I have noticed that I like to do a theme with Friday posts and had 3 with Friday Favorites, Foodie Friday, and Friday Fun. Now I am adding Flashback Friday to the mix and I will just rotate through them every week to keep it interesting.
This weekend I am running the See Jane Run Half Marathon in Alameda! This will be the 3rd time I have ran this race and what makes it the most special is that it was my very first half marathon! This weekend it will be my 19th! Yowza.
Me, Tara, and Kristin as baby runners!
I was training for the San Francisco Full Marathon as my main goal, but the girls and I found this race and decided to sign up to get some race practice in. It was a cool, cloudy morning and we were all excited and nervous. I do have a sort of race report, but it was before I wrote in depth ones.
Some things I remember:
- We did a warm up jog and stretch session. We were all nervous and weren’t sure if we should be stretching or what before hand but we did!
- We found a random bathroom to use to avoid the porta potties. I don’t remember being as obsessed about the bathroom as I am now pre-race. Oh to go back to those days!
- We were chatting away and all of a sudden everyone was moving! Guess the race had started.
- These are my very first pair of Nike Tempo Shorts!
- I loved running into the finish line and pushing myself that last bit. I was very proud of myself!
- We had champagne after, but only ended up taking a sip. The bagels and peanut butter tasted much better at the time.
- When the official results first were posted, the times were a couple minutes off. I was so confused why my Garmin said 1:51 and the official results said 1:48. They were eventually corrected and my official time was 1:51:03.
- After we went to Katy’s Kreek for the first time ever, which to anyone who has ran with us in the bay area knows that this is our GO TO place. I have eaten there so many times since then – yum!
- After I went to a wedding where I drank a lot of wine, ate a huge ice cream sundae from their sundae bar (best idea ever!) and danced away on my sore feet. I was telling everyone “I ran a half marathon today!”
This weekend I don’t really have any goals time-wise, I just want to have fun and enjoy the race. My legs are finally starting to feel semi-normal again after a month of feeling tired and heavy, but I haven’t done any speed work or tapered at all for this race. I am just treating it as another training run. The weather should be rainy and cool – which is my favorite – and I am looking forward to the champagne and chocolate at the end!
What was (will be) your first big race?