San Francisco Rock & Roll Half Marathon

This past Sunday marked a milestone for me. No, it was not my first half marathon, but my first race in San Francisco. I apologize now for the glaringly obviously observation I am about to make: it was really hilly. Seriously though, maybe I failed to study the course map ahead of time (true) or maybe I was just being naive about the severity of these hills (also true), but parts of this run kind of kicked my butt (ie: Polk Street through Nob Hill…it literally has HILL IN THE NAME).

The race started early at Ocean Beach, which was wonderfully chilly, then wove from the Richmond, through Sea Cliff (Holy gorgeous mansions), up a massive hill past Baker Beach, to the Golden Gate bridge, over & back, through Chrissy field to the Marina, then up Polk to the finish line at Civic Center. The weather was perfection (as if you’d expect any less from San Francisco) and I even got some sun on my face as I ran. It’s the little victories, people.

The race had a very fun vibe to it and I could tell a lot of runners were visiting from other cities. Kudos to them because I have been living here for almost a year now and I still can’t handle these hills. People were pulling over left and right to take photos along the course, pose with Golden Gate in the background and take just it all in. I don’t blame them at all. I snapped pics (and texted my mom and friend running a few corrals behind me updates) throughout the race. I regularly watch the sun rise over the city while I run before work, but watching it with 11,000 other runners, weaving through the city, really made for something unique.

I ended up finishing in 2:21:05. That’s 10:46 miles to put it in perspective. I had been hoping for to finish closer to the 2:00:00 mark but for someone who had been bed ridden with a fever and sore throat just four days prior, I’m not complaining. My first flu and first race as a San Francisco resident all in the same week?! Killin’ it.

And now, here are a few of said pictures from the race. I know what you’re thinking and yes, of course I took a selfie on Golden Gate. I mean, how often do you get to shut down half of Golden Gate Bridge?