Crossing the line at the San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon! So happy to be done!!
Conservatory of Flowers spanning across to the runners on the road during the San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon!
The San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon - Race Day
I’ll try and keep this short. The 2nd Half unlike the first half and the full marathon starts in Golden Gate Park. So we were up fairly early to shower, eat, get dressed and make our way to the bus to take us to the park.
The 2nd half area wasn’t crowded yet and it was a nice feeling to have some breathing room, at least for a little while. It can be quite chilly in SF even and perhaps especially during the summer and the race organizers planned well and offered heat lamps, a nice surprise for sure. We had about 1 1/2 hours till the race started so I walked around, sat down to save my back and also watched the fast sub 3-4 hour marathoners come by. It was very cool to watch.
The time came for our wave to go. I wished hubby well and we were both off running. I forgot our course had an out and back not too far along the course so I snapped a pic of hubby. (see if you can spot him ;-))
Golden Gate Park is beautiful and it was my favorite part of the 2nd half marathon. Although it was a bit more humid than I expected it was still gorgeous and I stopped to take lots of pictures. Once out of the park and into the Haight the humidity dropped but not the hills like I was expecting. Lots of rollers and I did great for the most part but I was getting a little tired as well as having some funky foot and calf twinges, but I toughed it out. I think I got a little more fatigued since I ran about 80% of the course and ran all the hills and only walked minimally. Normally I’d use a run walk ratio but went more by feel this time. Looking back maybe something to evaluate till I become a stronger runner. So new lessons to be learned. Towards the end I thought about walking it in as I didn’t want to risk a permanent injury, but I decided to keep going and since it hurt more to walk I just ran. Plus we had to get back home, so I took it easy and tried to enjoy the sights as best I could. The drummers really picked me up and the beat aligned with my feet hitting the ground so that was quite fun and motivating.The AT&T park is also a cool place and nice to see since I knew it meant I was getting close to the Embarcadero and the finish line. I was so happy to cross that finish line, now it was a mad dash to get my water, get food, take photos, pick up medals and get myself back to the hotel room. I did it all!! Sore as heck but we did it.
It was a super fast trip but hubby did a fantastic job planning it all and had a pretty good race himself!
I can’t wait to run the Full next year and now I’ll know what to expect!
Stats: 2:36:35 11:57 pace Missed a PR by a minute ;-(. Not bad all things considered.
I have too many pics from the San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon.
So here’s a quick post of some race morning pre-race pictures. I’ll have the official race recap next. We arrived early and it paid off in having a fresh porta potty…and only a runner would appreciate that. The other great thing the SF organizers offered were heating lamps and the runners were drawn to them like moths to a light but I totally snoozed and forgot to take a pic.
The first photo is a view from our hotel room looking down on the first half runners passing by. They start a full 3 hours before the 2nd half. The next is the start line of our race and the third, a nice lake near the start and also near the road where the marathoners were passing by.
San Francisco Half Marathon - 2nd Half
We’ve been planning this trip to SF for over a year after we heard that the SF Marathon has a “Half it All” Challenge where you get more bling and hubby loves that. So when you complete the 1st half like we did last year and then complete the 2nd half you get an extra medal.
This was a quick trip. The first day consisted mostly of driving but we did do a few things once we arrived. First stop, the Hyatt Embarcadero, a nice hotel albeit a bit dated but still the lobby and views were beautiful. We were lucky to get our room and store our bags before we headed to lunch and then catch the bus to the Expo. Our original plans for lunch included the Hog Island Oyster Company, but the line proved too long and we were hungry so we opted for Ferry Plaza Seafood next door and grabbed some chowder. Next up was the bus drive to the Expo. A much better experience this time around. I was able to exchange my shirt on the spot, not sure the volunteer was supposed to do that but I was appreciative nonetheless. The flow also seemed better and the building not as stuffy as last year. We also met one of hubby’s ultra-runner goddesses Catra Corbett, who I happen to think is awesome as well. Before long we decided we were getting a bit tired and headed back to the hotel to rest before dinner. It was soon time to head back to the Ferry Building for dinner at the Market Bar. Indulged in a nice dinner and even dessert the night before the race. Soon it was time to walk back and we would start our prep for Race Day!! That’s Day 1!!
Courthouse wifi stinks. Hope to still have race report up today sometime, at least day 1.
Jury duty this morning. If I can’t get excused the SF half marathon race recap will happen sooner :-)
Another half marathon in the books. In our rush to get home for a father’s day dinner I blanked out and forgot to post I finished the race. Had some bad calf and leg cramps towards the end but finished. I did miss my PR by a minute or so but feel good all things considered. Race recap coming soon.
2:36:38 unofficial time.
Being the first one…well girl to use the porta potty at a race.