When I ran the first half of the San Francisco Marathon in 2012, I NEVER imagined that I would be able to finish the full marathon. But that is just what I did yesterday!
A little dazed, but a solid finish!
AND I PR’d with a finish time of 4:39:01, 13 minutes faster than my first (and only other) marathon! I realize this isn’t SUPER fast for many people, but so many things went right for me yesterday-I’m probably more proud of this finish than any other. I didn’t fall asleep the night of the race, so I was running completely fatigued. I decide to just keep a relaxed pace, unsure if I would be able to get the physical and mental drive to push myself and really race. Looking at my splits, I ran in the range of 9 minutes and 26 seconds per mile to 10 minutes and 21 seconds per mile for most of the course, except for when running over the congested Golden Gate Bridge, which slowed my pace to a crawl.
But I had SO many success yesterday. I NEVER hit a wall. I kept in motion for almost the entire time, except to open and eat my gels (sweaty hands wouldn’t allow me to open them while running!), and to refill my water bottle a couple of times. I’ve never been more prepared to take on hills as I was yesterday, and they didn’t give me a bother at all. I finished this beast of a course happy and proud!
I was lucky enough to get out of work today, so I’m spending the day mending my sore legs and writing a full race recap. I can’t wait to share my experience with everyone!
Congratulations to all the San Francisco Marathon racers!