a fantastic day.
Plan B: 2:10-2:12 Pretty much what I was expecting
Plan C: Anything over 2:12 I would have been happy just as long as the race went good!!

Alana and I decided we were going to run together. I was nervous for multiple reasons. 1-She is fast and strong. But she had a baby(Emilia) 6 months ago. Lucky for me she has not been working on her speed…but she does push the baby stroller!! She is just getting back into racing after doing Boston at 18 weeks pregnant! 2-I did not want to go out too fast and blow up at the end! We decided we were going to run strong and have fun!

Here is the Elevation chart-Not exactly an easy course! 🙂

Onto the race. Alana, Ilana, and I started in corral 10.
We went directly uphill when we started! Dang it! Just ease into it! We went downhill. We had some flats.

First couple of miles we were warming up.
The Golden Gate Bridge was ahead of us. The fog was disappearing as we were getting closer.

We hit some more hills going into Golden Gate Park. Not just some hills. Some steep hills. We had just hit the 5k mark going uphill. We passed a guy who (looked like) taking some coverage of a speed walker. He yelled out I like your cupcake. He asked if it was my birthday. I said yes…but totally out of breath! He ended up signing me Happy Birthday in Italian. What a treat that was. We kept chugging up the hills until we were very close to the bridge.

Another photo-op:

We were at about mile 5 pretty much on track for a 2:10. I am glad that they capped the entrants to 5,000 because it was crowded but not awful on the bridge. We did a far amount of weaving in and out of people. Our pace slowed a bit but the views were amazing.

We hit the half way mark. Had a steep downhill on trail no less. This was the view:

We proceeded to go directly up a steep hill back to the other side of the bridge. We were keeping an eye out for friends that were in front of us and in back of us. We saw Ilana. It was so fun…we screamed to her!!

I had a lot of people comment on my cupcake. A lot of people said Happy Birthday. That was fun!

We were still weaving in and out of people. We wanted to try to get some “free” speed with the slight decline on the bridge. We got to mile 9 just off the bridge. Still feeling good. Had a little more steep downhill than flat gravel trail. At this point I stopped looking at my watch. Just after 10 I was feeling the burn and I know if I had not been running with Alana…I would have slowed down. Dig deep!

The flat gravel lasted maybe another mile and a half?! We hit mile 12 and we were at 1:59. (I only know that cause Alana told me) 🙂 We had to go uphill one last time…someone kill me! A guy did say he liked my muffin hat. That was funny. Another short downhill. We were all of a sudden on flat ground with maybe a quarter-mile to go. We talked about how fun the race was and that we were happy to have run it together!

Monica from Run Eat Repeat passed me right before we hit the finish line. I yelled Go Monica and she waved! I knew she was running the race as well but figured she would be way in front of me. She was one of the “celebrities” I met at the Surf City Expo.

2:10:08! Not a PR but awesome race. I accomplished all of my GOALS! Had such a fun birthday run.

The medal is easily one of my top 3 favorite RNR medals! It has a red ribbon too which is awesome because they are always blue.

I have done a ton of RNR races and this was my favorite so far!! Awesome Course!! Very organized for an inaugural event! Unfortunately they are going to change the course next year.

Have you ever done a RNR race?

What do u like to do on your birthday?

Love San Francisco

5 Apr

I love San Francisco!!!

I decided for my 34th birthday that I would run the RNR Inaugural San Francisco 1/2 marathon. I caught my flight down south last night. Had a fun evening catching up with my friends, Don and Alana. Had a great night sleep!

Today we had a leisurely morning. Went for a 2 mile “easy” run with an average pace of 9:22s! Then headed into the city.

Our first stop: PANCHO VILLA. My favorite mexican joint in the bay area. You always know it is good “mexican” food when there is a ton of mexicans eating there! 🙂 I had the super vegetarian burrito.
I have to carb-load right?!? Delicious!!

After eating lunch, we hit up one of my favorite ice cream shops: Bi-Rite!!!
So many flavors…How am I suppose to pick?

If you noticed, I had 3 scoops. (Again I am carb-loading) 🙂 It was ONLY a double but you can get 2-3 flavors. I had salted caramel, malted vanilla, and coffee toffee. Amazing. Never disappoints!

We walked over to Delores Park. Good views of the city. It was a nice day. Cloudy with sun breaks. No jacket. Awesome!!

We headed to the expo.

We hit up the Nuun booth.

Then I bought a pair of Hokas. They were not giving a discount but they were giving out SF Running Company hats. What a deal! HA!

I am super excited to try these shoes out. They are supposed to be better for recovery. I bet you are thinking…they are ugly?! Well you are right! But very comfortable. It will be fun to try them out next week!

I also picked up one of these bad boys.

I have done the distance! It is about time I put this magnet on my car. 🙂

Awesome first day! Excited for the next 2!!

Have you heard of Hokas?

What is your favorite US city?

What is your flavor of ice cream?

Fantastic Four Thing FRIDAY!!

29 Mar

It is Friday again. How did that happen. It seems to come quicker and quicker every week.

1-Yesterday, a friend sent an email to a group of us that are doing Wildflower. Countdown: 35 days until go time! The title of the email was: Oh Crap! The thread was pretty funny. There was about 8 of us on it. It will be the first time for all of them. 4th time for me. I assured them they will be well-trained up, ready to hit the Nasty Grade and all other “fun” stuff pertaining to the Woodstock of Triathlon!

I accidentally found this, this morning.
I promptly sent this to the group.

2-I went to Starbucks to get a breakfast sandwich because I had a coupon. They always have the daily horoscopes out.
I am pretty sure they are talking about my Nuun application. Dang it!!

3-I was dying to make sugar cookies this weekend. I did not get to make any at Christmas. (I blame you…TT Lee!!) 🙂 I thought it would be fun to make them for Easter. I thought it would be too much work. THEN I came across this recipe. Sugar Cookie Bars! HELLO!!
It is a GIANT sugar cookie!!

I will tell you what I like about it:
1-It has the consistency of a sugar cookie.
2-It tastes like a sugar cookie.
3-It has cream cheese in it, but you can not taste it.
4-I did not have to chill it or cut shapes out of it.
5-Super easy!

I will tell you what I do not like about it:
1-The almond extract (It is ok but I will delete it the next time I make it because this recipe is going in my permanent collection.

If you are lucky enough to be helping me with my “project” tomorrow you will get one!!

4-San Francisco is one of my favorite places to visit. There are so many things to do. Good food and restaurants. Awesome ice cream places!! I will be there one week from TODAY to celebrate my 34th birthday and to run the Rock in Roll inaugural San Francisco 1/2 marathon. Watch out San Fran…Leslie is coming to visit!

The route is going to be awesome! We get to run over the Golden Gate Bridge. I cannot express to you how excited I am to be running this on my birthday!

How was your Friday?