What a weekend, and it's not over yet! Saturday was the #RnRSF Course Launch Party at Sports Basement, Presidio (610 Old Mason St.) I got there early so I could grab my Hot Chocolate 15k swag bag and bib for the race Sunday.
While waiting for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon San Francisco event to start, I met and chatted with Zari. She started running last June and decided that this year, her goal would be to run a Half Marathon! Go Zari, Go! I look forward to following her training and meeting up again at the race on April 6th (if not sooner)
I also finally got to meet Pavement Runner, aka Brian! Was nice to finally meet the man behind the twitter handle @pavementrunner and learn his real name. After we watched the video of the course (which looks like it will be fun & hilly!) we went out for a fun 3.5 mile run with Mario Fraioli & Marathon Matt Pace Team.
Headed home after that and down to San Jose. We caught most of the New England Patriots on tv and then made our way to the SAP Center to cheer on the Boston Bruins vs San Jose Sharks. Both Boston teams won! WooHoo!
After a late night (didn't get in until Midnight), 4:45am came very quickly today. I crawled out of bed and made my way over to Golden Gate Park for the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k . With 10,000 participants I thought I would have a hard time finding my twitter friend Brie, who is a Boston transplant here in the city. We have been social media friends for a couple of months so it was great to finally meet her! After chatting for a bit we wished each other well and made way to the starting line.
My personal goal for this 9 miler was to run the entire thing, no stopping. (primarily because I had to hurry and get back home for work, and I also wanted to catch the San Francisco 49ers game.) As the race started, I quickly realized that this goal was most likely not going to happen, I couldn't feel my feet, they were so cold. It was very chilly this morning I had a hard time warming up.
Finally after we exited Golden Gate Park (roughly mile 2.5) and made our way to the Great Highway, the sun was shining along the ocean front and I finally warmed. At mile marker 5 I was still going strong. Checked out my Nike Plus watch and I was right on track, averaging a 9:30pace. I've got this! At mile 8 the volunteers were cheering us on and pushing us to step it up and finish strong. I looked at the girl behind me and playfully said "I'll race you..." I ended running the last 1.4 miles at an 8:20 min pace. It's amazing what a little motivation can do. As I approached the finish line, the announcers called my name out and asked for a wave to go along with my smile. So cool.
Thank you Brie for tweeting me into running this. It was a great race, It was great to meet you, It was a great morning. I will definitely do it again next year.
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