We flew out of Tulsa on Friday and had to up get REAL early. Like so early I'm pretty sure it should be illegal to set your alarm for that time! But we managed and we made it to the airport in plenty of time.
So what does any Ginger do who has to sit next to a stranger on a long flight? I took a lot of selfies and pictures out of the window. Duh! I'll save you the selfie's and just show you my favorite picture of the clouds.
It's like a fun little game of where's Waldo. Only Waldo is actually your name printed on a wall with 30,000 other names and you have to elbow your way to the window to try to find it and somehow get a picture of it, because that's what all the cool kids were doing.
Saturday, or the day before the race, we all swore we didn't want to do a lot of walking but what happens when 5 girls are turned loose in a new town? Shopping. That's what happens. Lots of shopping. And shopping = walking. Oh well. #RedHairDontCare. We had fun. And we picked up some cool stuff from the Farmer's Market.
We made our way down to the Ferry Building were I got this awesome shot. I was trying to make it look like I was holding up the Bay Bridge but whatever. We'll work on my modeling skills another time.
We got up around 4:30 AM and started slowly getting around. We were all in different corrals so we didn't worry about meeting up before the race. At the Expo one of the volunteers told me we should get to the corral no later than 5:00 AM. Um, what? The race starts at 6:30! Plus we heard that since we were in the last corral that last year runners had to wait an hour after the starting gun went off just to cross the start line. No Thanks!
We dropped our bags at the gear check and made our way to the front of our corral. Turns out we only had to wait about 35 minutes from the starting gun going off until we actually got to start our race. The race was so crowded! If you want to run a race and try for a PR, this is not the race for that. We spent so much time and energy just weaving in and out of people and it never really opened up.
There were people at the front of every corral keeping the crowds pumped and ready to run so that was entertaining. We also had some guys hanging out of the window to their hotel room giving us a fun little dance show as well. We started running and my watch was totally off while we were still downtown. It said we were running like a 13 minute/mile pace which was not true because I was breathing way too hard for that!
The first 5 miles were pretty flat. Luckily, I had stopped at a port-a-potty around mile 3 and took care of business. The lines at the bathroom stops were pretty long for the rest of the race.
But then we hit a pretty big hill from mile 5-6. Ugh! Why didn't I do more hill training?
We survived the hill and somewhere after mile 6 they were handing out face wipes. That's nice and all, but I still have a good 5 miles to go and I'm going to keep sweating.
Around mile 8-9 we hit our second big hill which about killed me. Again, why didn't I do more hill training? After that hill they were handing out chocolate on the course. I love chocolate but didn't think it would be a good mid-race fuel option so I just tucked it in my race belt for later.
Anyways, back to the talk about hills...
Going up hill and having to dodge and weave in and out of people is really tiring and frustrating. If you are going to suddenly stop and walk in a race, please move over to the side so I don't have to dodge you last minute to avoid injuring both of us. Ok, running rant over.
On the positive side, I'm grateful that the weather was cool. If this had been a warm race, I wouldn't have met my goal.
The wall-to-wall people made it hard to stay warm and your body and your muscles cooled down fast! We made our way to the bag check area but didn't realize that once you crossed over from the finishers area to the bag check area you couldn't go back and get a picture with a Firefighter. Bummer!
This race ends several miles away from where it started in downtown San Fran so if you need to get back to your car or hotel in that area, you had to have purchased a bus pass at the Expo. About the time we got on the bus, the sun came out. Figures. Overall, I had a great race and even beat my goal time. I wanted to finish in under 2:30 and I managed to finish in 2:27. Not a PR for me, but not the worst half I've ever done.
Here is our finisher necklace! I love it and have been wearing it ever since I got it. After the race we went back to the hotel, met up with all the girls, showered and then went out to dinner. Once we got back to the hotel we had a wine happy hour by the fireplace. Such a nice way to wind down after race day.
Monday was our completely free day. We all finished the race and didn't have to worry about how much we walked, what we ate, or had to drink. Watch out San Fran! These Okie girls are young, wild, and free!
Ok, maybe not, but you get the idea.
We tried several times to book a trip to Alcatraz, but with the Government shut-down the trips booked up pretty fast. We had also planned on going on a winery tour but that didn't happen either. We did see this GIANT carousel.
Overall, the race was good, I had a lot of fun with the girls, got a Tiffany necklace, and I got to cross this race off my bucket list.