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Running the Golden Gate Half Marathon

Last weekend I was excited to participate in my second Half Marathon race – The Golden Gate Half Marathon.

2016 has, unexpectedly, turned into the year of racing for me. The first race I signed up for was The Guardsmen Presidio 10 Mile Race earlier this year which was really fun and got me hooked. After that I ran The SF Half Marathon followed by doing the Women’s Health Run 10 Feed 10 charity 10K race.

So how did the Golden Gate Half compare?

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  • Course: Similar to the previous four races, this one also crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. What was a little different, and especially fun for me, was that we do a little off-roading on the Northern side of the bridge. After crossing the bridge we spent about half a mile on trails, and even going up hill, it was fun and had a KILLER view.
  • Organization: Really well executed. The bib pick-up and post-race expo were held in Crissy Field and were organized and efficient. Per usual though, the race shirt is sized for a toddler. Seriously – 4 races this year and so far not a single shirt fits an actual human body.
  • Race Day Vibes: Over 4 thousand people were shuffling around Aquatic Park at 7am on the 6th before taking off up Van Ness to turn on Bay Street and head towards the gym. The mood was excited, and a little sleepy, and determined. I had to remember to pace myself because everyone took off like crazy on that first mile!
  • Personal Performance: I inadvertently deactivated the tracking chip on my bib halfway through the SF Half Marathon so goal #1 this race was to actually get an “official” time. I did, however, pull up my Nike Running App screen shot from July and compare it.
    • SF Half – 2:00:07
    • GG Half – 1:56:22 {which included a bathroom break}

The courses were similar, but I think that the GG Half had a bit more elevation, so I’m pretty thrilled with my time. Hills aren’t my strength so I felt pretty good about being able to stick with my pace time. Even more exciting? When I looked at the splits, I had three 8:10 minute miles, including the last two.

I love a strong finish! 🙂

Do YOU have a favorite race? Have you done a half marathon?

 

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My First 10K Race

This past weekend I joined Women’s Health Magazine and Macy’s to support The Feed Project’s Run 10 Feed 10 – A 10k race to raise money to fight hunger here in the United States.

I was excited for this event for a number of reasons. First – I love getting involved with a great cause! I immediately created a Crowdrise fundraising page to support the charity – Caity’s Race To End Hunger.

Second – I’m a huge and long-time fan of Women’s Health Magazine so I was a little bit starstruck by the idea of running with them. Nervous, yes, but mostly just excited.

And finally – This was my first 10K race. I love running and fell in head-over-heels for racing this year. {Check out my posts on The Guardsmen’s Presidio 10 Mile Race and the San Francisco Half Marathon} So I was looking forward to getting a new distance under my competition belt. I’d heard that a 10k was the perfect length – No real training or stress necessary going into the big day, but a long enough distance to be able to push yourself and set some personal goals.

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Needless to say, I had high hopes going in!

  • Course: I’m starting to get fairly comfortable running this part of the city since both the The Guardsmen’s Presidio 10 Mile Race and the San Francisco Half Marathon followed at least part of this course. And I have to confess, running over the Golden Gate Bridge still hasn’t gotten old. Even in fog and rain – It’s breathtaking.
  • Organization: It was easy to sign up for the race, get bibs picked up, and find the location on the big day – It all went smoothly.
  • Race Day Vibes: Positive & exciting. The “dynamic stretching” courtesy of Barry’s Bootcamp was fun and uplifting, and it was fun to see the announcer – Beth Behrs from 2 Broke Girls.
  • Personal Performance: I’ve never had an “official” 10k race time but that was definitely the fastest 6 miler I’ve ever run. Thanks, mostly, to my great pacer. I was excited to have three people from my office sign up for the race and one of them ended up pacing me the whole time – For a new personal best time of 54:27

Have YOU ever run a 10k? What did YOU think?

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