Yes, Brooke’s facial expression is in fact telling you that she was born to crazy parents that get her up at 4:30 in the morning so that she can go watch 26,000 runners run around San Francisco.
We left the house at 5:15 and my chauffeur Billy got me right to the starting line at 6:15. Because it is part of my race day rituals to always forget something, I had to ask around to a million people for safety pins for my bib. Once I found some I started making my way to my coral. (The cool non-blurry photos are all from Billy. The fog for some reason made most of my pictures really blurry).
As I was casually waiting and taking self-portraits like any normal runner would do, my friend Paige walked right in front of me. We had wanted to meet up but my texting wasn’t working and so it was a miracle that we found each other.
We ran the first 3.5 miles together but I made her leave me because 1. she is incredibly speedy and 2. Billy made me pinky promise not to push myself so that I don’t get injured (something about it isn’t fun for him when I get injured and lay on the couch and cry all day).
The first few miles ran through the city and along the popular spots like Pier 39. It was really congested for the first two miles and I would like to apologize to the 70 people I almost tripped and almost tripped on.
About a mile after I made my friend zoom ahead I ran into SKINNY RUNNER and STUFTMAMA. This made me so happy because I love running with friends. It brought back a lot of memories of when SR and I ran the entire NYCM together! They are both incredible and ran the full marathon which is crazy to me that people could run 13 more miles after the crazy hills we climbed! WAY TO GO!!!
My favorite part of the entire race is below. After you run up a hill, you make a turn and see this incredible view (better in real life than in the picture) as you run downhill. You could see miles and miles of the shoreline and since my body forces me to always tear up at least once during a race, this was the time.
For some reason I thought that most of the race was in the city but it wasn’t which I really loved. So many gorgeous trees, views and beautiful neighborhoods throughout the course. We weren’t able to see the golden gate bridge because of the fog but that just gives me one more reason to run it next year.
We even ran by buffalo!
It was so great to run with these girls and talk to them the whole time. I wish they would just fly around to any race I wanted to run and run with me. The marathon and half marathon split at mile 12 and so I had to say goodbye to them.
The last mile was downhill and that felt amazing. I wish I could have gotten a better picture of this windmill because it was the coolest thing to run by at the end of a race.
I finished at about 1:42ish and felt great. My legs did start feeling sore about 10 minutes post race because the hills ate me alive… time to work on getting some muscles. By the way, this was a point to point race which are always my favorite.
I even got a shot of the firefighters in tuxedos passing out Tiffany’s necklace.
After you get your necklace they send you through the chute to get your shirt, banana, bagels, more fruit and water. The chocolate milk was found by this awesome tent! It was full of mats and foam rollers with a lady leading the group in different stretches. I probably should have taken advantage of this but didn’t stay long because I NEEDED to feed Brooke.
The best running friends ever. The cutest lady next to me is the one that I went running with the day before I had Brooke! Paige got a 1:33…. that is her time after coming back from an injury and taking it easy!?!? She also got to shake Kara Goucher’s hand at the finish and then I shook Paige’s hand so technically I shook hands with Kara Goucher. Mallory rocked it too and I loved meeting her!
Remember all of the chocolate that I showed you yesterday? Yeah, it is long gone.
Say hello to my new ‘wear everyday’ necklace.
How often do you run hills? How do you power yourself up them?
Do you prefer to run races by yourself or with other people?
What is the prettiest race that you have ever done?
What was the best part about your weekend?
-Definitely the race!