Last weekend yours truly put on her orange sparkle and took to the streets of San Francisco for the inaugural Rock 'n' roll Half Marathon SF.
But first, I went to the Expo where I met Nicole (yay!) and hung out doing a little a shopping, talking and schwag collecting. There were lots of vendors & booths with tons of things to giveaway. This was probably one of the better expos I have been to. The vendors were really friendly and I was actually interested in the races and products offered. The entire experience was hassle-free and flawless. Nicole and I had a great time! I even met up again with Sarah Bowen Shea of anothermotherrunner.com which was really lovely. I am such a fan of she and Dimity, both of whom I had the privilege of meeting at the Disneyland Half Marathon Meet-Up last September.
Despite my best intentions, my training wasn't PR caliber for this race. In addition to all of this madness, we were remodeling our laundry room. My only race goals were to: 1. ENJOY 2. Find my race friends and give hugs and smiles 3. ENJOY 4. leave San Francisco & head back to my house early enough to help my honey tile the floor.
I arrived early on race morning and parked in my favorite, conveniently located $10 lot & took a nap. A little while later I made my way towards the start where I met with Nicole again and her super nice mom. We also met Elvis!
5,000 of us lined up in corrals at Aquatic Park in perfect, cool, San Francisco weather. The corrals were well organized, the crowd was really energetic, the weather was perfect and I could feel this would this be an amazing race. Just a couple of minutes after the start time I was off! Following the same course as the US Half Marathon, we headed towards the Marina, Crissy Field and the Presidio before reaching the Golden Gate Bridge. This is such a fantastic course. I cannot tell you enough how magical it is to run through San Francisco on a day like this.
Approaching the bridge was so much fun, and the view from the bridge was gorgeous. Running across the bridge was surreal. Luckily it wasn't a foggy day! Perfect photo opportunities were available to anyone willing to stop running. This was definitely my favorite part of the race - although there were many favorite spots along the course. Soon we looped back around and under the GG to make our back to Aquatic Park via the GG (again!) and Fort Mason.
By miles 11-12 I was walking a lot more than I was running. I was afraid to push myself much harder knowing I had a 10K the following weekend that I wanted to PR. I knew I'd finish in a PR time over my Nike Women's Marathon finish and that was good enough for me! Plus, frankly, the route the last few miles was stunning as well. And a slower paced walk/run allowed me to take it all in.
Almost too soon after it started, the race was over. Finish line, medal, mylar blanket, Jamba Juice. Done. But wait, there is still free beer to drink and floors to tile!
After the race, I met up with this fab crew of runners and we shared course stories while drinking the free beer. We're so cool we got photo bombed.
Overall, this was really fun race. You win anytime you're running in San Francisco. Running across the Golden Gate bridge was spectacular, the water stations and volunteers were well organized. I didn't hit any snags or bumps in the road. I LOVED the Jamba Juice and mylar blankets at the finish line. Really nice touch! Competitor Group did a fab job! I'm curious to see if they are able to add more "Rock 'n' Roll" into the race course race next year since the majority music was located close to the finish. The only way to find out is to run it again!