SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON RECAP JULY 27, 2014
We stayed at the Host Hotel which was the Hyatt Regency. The rooms are really nice and we had a great view. Here is the first picture I took out our window right when we checked in….
The Expo was held at The Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion.
Jody and Wes are two of the San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors I had the pleasure of speaking with. You can read more about each of these cool runners on their webpages.
Jody is at: crossmyheartfitness.com
Wes is at: runwithwes.com
My pre-race dinner was a two-parter. We started at Boudin’s with grilled veggie platter and cocktails…. that was the perfect starter!
Then we went on over to the North Beach area for a little Italian food and wine.
When I woke up the next morning, I was still carbed up and ready to run!
Staying at the Hyatt made race morning super stress-free. My husband’s start line for the Full Marathon was just down the street. I had to catch a shuttle bus to my 2nd Half start line but the pick-up was just blocks from our hotel.
The 2nd Half Marathon of The San Francisco Marathon starts at Spreckel’s Lake in Golden Gate Park and finishes on the Embarcadero alongside the Main Marathon Finish Line. It passes through Haight/Ashbury, the Mission District, into Mission Bay, and passes AT&T Park, finishing just before the Ferry Building alongside the Main Marathon Finish Line. One of my favorite sections was through the tree lined park, but the entire run was awesome.
This was the second time I ran a Half Marathon in this particular race. Last year I ran the 1st Half and this year I ran the 2nd Half, therefore earning my Half it All Challenge medal – it’s a pretty cool medal! My official time was 2:00:16. I was angry at myself for not being able to get in 17 seconds earlier to clear that 2 hour mark! Arghhh! Next race!
I was a little worried since my race didn’t start until 8:23 that it’d be a really hot race, but as usual, San Francisco weather prevailed! It was a beautiful day! In my opinion, this 2nd Half of the Marathon is easier than the 1st Half – less hilly but both sections are beautiful and fun to run. I highly recommend this race to anyone running the Full or Half.
Since the 2nd Half did not go over The Golden Gate Bridge, my husband and I took a 14 mile run Tuesday morning before we flew home so that we could run the bridge. He had already run the Full Marathon on Sunday, which he totally enjoyed, but wanted to hit that Golden Gate once more! It was wonderful and tiring since my legs were still worn from Sunday but I’m super glad we ran it!
I’m glad I captured the Golden Gate run on my RunKeeper!
Other awesome San Fran sights…..
If you participated in this race, or have enjoyed San Francisco, please leave comments regarding your experiences below!
Next Race….The Santa Rosa Half Marathon August 24, 2014. Running and Wine…The Perfect Combination!!