We departed from Boise at 6:00am Saturday July 25th to run my very 1st FULL MARATHON in San Francisco, CA! The day we arrived in San Francisco was a very eventful day! First, we rode the public transit, “BART” downtown to the Embarcadero, and walked to our hotel! I could’ve had family pick us up at the airport, but I have never navigated a BIG CITY and I wanted to figure it out with America by my side! We felt like we were on a little adventure, and now we know how to navigate in the city using public transit. It was easier than I thought and so fun! I LOVE the CITY, I LOVE new experiences, and I LOVE BART!
Once we found our hotel we had to then find the shuttle to the Race Expo and pickup our race packets, shirts, and bibs! That was were we met up with my family. My mom and aunt Christina, drove from Idaho to San Francisco to visit my cousin and cheer for us. My cousin Rene lives in the city with her husband Brian and two twin girls Amelia and Sarah. It was SO great to spend time with them and see their home and life in SF.
We took Snap Chat video and pics the ENTIRE trip! It was fun because we can share the moments with our family and friends who follow us on Snap Chat! I like it because it’s like being present in someones life and in the moment with them and not having to text or post it to other social media for the world. I have combined most of our stories for you in the Flipagrams below!
You’ll see BEFORE the RACE, DURING the MARATHON , others can be found on my You Tube of everything we did AFTER the Race as we traveled around San Francisco!
I do need to WARN YOU! These are BOUNCY, BAD QUALITY cell phone videos, and you are going to hear a lot of girly laughter, and apparently my favorite word is “YAY!! I had no idea I sounded so annoying HAHA!! Anyway, this was a huge milestone and goal achieved in my life and I am so HAPPY and PROUD to share it with you!
VIDEO CLICK here: OFF to SAN FRANCISCO!! Flipagram/VLOG
We woke up at 4:15 am and started eating our PRE-RACE meals! I ate a “Perfect Bar” and a Protein shake! These Perfect Bars are AMAZING and make my mouth water just thinking about it! I got mine at the Race Expo and I highly recommend them and you can check them out at their website: THE PERFECT BAR! They have lots of flavors but my favorite is Almond Coconut and Almond Butter:)
Every detail starting from your food, to the time you eat, and even the time you POOP is important when you are running a marathon! If you didn’t know already “Pooping” is a important topic for runners:) Think about it…. you don’t want to be needing the toilet as you are crossing the Golden Gate Bridge haha! That was honestly one of my biggest concerns the morning of the race. I just wanted to “take care of business” BEFORE the race so that I could relax and not worry about the bathroom while I was running! This is difficult considering that the race BEGINS at 6AM!! THANKFULLY, this course was well equipped with Port-A-Potties along the way!
The RACE was 26.2 miles in a HUGE loop around the city! We stared on Folsom and Embarcardero and looped along the water to the Golden Gate Bridge and back! It continued through the city and through Golden Gate Park, and we came out and ran down Haight Ashbury. We finished off running by AT&T Park where the Giants play and back where we started! It was a BLAST!! I am not going to lie…..It was HARD on the mind and body. There were times my knees hurt SO BAD. We took Tylenol along the way at the medical tables and it helped us get through it. I saw runners who looked miserable and even puking on the side of the road. I NEVER felt that terrible and I owe that to proper training and a great running partner!
There were A LOT of emotions that come and go along the way, and staying strong with my partner was most important for me along the race. In the video below a lot of clips from both America and my phones during the race. At MILE 25…. I started to break down and get a little emotional a little because at that moment I really KNEW I was going to finish. I was about to accomplish this HUGE achievement that I had worked so hard for. It felt SO good and I couldn’t hold back the tears…. I FELT AMAZING!! I really could not have done it without a partner. America was the most supportive running buddy! We encouraged each other the entire race and I am so grateful for her. I would’ve never even signed up for the marathon if it wasn’t for her. It’s important to have a partner who is at your level and stays positive. We stayed together the entire time and we stayed positive which helped so much. At one point we even played a “game” to get our mind of the pain and exhaustion. There were moments where I was stronger and pushed us, and there were other times where she was motivating and pushing me! We were a good pair! It was fun to Snap Chat and share that with my family back home! Even though these videos are not the best, these moments are something I never want to forget!
AFTER THE RACE
We walked back to our hotel, rested, showered, and celebrated with a drink at the Hotel lounge! Then we hopped on the bus to my cousins home and met up with the family. We had an AMAZING dinner at a little Peruvian restaurant in their neighborhood called “Fresca”! It was delcisous and the perfect after race meal! Later we checked in a little hotel by the beach with my mom and aunt and spent a couple more days touring San Francisco! I LOVE THE CITY! Its my favorite place to be, with the cars, the culture, and all of the people! We rested and went to the beach the day after the race. Then we went downtown a few more times and did most of the touristy stuff like Fisherman’s Warf and riding a cable car, and China Town. It turned into a wonderful vacation and I had a great time enjoying the city and all that San Francisco has to offer.
I hope you realize that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING you want if you work for it! Please feel free to comment and share! All of our training, supplements, and preparation for the marathon info was in the previous blog post! Go check it out if you are interested in a beginner, intermediate, or advanced training program.
I will definitely do another Marathon and probably several half marathons again in the future! The San Francisco Marathon was the PERFECT 1st full race for me! It was the best weather, scenery, and expereince. I highly reccommedn it to everyone! The drawbacks to that particular race are that SF is a pretty expensive city and that can be difficult for the budget. But, I wanted my summer to be EPIC and it was because we went there and had an amazing trip! I would LOVE to have more family and friends join me and America as we do more races in the future!
Other Races I hope to do in the future are:
- LA Marathon ( Starts at Dodgers Stadium and ends at the Santa Monica Pier)
- Seattle (1/2 marathon)
- Nike Womens 1/2 Marathon (Lottery entry in San Francisco)
- Hood to Coast Relay (Run from Mt. Hood to the Coast:) and we would need 12 runners!)
- New York (Can only be done for charity)
If you have any other race recommendations that you LOVE or even to AVOID, PLEASE leave your comment below! I would be very interested in your experiences and opinions on the BEST or WORST races to do! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like some help getting started on your next goal!