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The San Francisco 1st Half Marathon

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Since I moved to San Francisco a few years ago and got back into running, I've been interested in doing a half marathon that crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. It's one of my absolute favorite things in San Francisco, and I usually run across it for longer training runs. It even feels magical in the fog — it's like you're running through clouds! That desire to run the bridge led me to the San Francisco 1st Half Marathon.

My Dad, who comes out to San Francisco fairly regularly for races, flew out for this race (his first Bay Area half marathon!). We spent the day before the race hiking to the summit of Mt. Livermore on Angel Island (active but tiring enough to encourage us to go to bed early!). Since it was vacation time for him, we enjoyed some wine the night before the race (some very tasty 2014 Walt Blue Jay Pinot Noir), along with homemade spaghetti and turkey meatballs. I don't typically drink before a race, but I think my experience here may make me change my tun…

Bay to Breakers: A Quintessentially San Francisco Race

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A few years ago, I moved to San Francisco on Bay to Breakers weekend. Every year since then, my dad has flown out from Indianapolis to join me the annual run/costume party/longest consecutively run footrace in the world. This year was no exception! We even dressed up in costumes this year.


In addition to my dad, though, a whole group of friends joined us as fellow Waldos. Or, rather, we joined them. The Where's Waldo? idea came from my friend Kim a few days before the race, and it ended up being a pretty fun costume. All along the race course, we had people run up to us, exclaiming "We found you!" There were also a few other scattered groups of Waldos, and it was fun running up behind them and saying hello.


Now, onto the race itself...
For those of you who have run Bay to Breakers before, you probably know that it isn't a race to run for a PR. The number of people who run it is massive, so unless you're in Corral A (which I believe you can only get in with a prov…

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

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Hey there! Long time, no talk. I've gotten into a (relatively) steady rhythm of running and yoga and, when you throw in the fact that I started a new job in January, I just have been tired and haven't felt like I've had much interesting to write about. But I did run my fifth half marathon a few weeks ago, so I felt like that warranted a post.

So, without further ado, the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon!

Probably my favorite post-race picture I've ever taken!
I signed up for this race in late December when my friends Kim and Brent told me that they were going to run it. What I didn't think of at the time, though, was the fact that Super Bowl 50 volunteering was going to end up taking up the majority of my free time in January. So, my training got a bit derailed. But, having just PRed the Berkeley Half in November, I wasn't too worried. I knew I was in decent shape, and I was completely okay with having to walk if needed. I was essentially just looki…