But this year definitely had its fun moments since many of my friends were either running it or spectating it - I was glad I was able to partake in the festivities!
|Only a ~women's marathon would have a Paul Mitchell salon in the middle of the expo|
|Foot massage without the foot spa and pedicure seems odd to me.|
|Another fun female-friendly exhibit - get a skin consultation from Neutrogena!|
|Sadly, my name did not make it to the wall this year.|
|Free breakfast buffet at Niketown! Didn't buy anything but thanks for the grub, suckas ;)|
|This is the first year I didn't buy a NWM hoodie. But if I had, it would be this one. I think Jeri would approve.|
Race morning did not go very smoothly. Moving on!
|Naomi and I in our start corral :)|
|How I knew we were in the wrong corral|
It was crazy at the start trying to dodge other runners and avoid the walkers. I eventually lost both Naomi and Kerry and just settled into my own comfortable pace. There was something comforting about running such a familiar course. I knew where all the hills were and I am proud to say I ran (ok, slowly jogged) up all of them up to mile 6. By the way, I really loved the drum corp at the top of that hill.
Once we got to mile 7, I was a lot more lenient with my walking breaks - um, I mean, pauses to take some scenic photos.
|I didn't really need this pic. I just needed a break from the hills.|
I had heard that Katie and crew would be cheering around mile 8. My first thought was, "Aw, man, that's right in the middle of the hills. They're gonna catch me being all wimpy!" But then I realized it was really a good location for a pick me up. So once I got close to mile 8, I forced myself to keep running until I saw them because I did not want to be caught walking!
Finally, I heard it. The beautiful sound of our friend, the cowbell. I looked in the direction of the cowbell and saw this sign:
|Pic stolen from Jana|
The rest of the race was pretty much the same old stuff.
|Jazz hands / sashay pic - Check!|
|zoom zoom out of my way|
- Chip Time: 2:31:15
- Pace: 11:32 min/mi
- Overall Place: 6144 out of 16444
- AG Place: 605 out of 1831
I was pretty proud of myself with this time considering how challenging the course is. Woot woot!
Post race area was pretty fun - Neutrogena was back again and it was nice to have their products on hand to clean up a bit.
Afterward, I wandered around a bit and stumbled upon Aron and Kristin at the sand dunes.
|Thanks to Alisyn for the pic!|
|With Courtney and Kerry|
|Monte Cristo, yum yum!|
We also got cute race shirts. I am a fan of the color, cut, and material... maybe not so much the design (compared to previous years - they usually have such cute designs!)
Another nice surprise of this year's event was not having to deal with the dreaded shuttle from Great Highway back to Union Square. In previous years, I had to wait for over an hour just to get on the bus! This year, we were spoiled with private car service from Roadbunner and her BF. Thanks, guys!!!
|oops. bet they got a lot of sweaty parking tickets that day.|
|2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011|
If you want to read more about this year's half, check out some race reports from my awesome running friends: