So somewhere in the past few months I went from saying “I’m not a runner” to finishing my first half marathon.
I ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon last Sunday and it was seriously the most fun I’ve had in a while. The energy, the adrenaline, the scenery and of course, the sense of accomplishment.
Let’s rewind back to a couple days before the race:
I got to meet Jackelyn Ho, what an amazing girl! Her sister, Cassey Ho is the founder of Blogilates.
Visiting the expotique and seeing all the different ladies participating in the race was so much fun. I felt like a little girl on Halloween, going to different booths and hoarding all the little goodies.
Woke up at 4:30am to get ready for the race. Nerves were setting in and the thought of running with 30,000 other participants was a little daunting. At the same time I was feeling so pumped and never felt so energetic this early in the morning.
Nitzan and I arrived at our corral starting point around 6:15. By the time our corral arrived at the start line, it was almost 7!
Recap of the Race
Miles 1-3: Running at dawn with thousands of other runners can be a bit chaotic. I had 3 close moments where I almost fell or made someone else fall..yikes. One benefit of running with a crowd is that it forced me to pace myself and avoid starting out too fast. I was able to keep a leisurely pace around 10 mins for the first 3 miles.
Miles 3-6: Feeling good still as we conquered our first hill around Ghiradelli Square and then began running towards Crissy Fields. By this time the crowds began to stagger and there was more room to run. I picked up the pace but constantly reminded myself not to tire myself out too early in the race.
Miles 6-10: And the hills begin! To be honest I am kind of glad there were hills, otherwise I may have started to get a little bored. Miles 6-10 were four miles of through the most beautiful scenery in San Francisco. Although the fog covered the skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge, I felt like I was running through a quaint forest. It was so peaceful…but tiring!
Miles 10-13.1: Once I was at Cliff House and Ocean Beach was in plain view, I began to treat the half marathon as a real race.I started to run faster but I was so tired at this point (oh those hills) that I wasn’t even able to enjoy Golden Gate Park. I was so ready to get this over with and stuff myself with food but I knew I had to finish strong. I see the finish line, sprint sprint sprint…it’s all over in a matter of seconds!
I finished with an official time of 2:10:47 and I felt so accomplished for finishing my first half. The best perk about this race was instead of getting a medal, you get a NWM Tiffany’s necklace at the end! And there were firemen dressed up in tuxedos handing them out.
Will I do one again? After this amazing experience, most likely yes. But I think I’m going to give a break from running and focus one some other fitness challenge!
P.S. If you want to know what music I jammed to while I ran this race, here is my spotify playlist: