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Nike Women’s Half Marathon in the books!

Race Recap Summary:

Race course = Great!

Finish-Line festivities = Poor!

It’s the fifth time I am running this race. First in 2009 as a full marathon and then as half marathons. This year the course changed and everyone freaked out before the race – including me. LOL.

But really there was no need for this. I LOVED the new course (Darn it! This makes me want to run it again…). Even the hill at mile 10 had nothing on me. It probably helped that we ran it during several Team in Training runs.

Read the full race recap here: No Heels Just Sneakers – Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco 2014 – Race Recap

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Getting ready for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2014

This is the fifth time I am running the Nike race in San Francisco. My first Nike Women’s race was the Full Marathon in 2009. Then I learned you get the Tiffany’s necklace when you run the half marathon. Hence, with all subsequent races I took the smarter, “I am only half crazy” option of the half marathon.

View my full re-race report on No Heels Just Sneakers – Getting ready for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2014.

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Half Marathon 25 – San Luis Obispo

Easily my favorite race this year. This was our Team in Training official spring race. I volunteered as a Team in Training mentor this spring and 2 of my mentees ran this race. For both of them it was the first race they ever completed. It felt like such an honor to be there with them as they achieved their goals.

We were staying at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo and if you have never been there, check it out. It is different.

This was my room. It is one panoramic photo.

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Broken up in several photos it looks like this:

The race was actually quite nice. It was hilly, but hilly half marathons seem to be my specialty this year, so it didn’t make any top cut in my races this year. 😉

We passed vineyards and people tossing washers/horseshoes and I was tempted to just join any of them, but my running buddy wanted to make sure we reach the finish line sober and in time before closure (so serious… lol). We had tons of fun on the course, but somehow I missed taking pictures during the run.

Here is us at the finish line:

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Half Marathon 24 – Rock ‘n Roll San Francisco

I still don’t know if I really liked this race. It felt a lot like “done it”, “know the course”, “not excited”. If you have never run in San Francisco, this is a great race. But since my move to the Bay Area, I have run a few races in the city. This race felt like a repeat of the races and training runs I have completed over the past 10 months. So, forgive me, if I don’t sound too excited. I do say it is a beautiful run. A little scary, especially crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. 2 lanes are reserved for the runners, but you have cars driving by on your side only separated by traffic cones. At times that was a little off-putting.

I did have fun though. We had another crew of Team in Training buddies out there and it is always fun running with friends!

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This is a picture I took leading up to the Golden Gate Bridge:

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OK, maybe it’s a little dark. I had  a weird filter on my smartphone camera by mistake…

Yes, and I did stop on the bridge to take a selfie (who didn’t?). As a responsible runner I also tried to stay out of everyone’s way while I took my selfie. Seriously! 🙂

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Half Marathon 23 – Go Green St Patrick’s Day

Catching up with some of my earlier races this year.

I can’t believe it, but I ran 6 half marathons so far this year. It’s kind of crazy. 🙂

Half marathon #23 was the Go Green St Patricks’ Day half marathon in Los Gatos, California.

We had a whole bunch of our Team in Training crew out there and it was a fabulous run on a fabulous day. Can you tell from the photo?

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I loved the medal. It’s probbaly one of my most favorite.

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And, yes, there may have been some of these involved after the run…

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My first virtual race director experience

Short version: I loved it!

I «directed» my first virtual race in April – This Chick Loves To Run (for a cure) – to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
With the support of all participants we raised over $1,000 for LLS! In my books that’s pretty awesome.

My goals were:

  • To raise funds for LLS
  • To create a supportive community via Facebook and G+
  • To ensure all participants enjoy the experience
  • To have an awesome medal for all runners

I won’t lie. It was hard work. I was trying to create inspiring posts in the communities most days, reading every post, responding to every post.
But I also don’t lie when I say it was one of the most rewarding months I had this year!

I loved the creative process of coming up with a medal design with my friend Arek. I loved it when participants posted in the communities. I loved it when people told me how much they liked the medal.

I don’t know if everyone who participated had a great experience or loved the medal, but I do hope so. And the feedback that I have received was as overwhelmingly positive.

Thank you all, who joined in to make this such a rewarding experience for me and for the cause!
You made this experience ridiculously amazing for me!!

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