Friday, April 27, 2012

Flashback Friday - NWM

It is Friday Sweets!

How excited am I to say that?!?! Pretty excited. I plan to spend all weekend running, gardening, and playing tennis. Speaking of running, I received an email yesterday informing me that I did not win the lottery. Yep, you heard me. I did not win the lottery.....the race lottery for the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco.

Have you heard of this race? It is run through the nicest neighborhoods of San Francisco. Finishers cross the finish line on a red carpet, greeted by firemen wearing tuxedos holding silver platters. On the silver platters are little blue boxes from Tiffany's with the finishers necklace. I did this race in 2010 and it was awesome.

I was lucky enough to enter as a group with my friends Lindsay and Tessa, with a group ID, and our team was pulled in the lottery. Talk about beginners luck! I have never run such a big race before. I think it was like 10,000 plus.

My friend Lindsay found a great house to rent. geographically, the house was not far from the start line, but it was not close either. It was amazing that we found a taxi driver to pick us up and get us to the starting line on time race morning.

Awesome deck at the rental house. It was fun watching the fog roll in.
Starting line mayhem!
The race was very scenic and hilly. It was not a place for me to PR....especially considering I stopped to take a million photos. I ran by myself because I hang out with such speedy ladies.

It was overcast the whole time and as I approached the finish it started drizzling in only the way the bay area can. It was not really raining, but the combo of the mist in the air and coming off the bay, I was soaked! Not to mention my snail pace did nothing to help me keep warm! Eventually I approached the finish line and collected my Tiffany's necklace.

He is laughing because I told him to make it sexy!
My parents drove into the city to meet us at the finish line. They also gave us a lift back to our house and enjoyed some post race pizza. The walk back to their car was the longest coldest walk of my life!

It was a really great experience and I hope to do the race again sometime. Part of me is happy to not get picked this time because the race will be 2 weeks after I get back from Oktoberfest in Germany. Unless drinking Bavarian brews constitutes as carbo loading, I would not have been ready for a half marathon! Thanks for walking down memory lane with me sweets! Happy (flashback) Friday!


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