The San Francisco Marathon 2014

Yesterday was the San Francisco Marathon. The 4th marathon I’ve run, and my second marathon this year. And it was also my 30th birthday!

Mine and my twin sister’s 30th birthday

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I almost missed the expo because traffic from Sac to SF on Saturday was crazy! I have never experienced such awful traffic going to San Francisco and I hope I don’t have to again! At least I finally got my bib & was FINALLY off to the hotel.

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Oh, wait…we made stop at the Sports Basement . I need some new training shoes. Mine currently have 400+ miles on them. Unfortunately they have a small selection of Altra running shoes and they didn’t have the shoes I wanted. They did however have some Altra trail running shoes on sale for $50 – and with the 10% discount they were offering for all the SF Marathon runners I HAD to get them! $45 for a pair of Altra trail shoes…um, yes please. I am so excited to go run some trails! This wasn’t totally a spontaneous buy, I have been wanting to start trail running 🙂

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 Okay, Finally off to the hotel. I booked a room at the Westin St.  Francis. I was excited to stay at a nice hotel for my 30th birthday. But we didn’t stay there. Upon check-in I was told they over booked. The scene from Seinfeld when Jerry makes a reservation for a car, only to show up and the car isn’t available for him came to mind. How do I not have a room when I booked it months in advance??! The nice thing about the situation was Westin comped us a room at Le Meridian (although not nearly as nice of a hotel!). But it was closer to the race and we didn’t have to pay for anything. Happy birthday to me from the Westin I guess….

View of the Bay Bridge from our room

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This was the first time I had run the SF Marathon and I was told a few things about it:

– The first half has most of the hills

– The first half is the more scenic half

– The second half is fast – more flat and downhill

– The weather is usually very nice for this race

Let me just say – the hills were NOT even that bad! The hills at the US Half Marathon were more steep than this race. I’m not one to complain about hills though. If you’re worried about them but considering this race next year, my advice: don’t worry. Honesty, my issue with hills isn’t running up them, it is running down them. It is hard on my knees.

The morning of the race! Representing November Project Sacramento

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Views of the city as we walked to the start line…

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I started in Wave 6 – waaay too slow of a wave for me. I realized after the race. My boyfriend signed me up for this race back in December as a Christmas present. When he asked my finish time I was a bit too conservative and told him to put me in the 4:30 finish wave. Oh well, next time I will know better.

Here I come!

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Here is the course of the race:

SF Marathon 2014! by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

This was a very beautiful race. Races in San Francisco always are! Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is amazing…too many slow runners, but the amazing views almost make up for it. However, people stopping in the middle of everyone running and taking pictures on the bridge…cut that shit out. If you’re going to be all touristy take a picture in an area us other runners aren’t going to run into you! Please and fucking thank you.

Running to the bridge and then back down the road was the first time I saw a cheer group from November Project San Francisco . They were awesome!! Out there high-fiving, dancing and cheering everyone on! I also saw them around mile 19 or 20…some where around there. The spectators throughout the entire race were pretty cool. It is always such a great feeling having people out there cheering for you. Around mile 21 people were handing out pretzels and I was super excited to grab a handful. I needed some food and salt in my system. Then around mile 21.5 I tripped over a manhole cover, fell and my pretzels went flying. So much for that.

Here I am almost to the finish.

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My official finish time was 3:58:56 which is about 2 minutes slower than my marathon PR (Napa 2014 3:56:51).

Favoritest supporter ever!

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 How cool is this…took a walk around the neighborhood last night and found an address that is the same as my birthday! Obviously I had to walk onto their porch and get a picture.

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In case you wanted to see the aftermath of my fall. This one actually wasn’t too bad. I really need to stop falling though.

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San Francisco Marathon Training: Day 119 of 126

7 more days until the San Francisco Marathon! I have been waiting F-O-R-E-V-E-R for this day! When I heard last year that this race was going to be on my birthday I knew that I was going to run it. I changed plans quite a few times for my 30th birthday – staying the weekend in Santa Cruz, wine tasting in Napa…then I saw the SF Marathon changed the race date to July and made a final decision of how I would be celebrating turning 30.  I have been training hard. Early mornings. Making running a priority. And having a great time doing it. I’ll admit, there were days that I didn’t feel like running and I was just not into it, but I am sure we all go through that.

Today was my last long run – 10 miles. It was a nice run. I slept in so my run got started very late (for me) about 10AM. I ran to my parent’s house, visited the dogs.

Me and Chewy – I love her. She’s so damn old.

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Here is my course from today:

SF Marathon Training Long Run – 10 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Pretty random. After visiting my parents I was getting tired & hungry so we stopped at the Sun & Soil Juice Company . My first time there! They are super nice, and have great juices. Loved the service and I will be back all the time!! I had the Sweet Green today. YUUMMM!!

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So I had a dream last night that I was running a marathon and I finished in 3:38:11. I am hoping for a 3:40, but who knows. This will be my first marathon in San Francisco. I have run a few halfs in the city, so I know to expect a hilly course, but we will see how it goes. I know I have become a stronger runner since using the Hansons Marathon Method for my training. I also know I am lacking confidence…still. I am afraid of burning out and not being able to finish. That’s my worst fear during a race, especially a marathon. For this race I’m not going to worry about it and trust my training.

