I’m going to try to get all this race recap business all in this morning during my “office hours”. I have fun pre race festivities too to share and one heck of a post race adventure, but in hopes to not bore you to death I’ll just talk race recap this fine morning.
Let’s see, where do I even start? This race was a first for me. The second time actually traveling to a destination race, but the first time going solo. It was weird. My last marathon was the San Francisco Marathon just a couple months ago. STUFT Daddy came with me for that one, but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t too unhappy about missing all the crowds and festivities this time.
Race morning I was up at 4:30 am. Not to brag or anything, but not only can I force down black coffee before races, but I can make a mean cup of oatmeal using the hotel coffee machine.
I always make sure to set out my race outfit the night before so I don’t have to think too much race morning.
Here’s a look.
Don’t mind my foot in the picture. Oops.
Running attire- Inspire For Women shirt from YurBuds, Under Armour shorts, Handful sports bra, Pro Compression socks, Mizuno Elixirs, Bic Bands headband, YurBuds, Amphipod racing belt, Timex Women’s Ironman watch, cheapo sunglasses, hand me down jacket to ditch once it got warm enough
I got a cab on time for a change and had to document it with a picture of course.
Once I got to Union Square there were lots of people everywhere. They had a bunch of different wave starts and fancy hotels nearby though so it was pretty spread out. I made myself feel at home on the floor of the Westin lobby to finish off breakfast.
After a couple trips to the fancy hotel bathroom and attempting to do something with my hair, it was time to get my bib on and go.
There were some really fun outfits there. I even saw a group of ladies dressed up like flappers. It was definitely a feminine feeling race with a lot of ladies looking all cute and stuff. Yeah, I didn’t really fit in. Ha.
Despite all the people it was pretty easy to find my corral start.
I always get to the start line about 10-15 minutes at the earliest. I’m sure that’s not really the way to do it, but I get too antsy if I’m there early. I like a little pressure. While I was pushing my way up to the front I ran into Gia.
All the FitFluential runners who were at the race with YurBuds were easy to spot since we all had the same shirt.
About one minute before start time and after yet a couple more random pictures,
I decided I wanted to get a little closer to the start line. I found Skinny Runner right up there with all the fast people.
We chatted for about 30 seconds before the gun went off and we were on our way.
I have never ran with anyone before during a race. Without even asking, I tagged along with her. Luckily she was nice enough to let me. She is the queen of racing and running.
It was so fun chatting during the race. It definitely makes the time go by faster. After a couple miles the cuter than cute Hungry Runner Girl caught up with us. She was running the half marathon and she just had her daughter two months ago. Yeah, she’s amazing.
It was an honor running with these ladies.
The course was pretty hilly at the beginning. Not just a couple hills, but quite a few. The weather was nice though. Chilly, foggy, wet. Good racing conditions, not good conditions for wearing a white racing shirt.
I was too cold and lazy to get out my camera to take many pictures along the way, but I managed just a few.
I decided to borrow just a couple.
Janae left us around mile 11 since she was doing the half. I’m not going to lie, when she left I really wanted to turn that direction with her. It’s always a hard pill to swallow seeing other people getting close to the finish when you still have 13 miles to go.
I use my Nike+ GPS application on my phone when I race. I’m not cool enough to have a Garmin like all the good runners. Maybe some day. I have my Nike app+ set so the lady tells me each mile and my pace. She was a little off yesterday though and was about a half mile ahead. Basically, we were not friends.
The course was pretty and you got to see a lot of San Francisco. The city, Fisherman’s Wharf, the beautiful parks, some buffalo and the entrance into the zoo. The last part of the race was along the ocean and it was awesome.
It was relatively quiet along the course, but the scenery was amazing and thank goodness the second half was pretty flat after the hills during the first half.
One of many random thoughts along the way-
It is not okay for men to hold signs that say “This is easier than childbirth.” How do they even know?
At about mile 15 I decided it was time for a little music and to see if I could get under 3:30 which was my goal for yesterday. I was feeling pretty good and despite having to pee around mile 11 or so, I wasn’t having any stomach issues like the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon so I decided to go for it.
Around mile 21 things were starting to hurt and my legs were really getting tired, but the last few miles went pretty quickly.
I say the following simple phrase to myself a lot the last few miles:
“Let’s do this.”
it’s so great when you finally see that 26 mile marker and then the finish line.
I guess that’s a a little small to read so here’s my official results.
3rd place in 35-39 age group out of 621
50th place out of all the women
I had heard there were firemen at the finish handing out the medals in Tiffany boxes. Friends, firemen in tuxedos there were.
Skinny Runner and I met up again at the finish with our favorite man.
My very first blue Tiffany box (pictured with my two loves Mizuno shoes and Pro Compression socks).
Just to not make this way too long, here’s some random finish line festivities.
They had these wraps to keep us warm. Those were key.
They also had Safeway reusable bags to put all the goodies in. Those were key too. They need those ant every race. You can only hold so much you know.
We got some free Neutrogena sunscreen.
Then we made our way to the YurBuds tent to thank our friends for the race.
Um, have I mentioned how much I love Sarah? Seriously, love her. I’m a stinking old fart compared to her, but I just pretend I’m about 5 years younger. I also really need her to give me some beauty tips. She looks amazing even at the end of races.
We bypassed the Paul Mitchell hair station. How cool though that they had this at the finish right?
Too bad they didn’t have free Botox.
After saying good bye to Sarah, I ran into my favorite electrolyte drink Nuun booth. I told them I applied for their Hood to Coast relay and got rejected, but that I’m going to keep applying until they let me in. I’m not sure they were impressed, but they were nice enough to chat with me and give me a Nuun tablet for the road.
I chose the tropical flavor since I hadn’t tried that one yet. It was awesome.
After just a couple more pictures (like you haven’t seen enough)
I said good bye to the finish line and headed out to find my way back to the hotel.
That is an adventure all in it’s own. I won’t bore you with it now, since I’ve already blabbed way too much, but let me just tell you it took me just as long to get back to my hotel than it did to run the marathon.
It wasn’t fun, it was expensive and it involved a dead cell phone, a sheriff, and some very nice strangers that gave me a ride and rescued me.
More on that later.
Some other goodies at the finish line that made it in my bag were Zico Coconut water, Luna protein bars and Ghirardelli chocolate.
Okay. That’s all for now. Thank goodness, huh?
I’ve got to go hang with my boys and check on the butternut squash I’ve got roasting in the oven.
Because of you, I have another marathon in the books, amazing new friends, some extra inspiration to run another one soon and my very first Tiffany necklace that I will treasure forever.
Have a great day!