The SF Half Marathon | Second Edition

Last weekend I tackled the SF Half Marathon for the second year in a row. Last Summer this race was my very first Half Marathon and set off months of excited running and racing. Between the end of July and the beginning of February I did four races – The SF Half Marathon, the Women’s Health 10K, the Golden Gate Half Marathon, and the Kaiser Half Marathon.

When I signed up a few months ago, after taking a little break from running, I was extremely excited. I started a new training program and was setting some goals for myself to work on over the Spring and beginning of the Summer.

Unfortunately, a week before the race, I re-injured my back. With an existing spinal injury, running is all about finding that delicate balance and I work hard to find a program that works for my needs {I talk more about my training in Race Training for the Injured.}

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{Lululemon Tight Stuff Running Tights // Lucy Racerback Tank Top // Saucony Guide 10 // long-sleeved Asics shirt}

  • Course: Since I moved to South Beach last year I’ve had little to absolutely zero hill exposure during my weekly runs. Needless to say, I wasn’t excited for the hilly stretches… But, despite that, the San Francisco Half Marathon is one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever run. From the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero and around Fort Mason until you’re running straight down Marina Blvd surrounded by fog and stretching to see the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun comes up. Just amazing!
  • Organization: The expo for this race is serious business – From gear and tech gadgets to food, drinks, and supplements. They’ve got it all. The big day went smoothly as well, the volunteers were great, and the aid stations were excellent. I loved the Gu Energy Chews available on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Race Day Vibes: It was a MASSIVE crowd. Finding your wave and the right start time was a little intimidating with the sheer number of people milling about, but everyone was excited and encouraging which helped ease the tension. The post-race vibe was great too – Everyone was so psyched and all the volunteers I chatted with after finishing were funny and helpful.
  • Personal Performance: After re-injuring my back, I wasn’t actually sure whether I was going to be able to run. Each day I felt a little bit better so I tried to keep an open mind and just waited to see how I felt on Saturday. Truthfully, I went out to the starting line Sunday morning planning to just start the race and see what happened. I wasn’t sure if I’d walk the course, just run a mile or two, or turn right around and go home. Luckily I found a friend a few miles in and we kept ourselves relaxed and enjoying the race, and I was able to finish the full 13.1 miles. So, while this race wasn’t anywhere near a PR, I would call it one of my favorites because I was just so thrilled to be out there!

This is the third post in my Virgin Sport #GoFitYourself series to get us all excited and prepared for the Virgin Sport Fitness Festival in October {check out the first post here – Virgin Sport San Francisco}. If you want to join me in October to celebrate fitness, or run the SF Bay Half Marathon, I’m excited to say that I have a discount for anyone who wants to join!

Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

Have YOU run a half marathon? Does everything always go okay on race day?

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