I had a feeling this was going to be a weekend full of runner love and it sure was!
This was my 5th year in a row participating in one of races that the San Francisco Marathon puts on. It seems that I have started somewhat of a pattern with the SFM events:
- 2008 Full Marathon
- 2009 First Half Marathon
- 2010 Second Half Marathon
- 2011 Full Marathon
- 2012 First Half Marathon
- Hmm what will 2013 be?
I was also lucky enough to be an Ambassador for the 2nd year in a row! The weekend had already been full of fun Ambassador events and race day was no different.
This race starts early, and when commuting in from the East Bay, it means there is a very early alarm clock. My wonderful dog Kylie decided to wake me up at 2:45, 15 minutes before my alarm was going off, so I just got up and stayed up. After a cup of coffee, I got ready and quietly headed out the door to pick up Cate (the new East Bay resident!!!) and Sima. We made it into the city with no problems, got a great parking spot and walked over to the start line area.
After taking our time using the bathrooms, dropping off our bags and finding Kristin, we eventually made our way to the wave entrances. We headed into Wave 4 and easily found Courtney and soon after found Holly.
The sun was just starting to come up and I was really excited to be with my friends on the start line for the 5th time. I love this race so much and really look forward to it every year. We ran into a few more people and even found Kristen before the gun went off increasing our party to 6!
None of us had goals for this race besides to have fun and stick together, and that is exactly what we we did. We cruised around the city of San Francisco just enjoying race morning and the race atmosphere. I was having a lot of fun reminiscing past races and training runs on the course, and was telling all our fun stories along the way.
Before we knew it, mile 5 had come and gone and we were up on the bridge! It was the standard cold, foggy SF morning and it was perfect. The bridge is so fun because it’s an out and back and you get to see so many people! We lost Courtney in here somewhere and we saw Alyssa flying by and a bunch of other Ambassadors too. We stopped at the turn around for a bathroom break and then continued our cruise around the city.
Once we were off the bridge and climbing more hills, we ran into Jojo who was at around mile 34 of her 52.4 Worth the Hurt challenge. I was SO excited to get to see her on the course and practically tackled her yelling with excitement. We chatted for a second and I continued on with my group of 5.
Since we had stuck together this long, we knew we would the rest of the race. As the miles clicked off we started making plans for crossing the finish line together. Just like planned, 2 hours and 10 minutes later, we were able to cross the finish line in a cheesy line together, with our arms in the air.
This race was pure fun and I am so glad I had these girls to run with. This race just has the best vibe and is just simply a top notch event. I highly recommend this race to anyone wanting to come run around San Francisco. It really separates itself in the little details that come out on race day.
After our Irish coffee and cheering on the runners, we were able to make it back to the marathon and 2nd half finish line to cheer some more. Then we were able to meet up with a bunch of the Bay Area running bloggers for food, cupcakes and what we do best… talking about running.
Another great SFM in the books and another weekend being overwhelmed with love from such a great running community.