Tuesday, July 27, 2010

13.1 Things From San Francisco This Past Weekend

This past weekend I was up in San Fran for the 1/2 marathon, which was incredible and so much fun!  Until I post my full race recap, here are 13.1 things from my weekend in the hilly city:

1. Stayed on the 13th floor of the Meridien Hotel, one of the SF Marathon’s host hotels
2. Went to the race expo on Friday with my brother and met Bart Yasso
3. Enjoyed a delicious steak dinner at Harris’ Steakhouse – my martini was served in a mini jar in a mini wooden barrel filled with ice (martini glass with olives on the side). It was adorable.
4. Cruised around Pier 39 with my boyfriend and brother…very cool Boardwalk and corn dogs were definitely the hot food item!
5. Saw the massive amounts (and massive-sized) Sea Lions that live at Pier 39.
6. Digital bowled at the Metreon until the swivel on the ball broke and they refunded us with vouchers.
7. Saw Inception in IMAX…one of the best movies of the year thus far in my opinion.
8. Met up with David and Lisa for a pre-race pasta dinner.
9. Went back to our hotel room on the 13th floor to prepare for the 13 miles of running the next morning.
10. My brother and I fell asleep around 8:30-9pm while my boyfriend watched Cops. “Bad boys bad boys whatcha gunna do…”
11. Woke up at 3:30am, cruised down to the starting line, found our waves, and took off!
12. I got to run across the Golden Gate Bridge! By far the highlight of the run for me!
13. My IT Band/knee was feeling pretty good until around mile 7ish on the Golden Gate Bridge, then exploded at mile 10, leading me to hobble for the next 2 or so miles until I pushed through and finished strong while on the verge of tears. I proceeded to cry in pain about 30 seconds after crossing the finish line.
.1 I am SO proud of my brother and my friend Lisa who dominated their first half marathon. My bro smoked it in 1:55 and Lisa in 2:33! Way to go guys!!

My boyfriend and Lisa’s hubby were along the course at a couple points taking pictures of us going by and cheering us on! They were such great supporters!  Thank you guys so much!
Later this week I will post my race recap and lots of pictures!



  1. I kept checking back at Blogger for the past couple days, waiting for SOME kind of news! All that matters is that you finished, that's incredible!!! I probably would've cried too. That's how I was on my longest training run...so much pain, I burst into tears after I was done and couldn't stop for like a half hour afterwards!!!! So I definitely sympathize. Doesn't it feel nice that you can finally rest?!! Maybe take a running break for a week or two and heal up that bad boy for awhile! Running will always be there waiting for your return ;) Congrats and can't wait to see pix!!!

  2. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your IT band. That totally stinks.

    I just found your blog--very cute! I am training for another 1/2 right now!

  3. How is your IT band/knee now? I'm so sorry that it got so bad for you, girl. ::hugs::

  4. Reading all these San Fransisco reports that include runs across the Golden Gate Bridge make me so jealous.

    I think it's a fun that you stayed on the 13th story of a hotel before a half marathon.

    I hate IT band issues!

  5. Congrats on toughing it out and finishing! You got your bling and now you're set up for California Dreaming in Long Beach right?

  6. Thank you guys so much for all your support and encouragement!!!! My IT band feels great now and I'm ready to start training for the Long Beach half!! Thank you :)