october 18, 2009: nike women's marathon, san fran: i didn't have a blog back when i ran this very cool marathon unfortunately, but felt like itwas worth writing about. this was the nike women's marathon in san francisco, california. to get in to this marathon, you have to fill out an application by mid may and then much like the NYC marathon, the runners are picked out lottery style. much to my surprise, when i registered for it, i thought i probably wouldn't be one of the chosen one's but by the end of may, i received an email with the good news. my thoughts at that moment...COOL! then i remembered that since this marathon is in mid october, most, if not all of my long runs would be run in the dead heat of summer. and guess what, they all were run in the dead heat of summer!! funny thing is, the weekend of the marathon, the weather in florida was colder than it was in san fran. anyway, so back to the summer training. my strategy was simple, get up by 4am, out the door no later than 4:30am and git er' done before the sun comes up, so that's exactly how i did it and i did this during the week before work so that i could ride, ride, ride all weekend long and not have to have that "long run" weighing on my mind. worked like a charm too.
my overall impression of the race on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being boston marathon awesome...it was a 6.5. san francisco is a great city, my 2nd marathon there, but i still think it's such a pain in the a$$ to travel there from the east coast, the city is so expensive, the hotels nickel and dime you to death and getting around isn't that easy so you are kinda forced to either take a cab or rent a car. if you are on a budget, this is not the marathon to do. if you want to PR (run your fastest time), this course is too hilly for that. pick a race in florida like jacksonville marathon. will i do it again? probably not. once was enough. for me, boston marathon is where it's at...no other marathon will ever compare to that. perhaps that's where i will be april 2011. until then, i have an ironman to train for and i'm in it to win it (ok, not to win it, but finish it which is winning in my book).
to the hills tomorrow for a glorious ride with some fabulous friends.
much love and peace out!