Earlier today I ran the Diva's Half Marathon San Francisco. Only my 2nd half marathon ever, but already my least favorite. A major downgrade when the only races you have ever run are runDisney races. Packet pick-up went smoothly for me last night, although my friend Lianna and her mom we not able to get their tech tees. I myself had been on a waiting list for the race and didn't even know I'd be running until my credit card was charged. At that point it was too late to do anything but show up and run as they refused to refund me the money. So show up and run is exactly what I did!
With a smile on my face I was ready to take on the 13.1 mile challenge, but I was still not happy with the overall experience leading into the race. It wasn't just the fact that I couldn't get my money back. It was everything. First of all the race is in Burlingame, just south of SFO, not in San Francisco. The course winds along Coyote Point Park in San Mateo, which is beautiful, but narrow and open to the public. I often found myself running in a zig zag in order to move forward. At times I even moved to the side so a cyclist could ride by.
To be fair, my expectations had been set very high after the Neverland 5K and the Princess Half Marathon, so I was caught off-guard but what may very well be "routine" race amenities. No entertainment, no music, a crowded course, a late start.
That doesn't mean I didn't have a good time. It's impossible for me to not have fun! I really enjoyed being on the bay. I love where I live and am blessed to be able to run anywhere - especially here.
At mile 11 my knee was killing me. I slowed my pace to 30 second walk, 30 second run until I heard someone call my name. It was Christine - a new friend and another runDisney runner. We chatted and kept each other company until we reached the finish line where we were greeted by hunks, medals and feather boas. I liked this part. A lot.
Do I recommend this race to other Bay Area runners? Yes. And I will explain why: I am not an expert runner. I am not an expert half marathon runner. While my experience leading into this race was not a positive one, I ran, I accomplished a goal and enjoyed myself. The medal and post-race festivities were fabulous, and the women along the course were fun to chat with. Go Divas!