This is my second time running the first half of the San Francisco Marathon. This year I was in Wave 8 which started at 6:30am, a full hour after the first wave was sent off.Becka and was so glad I did. I got a ton of compliments on it! Thanks Becka! The top is from Ink n Burn, the skirt is from Running Skirts.
I learned this trick to pin my bib directly onto my clothing (instead of hooking it with a safety pin through those 4 little holes) from my pace leader at the LA Marathon. I don't know if pinning the bib directly onto your clothes is better than using the holes but I feel like I should never disobey a pace leader.
The course took us straight down Embarcadero, past all the piers and towards the Wharf & Ghiradelli Square:
We're getting really close now!
Our original race strategy was to get to the Golden Gate without walking, getting across and back, and then we'd do a walk/run combo until the finish line.
Only 1.1 miles to go....
I finished in 2:53, very happy that I came in under 3 hours.
- Staggered time starts meant there were less people and less chaos than when I ran this race in 2010.
- There were 6 water stations with Nuun (LOOOVE!!) and Water
- The weather in San Fran always seems to be cool and overcast. Perfect running weather
- Love the Motorcycle club volunteers
- Scenery is totally San Francisco and totally awesome
- Running over the GG bridge distracts you for FOUR entire miles!
- Great post race snacks. Nothing like See Jane Run, but I got a full bottle of Muscle Milk, bananas, more Kettle chips
- Shuttle buses back to the start line were pretty efficient even though the lines were looooong.
- The hills seem unavoidable since it's San Fran, but I can still complain about them!
- The spectator game is totally lacking here. Not much crowd support to speak of, I'm sure because of the insanely early start time.
- Didn't see the first water station until almost mile 3 I think. I may not need it physically, but mentally I need to know there's water available frequently. How about putting the 1st water station at mile 1.5?
- It's San Fran, so there's not much to complain about EXCEPT: the race medal. Gosh is it plain and plain and plain. Snore. C'mon SF! With all the talent this city attracts, someone should be able to come up with a nice medal design.
Totally running this one again next year. I keep saying that about all the races I'm running lately but I know I can't keep going back around the country to the same places I've already been. I need to save my traveling budget for seeing new places.
But I do recommend this race and WOULD RUN IT AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT!