Nike Women’s Half Marathon Recap

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!!

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Pre-race

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.

#FNLRunsSF Nike Tank
Nike Running Hat (didn’t end up wearing this)
Beats By Dre Powerbeats 2
Cliff Bloks
Garmin Forerunner 220
Stance Fusion Run Socks
Nike Epic Run Shorts
LunarGlide 7 
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Race

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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. IMG_1763Mile 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!!!!)
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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.

13.34 miles 
Time – 1:46

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Post-race

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.

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Epic Finish

Finish Line, you sure know how to make me feel special. Thank you for an amazing weekend!

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And to the coolest FNL lady of em all, you are an awesome opossum Marissa!!

Nike Women’s Half Training Plan // What to do the Week Before a Half Marathon

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