run run run !
After a few months of semi-training, fundraising $1,282.40 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a couple weeks of anxiety-type dreams, the hardest part is over. I completed the Nike Women’s San Francisco Full Marathon 2012 (10/14)! Hurrah!
It was a challenging course, but Wayne and I finished injury-free. It was incredibly special not only because Wayne and I ran together the entire course, but my close friends and brother came out to cheer us on.
Marathon day was perfect running weather. It may have not deviated much from the normal cloudy, misty, chilly morning in San Francisco city, but I loved it.
It’s not my best race time, but after many landscape shots, Clif Shot Blocks and several leg cramps later, Wayne and I finished the full marathon in 5 hours and 28 minutes.
Many can’t fathom running 5 hours straight (me neither), but this is how it went down…
all suited up
two fulls + one half (janie is the smart one)
There were quite a number of participants–25,000 runners, lots of estrogen and excitement. This was where I hoped adrenaline would take me far enough to finish this race.
start line at union square
Running through the embarcadero was within the first few miles. I wanted a clam chowder bread bowl as I passed by the Boudin storefront.
mile 2.5 – fisherman’s wharf / pier 39
It was so refreshing to see Eleen, Lucas and my brother on the race route. Victor Vic even ran up the Fort Mason hill with us and tried to convince us to eat some dim sum with him. That silly guy.
best dressed cheerleaders
mile 10: running towards the great highway
- Of course when Victor Vic gets involved, there are some mean action shots. Thanks Brother.
mile 11: so happy to see you !
gotta catch ‘em all
I saw this guy holding a pretty awesome Ryan Gosling sign. Made me smile.
So I obviously got tired and stopped taking photos from my iphone after mile 13. My leg cramps and Wayne’s IT band flared up during miles 19-26. Longest miles of our lives. We pretty much had to walk it off for several miles.
We were so happy when we reached the finish line.
the victor vic
i can now run in the dark, safely
This beautiful Tiffany’s finisher’s medal is the best. I love the dog tag design and the commemorative words (back plate) and the girl running with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance (front plate). I’ve wore mine two weeks straight.
precious finisher’s medal
run run run
My friends are the best. Seriously. I felt their love + support through all 26 miles. Thank you all.
we’re done !
Some other random photos:
I love this creative artwork that Lucas drew. Note that I’m finishing before Wayne and we’re sporting Lululemon shorts and Nike shoes.
Niketown in SF had a wall printed with all the runner’s names. There were two Jennifer Leung’s participating in the race. Pretty awesome.
To sum it all up, I had a wonderful time running this course. If I were to do it again, I’d either train better or run the half marathon. It’s debatable whether I’m more excited that I finished or that I didn’t get any black toes. I was even prepped with black nail polish if I did. (My 2008 marathon left me with two black toes. They never grew back the same)
Wayne and I already talked about doing this race again in 2013!