I will also be sporting my November Project Sacramento Grassroots Gear! (How do you like my headless mirror picture?)

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Good luck to everyone racing SF next Sunday! I will see you there!

San Francisco Marathon Training: Day 105 of 126

Oh boy. My life has been pretty busy lately…and by busy I mean CRAZY and stressful as hell at work and with my other part-time jobs. I have been doing pretty well with my training, but I am sad to say these past 2 weeks I have really been slacking. I don’t know why. I know stress has been a huge part of it, and being tired. Usually I can train through that and it makes me feel better. However, lately I feel like my marathon training is just another thing for me to be stressed about.

Obviously this is upsetting to me. I don’t want running – something I LOVE – to feel like a job or a chore. I don’t want it to,  and don’t need it to bring more stress into my life! So I have decided to try to take it easy. I am not going to worry if a run wasn’t as fast as I wanted it. I am not going to beat myself up if my weekly mileage is short by a few. I want to go back to having fun with running. I do have to say though that my 4th of July run was great!! Last year I ran this in about 55 minutes, this year it was just over 40 minutes. Nice! So I do know that when I need to I can and will be able to run my best – by the way that was a 5 mile race. Here is the link. I did run to the race, so I had about a 3 mile warm up.

SF Marathon Training – Buffalo Chips 5 Miler by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

So what do you do when you’re stuck in a rut? Number 1: make sure you have a good support system. You NEED this! Family, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend, co-workers…Luckily the doctor I work for is awesome and has helped tremendously with my work stress. I am so grateful for that! I am also lucky to have a boyfriend that is a lot more level-headed than me. I tend to fly off the handle – not something I am proud of, I’ll admit – but he is always there to talk some sense into me. Even if I don’t want to hear it and I just want to be right 😉 Number 2: do something for yourself that makes you happy! Today I signed up to train with Kaia FIT Sunrise . It is an all women’s fitness gym movement…thats a better word! They have ass-kicking workouts and such amazing women coaching and working out. A true, supportive fitness family. I feel like I really need that right now. As much as I love to workout on my own, and make at home workouts sometimes you just need others. Right now is that time. It will also help hold me accountable. I have not been eating the greatest and drinking a little too much. I took some before pictures today (that I REALLY don’t want to post) but I will be posting them around the end of August. After my first month with Kaia. I want to see some major improvements.

I have also decided to change up my runs this weekend. As much as I love Sacramento, running here 6 days a week, pretty much the same area every time can get boring. I have been wanting to run along the coast for a while now and that is the plan! I am very excited for some beach time this weekend!

Thanks for reading my little rant! Sometimes I need to just let it out. I also want people to know everyone goes through a time when they don’t want to train or a hard time in life in general. It is going to be hard. Don’t give up. Remember why you do what you do. Whether it is for you or some one you care for. We all have a reason. I have mentioned this before, but when things get tough for me I try to remember my uncle. He was a quadriplegic for the last few years of his life. I have a quote of his tattooed on my arm, “I’ll be alright”. If he can be alright laying in a bed, unable to move 24 hours a day for years, I can suck it up; be more positive and continue to work hard for what I want. Thanks Uncle Mando and happy birthday.

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Help Me Run The Nike Women’s Half Marathon

About 2 weeks ago I posted a give-a-way for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon . I was offering a FREE registration from Team In Training – which offers training, help with fundraising, hotel stay, dinner, celebration after the race…and running in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco! There were a few readers interested, but not willing to commit to the fundraising. Which I get. I didn’t really want to raise money myself. However, after some thought, I decided I will register with Team In Training for the NWHM. I want to challenge myself, I want to help those who are living with cancer, I want to do something to make a difference.

Now here I am. My goal: $2,500. I believe that is doable. I have NEVER done any type of fundraising before (well, I did do a spell-a-thon back in elementary school). I will admit I am a little nervous, but this is for a good cause. In case you are not aware of what Team In Training and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are about here is some info:

In 1988, Bruce Cleland assembled a NYC Marathon team to raise money in honor of his daughter, a leukemia survivor. 

38 runners raised $322,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) work to discover new treatments for blood cancers.

During the next 25 years, LLS’s Team In Training (TNT) has become the leader in endurance sports training for charity, funding significant therapies like chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, which have a significant impact on blood cancer patients.

Today, LLS funds only the most promising advances; targeted therapies like Gleevec®, Velcade® and Dacogen® take aim at cancer cells, and destroy them. Immunotherapies use a patient’s own immune system to kill cancer. And the repurposing of existing drugs for arthritis and antifungals to fight specific leukemias are breakthroughs that allow patients to live their best life, today.

TNT and LLS fundraising efforts through marathons, triathlons, cycling and hiking really are making cures happen. Coaches will expand your fitness level with workouts, nutrition and hydration clinics. And you’ll have staff members to help with fundraising support.

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I am very excited for this opportunity to raise money for TNT and LLS. I am asking my readers to please go to my donation page and donate now! No donation is too small! But just to give you an idea how easy this could be – if every one of my blog subscribers donated $10 I would have $1,590. More than half of what I need to raise!

I am also toying with the idea of a Run-A-Thon. This will possibly be happening early August so keep an eye out for that – very exciting!!

Thank you all so much for your support. Here is the link to my personal fundraising page:

Haley’s NWHM Fundraising Page