Posted by Nicole

Let’s talk about that little half marathon from Sunday morning… you know, the one I was really stressing about?  PS, how crazy is it that my mom & David, Lauren, and I ran half marathons this weekend, but all in different locations? I think that’s pretty cool.

I’m going to break it down into PROS and CONS because I just had 5 hours of class, a midterm, dance practice, and a sorority meeting. Here we go.

PRO: I got to sleep by midnight the night before the race, so the 5 AM wakeup wasn’t too bad. I made some oatmeal for breakfast and topped them with peanut butter, strawberry preserves, and a bit of almond milk.

 Nike Womens Half Marathon, SF 2012

CON: It rained a bit during my two-mile walk to the start line. It made me nervous because my Garmin isn’t waterproof!

PRO: The rain settled, the line at the porta-potty was short, and I was at my corral position by 6:15.

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PRO: This beautiful view at the start line. I couldn’t wait to get started!

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PRO: Creeping on the olympians at the start line! They were so close, but not as close as they were when Lauren saw them! I think Shalane Flanagan caught me.

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CON: I wore my Nike Free Runs and my feet were kinda sore from standing on them for an hour and a half. In hindsight, I should not have worn those shoes.

PRO: The race started on time at 7 AM, I was at the front of my corral, I didn’t get trampled, and the crowds were cheering loudly!

PRO: The first 5 miles ran by the Embarcadero, through Fisherman’s Wharf, and towards the Marina. I loved that the race started on a decline.

CON: It took a while to get into my “running groove,” but I just stuck to a moderate pace and tried to enjoy the moment. Also, my Garmin had some issues and it was lagging about a half mile behind the whole race… kinda weird.

PRO: The ocean views were absolutely amazing. There was a lot of fog, but still! The air was so fresh, the attitude of the runners was positive, and the aid stations were frequent.

PRO: I took 3 Clif Shot Bloks at mile 5. They were berry flavor and they were mighty tasty.

CON: The hill at mile 6 was BRUTAL. My view doesn’t really do it justice, but the picture from the NWM ’12 website gives a better representation.

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CON: I had to use the restroom at mile 7. That was just annoying because it wasted a bit of time.

PRO: Miles 7-9 traveled through the Presidio. Those houses were absolutely gorgeous and were a nice distraction from the hills. At mile 8.5, they were handing out orange slices (with hand wipes). FYI, it’s difficult to eat orange slices while running ;)

CON: At mile 9, I just wanted it to be overrrrrr. Hills at the end of a race always get to me. I was pretty burnt out and my knees were aching.

PRO: Miles 11-13 were on a decline through Golden Gate Park. I love that this race had so much nature, instead of just city buildings.

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PRO: FINISHING! I sprinted across the finish line, chugged some water, took a photo of people crossing the finish line, and then headed to the men in tuxedos.

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PRO: The San Francisco firefighters handed out the Tiffany’s necklaces (the “finisher medals”). It was so nice of them to volunteer their time for 25,000 sweaty women.

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 Nike Womens Half Marathon, SF 2012

PRO: There was a lot of food at the end of the race. I grabbed a cinnamon raisin bagel because I was surprisingly hungry. Normally it takes at least an hour to get my appetite back, but not this time.

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PRO: They provided emergency blankets for all the runners. This was a lifesaver because I was in a tank and shorts, and I didn’t have my mommy at the finish line to hand me a sweatshirt ;)

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CON: Not having anyone at the end of the race, but that’s okay because I just asked a random security guard to snap a photo. The photo came out really dark… and I tried to lighten it… that’s why I’m orange.

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PRO/CON: As for my finish time, it definitely was not a fast race for me. I had to stop to use the restroom, the hills were difficult, and my shoes sure were not helping. I’ll talk more about my finish time in another post.

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PRO: The race expo had so much cute clothing!!!

CON: The clothing was disgustingly expensive. The cheapest longsleeve was $72! I got two tanks (same style as the black one I wear for races) for $30 each. Not too bad.

PRO: The neon green finisher’s shirt is really cute!

 Nike Womens Half Marathon, SF 2012

PRO: I got to stretch my legs out and watch some runners while I walked to meet up with my cousin. This was at mile 12 and the half-marathon runners were SO close to the finish!

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PRO: How cool is this windmill in Golden Gate Park? I love that it had a Giants flag hanging with pride!

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PRO: This chocolate milk hit.the.spot about an hour after the race.

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PRO: It was so convenient that my cousin picked me up! It was a madhouse getting out of the finisher’s area. And, I made the noon bullet train back to San Jose, so I had some extra time to go say hi to my dad’s family before driving back down to LA.

All in all, it was a good race! I’m glad that I got to participate, and I look forward to hopefully running next year.

- N

Q4U: Did anyone else race this weekend? If you ran the NWM, what’d you think?

 

5 Responses to Nike Women’s Half Marathon, SF 2012

  1. Omigosh that’s so crazy that so many members of your family ran half marathons in all different locations this weekend! You are a running family for sure! This sounds like a great race minus the hills at the end- ugh that must have been brutal! But I love the Tiffany’s medals! Those are so cute! And cute firefighters with Tiffanys boxes?? A definite PRO in my book ;)
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  2. a) way to go, you sweaty orange beast!
    b) I want firefighters to hand me Tiffany’s necklaces…. Just wondering if it’s worth all those miles I’d have to run.
    c) Despite the priciness, I’ll admit the shirts are pretty darn cute. Long sleeves be damned, tanks are where it’s at.
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  3. Heather says:

    Hi – I ran the half, too and it was great. I live in SF so I knew what to expect in terms of weather and hills which was nice. Great course, spectators, and water stops!

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  4. Anna says:

    This must have been a great race. Especially those “medals” though, those are awesome! And I`m so jealous that you got to see the olympians!
    Congrats on the race!
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