Sometimes, I feel so happy and blessed to have found my running group. They are not only the nicest and friendliest peoples ever, but without them, I wouldn’t have done a lot of the super cool things I’ve gotten to do in the past year.
Something I couldn’t have done without them? Pacing!
(BTW, per usuals, many of the photo creds go to Linh!)
I also wouldn’t have PR’d without learning about the fast M2B course from the Running Addicts:
(Official time was 3:39:58).
Another new experience I got to have through the Running Addicts? Running the Golden Gate Bridge!
Remember not too long ago when I came with my roomies to do silly things near the GG Bridge?
Well… I got to freaking run across it this time!
Here’s how it went down. We met at the Sports Basement in Sunnyvale by 6 am and carpooled to the Sports Basement Presidio. From there, we ran out to Fort Mason and turned back to the SB Presidio for a warm-up.
Then we headed out toward the GG Bridge!
(Actually, the SB Presidio is SUPER close to the Bridge!).
Finally, after the little climb up, we were on the Bridge:
I don’t know if I was just being silly, but I felt giddy and this weird exhilaration from running on it for the first time! At least I can get rid of the giddiness before I pace the half in two weeks.
Anywho, we made it to the other side and snapped some pictures:
Running back was a little windy (hold on to your hats, people), but still lots of fun!
This part where you are coming off the Bridge is pretty fun… a nice downhill to the SB Presidio!
Amy and I were too cool to run 22, so we kept our SF run to around 10.5 miles. Since I did 10 trail miles the previous day, I knew I would probably NOT have enjoyed running the 22 with the brave ones who DID do it:
While the others were running, Amy and I did some browsing (and purchasing, hehe) in the Sports Basement. That place is HUUUUUGE. I kind of wanted to buy everything, but I (mostly) kept it to things that I was planning on purchasing (new visor, new socks). They really have a wide variety of items and mark down their shoes a BUNCH when they are about to get the newer models. I’m all for buying an old(er) model of a shoe if it means I pay $35 instead of $100.
We found Kiyoko waiting outside, and the three of us were talking and laughing and sharing stories. Time definitely flew by, and the 22-mile runners came back nice and depleted (that’s also when I was happy with my decision to keep it to a short run, harhar).
To fuel up after the run, we went to Saigon Sandwich:
This is the kind of place I LOVE: Small shop, simple menu, line out-the-door (to show how popular it is), and those ladies get out those sandwiches pretty fast! If you love banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) like I do, GO TO THERE. Note that you WILL be tempted by the squishy and yummy desserts at the counter.
So I will be running the first half marathon in the SFM for the 2:00 pace group. It’s going to be silly fun, you guys. I seriously can’t wait! Luckily, I will be able to run with the 4:00 pace group… it’s just that when I’m done, that will signal that they are only half way, hehe.
I know this course is going to be really nice. I just ran most of it today :). CAN’T WAIT!
Have you run the San Francisco Marathon (or halfs) before?
Have you ever run across the Golden Gate Bridge?
Are you a member of a running group in your area?