On Sunday I ran the Nike Women’s half marathon in San Francisco. This was my second year running it. You can see my recap from last year’s race here.
This year, I decided not to really race it….it was going to be more about having fun and enjoying a big race with lots of women! Plus, Leslie and Kara were also going to be running, so I thought it would be fun to catch up with them.
I didn’t attend the expo, since I picked up my packet in Sacramento the previous week.
From last year, I knew that the streets before the race were going to be packed with people!! 30,000 runners is a lot! If you are in the faster pace corrals, they seem to be a little less crowded…at least comparing the back of the 8-8:59 pace to the 9-9:59 pace…but maybe the others are too if you are toward the back. I met up with Kara and Leslie about 45 minutes before race start. Bag check and bathrooms were easy to get through and pretty well organized. I didn’t check anything, but the other girls did.
We started right on time at 6:30am! Check out this photos from Nike of the start of the race. I love seeing images like this!
Leslie and I planned to run together as long as we could. Kara’s goal was to run a sub-2 hour half, but she started out by running easy with me and Leslie. It was nice to chat and catch up — I don’t usually get to talk to people while I’m out on a run. It really made the miles fly by! Kara sped up and went on her way somewhere around 1.5 miles. Leslie and I chatted about all sorts of things along our way.
We stayed together through the first few hills, but lost one another around mile 8.5. We had already discussed that if we got separated at some point and couldn’t meet back up, we would just run on our own the rest of the way and meet up afterward.
Quick side note: I kind of love running the hills early in the morning in SF during this race. Everyone who was previously talking gets quiet. There aren’t really any spectators in this area in the Presido, so it is really quiet. Both last year and this year it was very foggy. It makes for a really cool experience….running with many other people trying to make the same goal of getting up a steep incline….listening to only the breathing of yourself and the other runners around you.
Once Leslie and I got separated, I decided to pick up the pace and make the last 4.5 miles a little faster than marathon pace. We averaged the first 8.5 miles at 10:05/mile. For the last few miles, I think I averaged close to an 8:30/mile pace. Another nice thing is this part of the race is also mostly down hill. I had so much fun this entire race! I mean, check out the smiles in my race photos!! LOVE!
After the finish, I met back up with Leslie and Kara, and we picked up our necklaces and shirts. They are pretty!
This was a fun way to get in some hilly training and enjoy the race environment with some friends, even if I didn’t actually race it. So much fun!
Sounds like so much fun! I would love to not race a race one day soon and run with some good friends. Glad you had a good time and the necklace is great 🙂
You are adorable! This race looks like so much fun. I want to do it some day. And I want to have fun with it the way you did!
I kind of love doing races for fun! I'll probably do a couple in late November just to get out there after the marathon.
Such a fun race! So glad we got to run and chat even for the small amount we did. Let's do it again soon.
Great pictures, way to rep the HTC relay! So jealous you got to reunite with Nuunies…I honestly got a little tear in my eye when I saw the pictures of you three!
I am so so happy to read this!!! It's second best to having lunch together and hearing it in person! Sounds like some beautiful scenery and good friends 🙂 I miss you so much!
So.MUCH.Fun!!! So happy it worked out to run together!!! Can't wait for the next race!!!
What a fun race! It sounded like so much fun and so jealous that you had a mini reNUUNion! Congratulations!!
Racing just to run is a great sometimes. I was just telling someone, “You just can't race all the time – it's physically exhausting, but also REALLY mentally exhausting!!”
And can I, once again, gush about how freakin' AWESOME your arms look? I (platonically) love your arms. And back, probably – but I can't see that in these pics. 🙂
What a fun run (and sweet finisher's necklace)! Definitely on my bucket list 🙂 Congrats!