NWM 2012.

21 Oct

Hi friends and family…Surprise, surprise I’m way behind on blogging. This weekend was EPIC and calls for its own separate post, so until then I thought I’d recap the Nike Women’s Half Marathon I ran last Sunday in San Francisco.

The trip started out Friday afternoon when I high-tailed it out of DTLA for my parents’ house. I got a small shake-out run in my favorite local park (and being the idiot that I am, I forgot it had rained that afternoon so I fell down in a pile of mud in front of a few high schoolers, and looked like the swamp thing for the second half of my run). Whatever.

The next morning, my mom and I left the house to drive up to the Bay Area. My mom willingly volunteered to accompany me on this race – which was great because I didn’t make any effort to plan it until the week before. We hauled up the 5 and made stops at our regular places, and got to my aunt and uncle’s home in Oakland around 12:30. My uncle Casey then dropped me off in the city at my friend Michelle’s apartment. I decided to stay with her Saturday night because she was running the race as well, so it made things easy logistically.

We walked with our friend Adrienne to Union Square from Michelle’s  Pacific Heights apartment. It was GORGEOUS in SF  last weekend. 

The Expotique was a mess – we waited in line about 50 minutes to get inside, and it was so crowded in there we basically grabbed our bags and left. It was cool to see all the Nike gear, though and score some free samples.

That night, we had a low-key pasta feed with our friends Kathleen (who made INCREDIBLE brussel sprouts) and Kate. It’s always nice to see good friends, and it was relaxing to not have to go out to dinner. Michelle was a great host!

That night, we laid out all of our “race gear,” assembled playlists, and hit the hay early.

My alarm went off at 5:30. We had some coffee, half a Clif bar, and a banana, and headed out to collect Adrienne and head toward the start.

Last year, I ran 1:48:45 and DIED. I went out way too fast, walked a TON, and just hated my life starting at about mile 6. This year, my goal was to keep the first 3 miles SLOW (8:30s) and maintain that pace. I knew I had no chance of PRing on this course, but my goal was to run easy, maintain a steady pace, and not die on the hills.

Long story short? I met my goal and ended up with a course PR of 1:47:17. I ran into an old HS XC teammate (Melissa) during the first mile, and ran with her for a couple miles and we chatted. This really helped me not get overzealous and clock in a 6:40 first mile (ahem, last year). The fact that I knew where the hills were helped a lot, too, and I knew when to push myself and when to maintain. I took a gel at mile 10 which helped me get through the insanely boring last 3 miles as well.

At the end of the race, I grabbed my Tiffany Finisher’s necklace and waited for Adrienne and Michelle. My mom and Uncle were able to cheer for me at Mile 4 and again at the finish, and my uncle gave us all rides back, which was awesome.

love the necklace this year.

My mom and I spent the rest of the day relaxing in Oakland with my Aunt and Uncle. My aunt prepared two incredible frittatas and my uncle made delicious sourdough french toast. I took an ice bath – so necessary.

Later that day my uncle and I explored a couple of Oakland bars – Beer Revolution in Jack London Square and The Trappist in DT Oakland. That night, we had a quiet & delicious dinner at home before conking out early, yet again. My mom and  I woke up suuuuuper early monday morning to drive back. We got int the car at 5:25 and I was at school downtown by 12:30 – which was good because as I predicted, I got cold-called in Con Law. Not sure what I said, I was that incoherent.

All in all, it was a great trip and a fun race. Huge thanks to my aunt and uncle for being great hosts, and to Michelle as well (and for my mom for going with me/driving/indulging me in Starbucks every 3 hours).

Post-race, I felt very sore in my left hip and IT band but I have been listening to my body for once and have taken it VERY easy this week with minimal exercise – just yoga and swimming. I’ll try and add in some runs this week, but I don’t want to push it too soon.

Has anyone done a race recently? How did it go? 

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2 Responses to “NWM 2012.”

  1. leftcoastcontessa October 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I randomly made it up SF last weekend and saw a bunch of the runners walking around. You’re right, the weather was perfect!

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