I admit my bias- I am born and raised in Oakland so I truly love this city and given that I love running, I HELLA LOVE the Oakland Running Festival! I had so much fun at this race since I successfully trained for it without injury!!! It went very well and I am proud to say I finally did it- after 16 excruciatingly long months of injury- I found the happy place within my pace, shaved off about 35 minutes, crossing the finish line of yet another half marathon with a huge, victorious smile on my face.
Given that I have lived here all my life and that my running community is based here, all along the race course, I ran (literally) into friend after friend and that really made a difference! Seeing my friends’ smiling faces and exchanging sweaty hugs and selfies- from the women who turned me into a runner, to my Team in Training coaches and teammates, to my BFFs- my soul was filled with joy and pride for the ability to run 13 glorious miles through the city I’ve always called home. Continue reading →
I know, I know, I’ve been slacking off with the blog lately, haven’t really been able to bring myself to write in light of a recent, significant death in the family… sorta kinda lost my mojo there for a bit and while things still aren’t totally back to “normal”, I’m putting all my focus and effort today towards writing this recap for the Surf City Half Marathon I ran/walked this past Sunday… here we go…
Thanks to the good people at Project Sport, I was given an entry to this race and since we have family in Southern California I thought it would be a good opportunity to go down to So Cal, visit family, then run the race- and that it was! We drove down Friday and then I left my family behind Saturday afternoon to proceed from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach for the expo and subsequent race on Sunday.
Bright and early Sunday, I boarded the shuttle from my hotel to the race start. Once I arrived and started chatting with my fellow runners (of course), I realized that my bib was seemingly Elite and gave me access to whatever wave I wanted to enter- my bib was #175 whereas the half marathoners started at #4600. I looked around for the pacers, figuring I would go with a wave that was a 2:45-3:00 group (since my training had basically come to a halt in the past few weeks given my emotional injury), finally settled into wave 11 and waited for my start.
Just in time for a Christmas giveaway, the Hot Chocolate race series asked if I would be an official ambassador for them again this year and of course I said yes! I will be running the San Francisco Hot Chocolate 15K on January 11th and am really looking forward to it- I ran the 5K this year and it was so much fun that I signed up for the race again next year way before they asked me to come back as a Hot Chocolate Blogger- all my bias aside, it is truly a fun race I’m sure to do annually!
Not only is the course beautiful here in SF (oh how I love running Golden Gate Park!) but the schwag really can’t be beat! You get a reusable drawstring bag and a gender-specific, fleece lined, full-zip hoodie, a sweet chocolate bar medal for the 15K, plus a huge post-race mug filled with goodies and a warm chocolate sauce for dipping- YUM! For even more schwag, be sure to enter code SFBlogger4 when you register to get a free Hot Chocolate running hat at packet pick up! Love great race schwag!!!
The Movember Foundation is an organization committed to changing the face of men’s health and has raised $559 million to date toward saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. During the month of Movember- aka November- the foundation challenges men to grow their mustaches out all month long to spark conversation, raise vital funds, and increase awareness for its men’s health programs.
Not only do I love a good cause, I’m also a sucker for a fun run so when the Mustache Dache 5K contacted me and asked if I would be interested in running their San Francisco race on November 16th, I- of course- said yes! The Mustache Dache directly supports The Movember Foundation by raising men’s health awareness and donating a portion of its registration funds to help end prostate cancer- all great reasons to go for a run!
Round 5 of the Nike Women’s Marathon, my fourth in SF, accomplished this past Sunday and I am happy to report that it went SO MUCH better than I expected given my litany of injuries this past year. I had such a great time and was reminded of how much I really and truly love running.
If you are familiar with the Nike race series, you know that this year they changed everything for their San Francisco race for the first time in 10 years. They removed the full marathon and completely changed the course. I ran my first full at Nike SF in 2011 and once was just fine (as it was SO AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT!), ran their SF half in 2012 and again in 2013 so I was eager to see just how different it would be this year.
Going into this race, I was more than nervous and worried. My last two halfs (The Town’s Half Marathon and the 2nd half of the San Francisco Marathon) went horribly. I hit the wall at mile 4 and every part of my body hurt and screamed, “QUIT! QUIT! QUIT!” This Sunday however, with the race I have been obsessed with even before I ever started running, I felt absolutely great and loved every single minute of it! Continue reading →
Earlier this year, I was lucky to be chosen to represent the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Marathon as a race ambassador so I happily registered for the half marathon and went on with my training, doing all the “normal” things us runners do to get ready for a half marathon. Unfortunately, disaster struck in early March when I was diagnosed with patellofemoral/meniscus tear/MCL sprain and, as of today, it’s been 58 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes and 12 seconds since my last run, but who’s counting?
As soon as I was given the diagnosis and told “no more running”, I started considering all the races I was already signed up for and started deferring/dropping out. Lucky for me, the course limit for the SLO half marathon is 8 whole hours so even though I can’t run, I decided to walk this 13.1 anyway. And it. Was. AWESOME!!!
I am happy to announce that I was selected to be an official blogger for the Hot Chocolate 15/5Krace in San Francisco! Yay!!! I love chocolate and I love running and I love San Francisco so I am very excited to be a part of this team and can’t wait to run this awesome race! (Check out their Goodie Bag– where else do you get the beauty of San Francisco, chocolate, AND a fleece jacket?!)
And it only gets better, my wonderful readers, because this means more perks for you!
The San Francisco Hot Chocolate 15/5K will be held on January 12th, 2014 and starts in the iconic Golden Gate Park. Registration is still at the early bird rate so sign up soon and enter the code RUNNING4MUG at check out and you will get a free travel mug at packet pickup!