Race Report: 2012 San Francisco 1st Half Marathon

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

Party in Wave 4!  
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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!

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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.

Kristen, Sima, me, Kristin and Holly
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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.

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Another great SFM in the books and another weekend being overwhelmed with love from such a great running community. 

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9 Responses to Race Report: 2012 San Francisco 1st Half Marathon

  1. Allison @ Running Through Red Lights August 2, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Glad you had such an awesome time! Congratulations to Jojo, too! I had some friends running with Worth The Hurt, and their stories and pictures were amazing! Definitely adding SF to my race bucket list. :)

  2. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy August 2, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Sounds like a fun race! I love that you have so many running girlfriends around to run/hang out with. What are your thoughts on CIM? Is the SF marathon your fav of the marathons in the bay area?

    • Aron August 2, 2012 at 11:13 am #

      I love love love CIM (have run it 3 times!) but moreso if you are going to “race” a marathon. It’s a fast course and definitely a runner’s race, if that makes sense. People go there to run hard! I love SFM as a scenic, very fun San Francisco race… but it’s a tough course :)

  3. TheUnforgivingMinute August 2, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    That is so cool your friend Jojo did the Ultra! I run with a great organization called Wear Blue: Run to Remember, that had several folks running this Ultra as well…it sounds like a few groups did the back to back marathon thing…running a full 52.4 miles. So amazing! There were many more Wear Blue runners that ran the regular half and full…as well as a Wear Blue mile, with flags and volunteers there honoring fallen services members. Maybe you saw them? In any case, very cool marathon and I hope to do it one day! Glad you are back to running normalcy!

  4. Cathryn @ My Heart's Content August 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I’m so sad…I was in wave 4 and I didn’t spot you to say hello. Still bleary eyed at that time of day. From your wave 4 photo I don’t think I was far away! Congratulations on a great run! Can’t wait to do the second half next year…and sleep in till 6.30!

  5. Marlene August 3, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Sounds like one big running party! So much fun to run in a group like that and just take it all in.

  6. Susan - Nurse on the Run August 5, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Running the SF half was such a great experience, and I’m so glad I got to see you if even for a short moment over the weekend!

  7. Paulette @paulettezf August 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    I was a little late to the meet up at the expo, so I missed meeting you that day. The ambassador group looked so fun!

  8. Monika August 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    it was fun seeing your group on the course! thanks for the cheers at the halfway mark and finish line. I was jealous I wasn’t done too.. but plodded on to the finish. :o) I’m sure I’ll see you at the race next year!

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