Monday, October 22, 2007

...and a half

rebecca (2:24:49), kaylynn (2:22:04), julia (2:22:04), maren (2:21:11) & molly (2:13:28)

Yesterday I ran in the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco. What a race! It starts in Union Square where you run out to Pier 1, up and around The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf, Chrissy Field, up toward the Golden Gate Bridge (no fog in sight...what a view!!!)...at mile 6 you tun the opposite direction of the bridge and run UP (yes, i mean UP) for one mile, then down a bit for mile 7, then UP, UP, UP for miles 8, 9 and part of 10...at which time you hit the coast. Wow. As we turned the corner and ran down highway one toward the beach, it was so beautiful! Mile 11 goes inland toward Golden Gate Park and mile 12 is back out to the finish line on the shore. I had tons of energy at the end, which has never happened before.

my little fam...

It was probably the hardest of the three halves I have done...but I think I had a PR. yay! Plus, who could complain when there are men in tuxedos at the finish line handing you a necklace from Tiffany & Co.??? I ran it with four great girls: Julia, Molly, Rebecca and Kaylynn. Molly came in first and our wonderful support crew members were looking for the rest of us running in a bunch. I came in before Julia and Kaylynn and our spectators didn't see me...so, no pictures of me crossing the finish line, but this is a pretty funny video from Ryan when he thought I was coming.


video

support crew and necklace from tiffany & co.

yummy artichoke scramble post-race (julia is saying, "oh yeah, this looks good!") and matching ribbons we all wore as it's national breast cancer awareness month

10 comments:

launi said...

go maren!

Nate, Morgan and Asher said...

i've heard about this race and it sounds awesome. i think i am going to do it next year!

sad that ryan missed you coming in.

way to go!

Karen Hauley said...

For the first time, that pink breast cancer ribbon put tears in my eyes. Thank you.

The Wades said...

we all know hobee's rocks. it was delicious (minus the tomatoes). the BDBIT rocks as well.

Karen, thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Maren--That sounds like an amazing half--I love San Fran. What a sweet race. Way to run hard. --Becky Felt

The Marshalls said...

i like these pictures.. you look amazing by the way. Maybe i'd like running again if i could run with someone... ed runs with me but ed more so likes sprinting and pushing himslef beyond human limits.

Karen Hauley said...

OK, I just watched the video again and I have to say, Ryan, I'm really glad you found Maren. p.s. She is not to be underestimated. Lug you guys.

ryan, maren and leah said...

morg, you should totally do it next year! it was a tough course, but such a fun race...and for a really good cause!

sorry to make you cry, mom...

Emily said...

That is awesome Maren! I am glad you are doing what you love! What a good motivator for me!

Justin and Amelia said...

Nice biceps Maren! You go girl!