This will be a race report mostly in pictures because we all know about the ratio of value between pictures and words.
The plan was for 2 of my friends from Forward Motion to arrive at Chez Moi at 4:30 so that we could head into the city and park out near the finish and take a bus to the start. That went off without a hitch and when we got to Union Square we connected with our other friend from the Ladies Night Extravaganza
But then I found her – my friend Laughing Star who came out to cheer for me – yay!
By then I had only about 4 miles to go which was good because my knees hurt. I had already had a pain in my left shoulder and a stitch in my side that I just ran though and that went away. Then the knees. Then, with only 3 miles to go I got a very odd pain on the bottom of my foot that I can’t describe very well but I suppose if you stepped on a rock barefoot, just at the bottom of your 2 last toes on your right foot, really hard, it might feel like that. Damnit! I just kept running/limping, rolling my foot. I stopped for a second to see if my socks had bunched up but they hadn’t so I just ran.
Here are the final numbers:
I’m happy with that. It is a 19 minute PR from last year and a half marathon run at just (and I mean just) under a 10 minute mile – what’s not to love about that?
Thanks to Bio Freeze, Ibuprofen and sleep my knee is much better today. Speaking of thanks I’d like to offer a few shout outs to people who made this race special
1). Dana, Maggs, Sue and Julia. Dana wasn’t there but we ran quite a few training miles together (with Maggs) so thanks to all of you for companionship and fun.
2). Laughing Star for being there. I was late to get her an email about our plans and yet – there she was! And what a welcomed sight she was. She ran with me for a bit and then sent me off to finish strong. (I think it was an order and I took it very seriously).
3). The SF Cheer Squad who always show up on the corner near the Marina Safeway – you guys rock!
4). The lady in the hat that looked like a flying pig with wings that flapped when you tugged on the chin strap – loved it!
5). The high school cheer leading squad in the park who chanted “Go Go Runners” over and over and over again while waving their pom poms – excellent.
6). All of the volunteers – there were thousands.
7). Nike and Tiffany and those fabulous massage students at the expo (especially Eddie) and all the sponsors. You all make the Nike Women’s Marathon one of the most fun races in the country.