Rock 'n' Roll San Francisco Half Marathon

Date: 04/03/16

Half Marathon #123

Race Name: Rock 'n' Roll San Francisco Half Marathon

Location: San Francisco, CA

image.jpg

Back for my 3rd consecutive year, RnR San Francisco is one of my favorites in the Rock 'n' Roll Race Series Tour!

I like flying into the Oakland airport and taking the BART (train) into the city. It is about an hour flight from the Los Angeles area. I recommend Southwest Airlines, they offer some affordable rates if you book early & up to 2 bags can be checked in free of charge.

San Francisco offers so many wonderful eats and views! It is a quick weekend get away along with 13.1 miles of course :-)

I always stay close to the finish line area. This means I jump into one of the free shuttle buses race morning, this gets me to start line area by the beach.

The course is not easy but the views are very much worth the effort! You will climb a few hills...but your reward is running on the Golden Gate Bridge & running on historic San Francisco streets! Look at my pictures!!! There is nothing to think about here...if your race calendar allows, SIGN UP!!

 

 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
How often do you see a Panda when you run a half marathon?

How often do you see a Panda when you run a half marathon?

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

Running Shoes: HOKA ONE ONE Clifton2

Shirt: lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve

Shorts: lululemon Surge

Compression socks: Pro Compression

Gels: Huma Gel

Sport Camera: GoPro HERO4 Black

Selfie Stick: GoScope Clutch

LA Marathon 2016 - Stadium to the Sea

Date: 02/14/16

Marathon #14

Race Name: Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Official Race site: www.lamarathon.com

Back for my 3rd consecutive year...the LA Marathon holds a special place in my heart because it was my FIRST FULL MARATHON back in 2014!

Why run the LA Marathon? It is the BEST tour of Los Angeles on foot! The point to point course offers many iconic landmarks! You start at Dodger Stadium and finish by the Santa Monica Pier! Everything else in between is all that is LA! Olvera Street, Chinatown, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown LA and so much more! The course offers amazing support from volunteers and the community!

I didn't run this marathon with a time goal in mind, I ran it with my GoPro and the intention of capturing amazing pictures! #alltheselfies

Here is my photo tour of this year's LA Marathon!

I'm already signed up for LAM 2017! Who else is joining me? :-)

Gear used for this race:

Running Shoes: HOKA ONE ONE Clifton2

Shirt: lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve

Shorts: lululemon Surge

Compression socks: Pro Compression

Gels: Huma Gel

Sport Camera: GoPro HERO4 Black

Selfie Stick: GoScope Clutch

Surf City Marathon 2016

Date: 02/07/16

Marathon #13

Race Name: Surf City Marathon

Location: Huntington Beach, CA

Official Race site: www.runsurfcity.com

The full course includes a bacon station....serving freshly cooked bacon! I didn't eat any but I took advantage of the perfect giant bacon selfie opportunity!

This was my third year running Surf City! In 2014 I ran the Half Marathon...when I finished I realized I wanted the BIGGER surfboard finisher medal. In 2015 I ran the Full Marathon and not only earned that bigger surfboard but also had an epic PR with my first and only sub 4 hour marathon! So I signed up for the Full again for 2016 and hoped for a new PR....this is what happened...

I knew I had to lose weight so I cleaned up my diet on December 1st! I lost 10 lbs but that wasn't enough...I have 15-20 more pounds to lose to get to where I was before I jumped on the fun carb wagon back in 2013. Also, for those of you that follow my journey I didn't train with any long distance runs...what you see on my IG feed and in this blog is what I run...

Race morning, all is good, no injuries and I'm well rested. My plan is to run with the 3:50 pacers and hope for the best. I started with the pacers and everything was perfect. I was keeping up without a problem, I even stayed on track while running the few hills on the course which says a lot for me lol.

A marathon is a very long distance. Your mind will play games and test your sanity. There were times of doubt and times of confidence. I was proud to be running with a group of about 12 runners, all in formation...I felt like a professional runner lol.

Mile 12.5 - I start feeling the sun on my face, it's getting warm....at this point I began to worry. Stay with them Richard, stay with them!

Mile 13.5 - I went from gazelle to turtle! I literally couldn't run fast anymore. I was done! Game over! My legs were shot!

Mile 13.6-26.2 - turtle pace....I even drank 3 mini cups of cold beer that was offered on the course to help with numbing my mind and my experience....I was hot, I was slow, I was out there for much longer than I expected. It took me more than 5 hours to finish.

The marathon is a wildcard for me. I just don't know how my body will react. I take some of this responsibility - I should weigh less and I should train with long runs. 

During the run I kept telling myself "I hate marathons" - the struggle was not only real, it was making me very unhappy. I told myself I wouldn't sign up for fulls again and regretted having more in my 2016 calendar.

Fast forward to present day....although I told myself I would sign up for the half next year, part of me is thinking I should go for the full again. (insert emoji of monkey covering eyes here) - something tells me I'll sign up for the full again. We shall see....

My flat runner!

Race morning with Laurie aka @kidtigger - this was her first Marathon!

Giant beard sandwich! Felipe aka @sattlertime on the right.

Although I wasn't having my best race, the views were nothing to complain about!

Gear used for this race:

Running Shoes: HOKA ONE ONE Clifton2

Shirt: lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve

Shorts: lululemon Surge

Compression socks: CEP

Gels: Huma Gel