Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco 2015 was one of my favorite races yet. I will never forget how much fun I had running 13.1 miles. The combination of being back home and running without a care in the world added to this unforgettable experience. Look at that smile, you know I had a kickass time!!
3 pre-race tips: Eat a healthy/normal dinner, get plenty of sleep the two nights before the race, and wear comfortable race clothes that you have worn before.
Mile 1 – 8:42
Mile 2 – 8:32
Mile 3 – 8:11
The beginning of the race was extremely crowded so Smash and I had to weave in and out of people for a good 2.5 miles. Finally at around mile 3ish/4 we were finally settling into a solid pace.
Mile 4 – 7:59
Mile 5 – 7:56
Mile 6 – 7:24
I was having the time of my life during these miles. I was enjoying the scenery, the fresh air, and the energy. And if you followed me and FinishLineUSA on snapchat you were getting updates at almost every mile. Mile 7 – 7:33
Mile 8 – 7:59
Mile 9 – 8:00
Mile 10 -7:42
I purposely broke up the race into sections. Mile 1-3, 4-6, 7-10, and then ran the rest one mile at a time. This is the best way to make the race less intimidating and more manageable.
Mile 11 – 8:34
My only goal during this .75 mile uphill battle was to keep running no matter how slow I was going. The best part of this hill was the Golden Gate in the background. I can’t forget that this was the mile that Smash left me! (She is a beast!!!!)
Mile 12 – 7:19
My pace picked up because of the quick downhill into the Marina. I had chills knowing how close I was to the finish line. I made sure I took the whole experience in, I reflected on how lucky I am to be a runner and how much I really love running.
Mile 13 – 8:01
.34 – 2:29
The last stretch of the race I blasted my favorite song and finished strong. I knew that my Asheejojo and Tiffany’s necklace were waiting for me at the finish line.
Time – 1:46
It felt great to add another Nike Women’s Half Marathon Tiffany’s necklace to my collection.
And to celebrate 13.1 miles, Smash and I ate the biggest brunch and washed it down with mimosas. This is becoming a tradition for us (pizza and mimosas after Chicago full marathon).
I made sure to take a few days off after the race because my vastus lateralis muscles were so sore!! No matter how much of a running high you have after a race, take time to rest and recover.
Finish Line, you sure know how to make me feel special. Thank you for an amazing weekend!
And to the coolest FNL lady of em all, you are an awesome opossum Marissa!!