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The Story of Three December 7, 2011

Filed under: Baby,San Francisco,Seattle — Kelocity @ 8:19 am
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So I can hardly believe it myself, but it’s true. We’re having a baby!!!! As of today, I am 13.5 weeks pregnant (a little over three months). And let me tell you, it’s probably the hardest secret in the world to keep.

Remember back in October we took a trip to Seattle? Well, we flew up there with a pregnancy test in our luggage hoping for some good news while we were there. Still makes me laugh when I think about this. A good mom is always prepared, right?!
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I was already five weeks pregnant when I took the test, so we were pretty sure we’d see positive results, but it was still an overwhelming moment to see it confirmed with a big YES! I cried and cried and I think Irving was just in shock. It was a moment I will never forget.

Then we spent the whole day in Seattle sightseeing and repeating over and over again “can you believe it, we’re going to have a baby!” Just felt so surreal.
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And then we proceeded to take pictures like this all over the city:
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The next morning, we ran out and bought one more test, because really, one is not enough. And then it was official!
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Flying home was fun because we knew once we stepped foot in our house again, we’d never be the same. We left as a family of two, and came back knowing we were now a family of three.
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Plus we’re getting the baby used to flying early so he/she will have a lifetime of travel. =)
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We kept our beautiful little secret to ourselves for a week. We’d find each other smiling back with silly grins once in a while and only we would know why. It was fun.

A week later, we traveled again up to San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, and decided to tell our family then. Irving’s family in person…. and mine via skype. It’s hard being 3,000 miles away, but it was still exciting to “see” them.
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The next day, Irving and I walked 13.1 miles together, which flew by since we were chatting about the future.
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So there you have it, the story of how two becomes three and how our lives will never be the same.

 

2011 Nike Women’s Marathon: Race Recap October 17, 2011

Well, it was that time of year again!

2011 marks my SEVENTH time doing the Nike Women’s Marathon. I did the full in 2005 and then the half in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. And here we are again! I can’t believe I’ve been running for 7 years.
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Irving and I drove up to San Francisco late on Friday night and arrived into the city at 1am. We fell asleep right away and woke up Saturday bright and early, just in time to hit up the expo as it opened.
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I have to say that after being at that expo 7 years in a row, the appeal has worn off. I’m not interested in the overpriced apparel, gimicky nike + promotions and hour long waits for free stuff. Nike has a captive, vulnerable audience and they’re not ashamed of taking your money and making it clear who their sponsors are. If you were a first timer, I’m sure it’s just as amazing as you’d think it would be. But for me, I think I finally got a little bored with it.

The best part? Seeing my friend Niki (who was running the full!)
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And getting free Keurig Coffee and Tea from their truck across the street (not affiliated with Nike).
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I grabbed my goodie bag and a few samples of Ghiradelli chocolate and left the crowds behind us in search of lunch.
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We met up with Irving’s mom and grandmother, who were nice enough to trek into the city to see us. We had a great meal together and hung out for the afternoon.
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After they left, we went in search of pre-race snacks and then hit the sack. We had an early wake up call the next morning! But since our hotel was LITERALLY right at the start line (we could see the corrals below us from the window!) we got to sleep in a bit longer! Score!
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Oh, didn’t I tell you? I had company this year! Irving decided to walk the whole 13.1 miles with me! I was so excited! I had fun showing him the ropes where to check our bags, how to fuel before the start and how to get pumped for the race.
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It was unseasonably warm this year! Didn’t even need a long sleeve at the start! (This was me in 2005… I had on two shirts and a trashbag to keep warm!

Anyways, before we knew it it was GO TIME! I told Irving to keep to the sides when we started or else we’d get trampled (since we were just walking it this year). But as soon as we started he took off running and it felt good.
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The surge of energy lasted about .2 miles and then we began to walk, but at a brisk pace.  We held a steady 17 minute mile for almost all of it.
This picture is so funny because everything is in focus except for Irving. haha.
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The miles were ticking by and we were chatting the day away. Irving grew up near San Francisco but we walked through parts he’d never seen before which was super fun.
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I love San Francisco. If I do this race again, it is because you just can’t beat these views.
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Oh, good morning Golden Gate Bridge! (There was ZERO fog!)
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A little while later and we were at Mile 12! You know what that means? CHOCOLATE MILE!!!
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Then we rounded the corner and headed to the finish! Here we come!
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Crossed the finish line hand in hand! (Can’t wait for the Pro Pictures!) And got my Tiffany’s Necklace handed to me by a firefighter in a tux. Mmm Hmm! (Oh, Husband is with me, darn!) Jk! Kinda.
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This was my 12th official half marathon (and 16th endurance race total). Whoop! Just Five more races needed towards my goal of completing 20 endurance races before I’m 30 goal!)

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Wanna see THE NECKLACE?
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Here she is! [FRONT]
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[BACK]
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Let me just add that to my collection of Tiffany’s Race Jewelry. This makes my heart happy. I’m so proud of these.
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The finisher’s shirt was pretty rocking this year. It’s a lightweight dri-fit and I love the yellow color. I actually don’t think I have a yellow drifit despite my huge collection.
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Official time: 3:45:51 (average pace of 17:14)
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Another 13.1 under my belt. done and done.

 

Earthquake Country! November 30, 2010

Filed under: Family,San Francisco — Kelocity @ 2:00 pm
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Sunday, we all wanted to get outside and get some fresh air!
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We gathered up the family and headed out on a 1.5 hour road trip to Point Reyes.
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What a good lookin’ bunch, yes?

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The drive up north was great, so much to look at. This is San Quentin prison! Yikes!
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We finally got up to our destination!
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Welcome to Earthquake Trail!
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This was a half mile educational loop filled with all kinds of info about how Earthquakes work. (All of us nerds loved it!)

EJ proclaimed: “Take a picture of this sign and we can read it later”. lol
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The hike itself was more of a stroll, but it was nice.

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And then we found this!

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Those blue posts mark the San Andreas fault!
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All I kept thinking of was Land of the Lost when they fall into the earthquake crack. LOL
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The best part was seeing this fence. This was once connected, but in the early 1900s, the plates moved 12 feet in less than a minute!
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Here is all four of us demonstrating how far apart the plates moved!
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After our geography lesson, we headed over to a history lesson!
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They have an old Indian Village that has been restored to it’s original form.
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This used to be how they lived!
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And they had Teepees too!
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Then we went inside the “Sweat Room” (not quite sure what that was for. lol)
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EJ running out of the Sweat Room. HAHA
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Then for some reason, I decided to jog back to the car.
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It was a fun way to spend the day.
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So much of this great state to explore still.

 

A Year to be Thankful for… November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving was a blast this year. It’s always fun when families from all over the country can get together to celebrate family. This time around, we headed up to San Francisco to Irving’s mom’s house.

We left late on Wednesday night to ‘beat’ the traffic rush. We hit a little bit on the grapevine heading out of Los Angeles…
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But after that, it opened up and it was actually a really nice drive. Per usual, we stopped at Harris Ranch for dinner. I love that place. One of these days, we’re going to spend the night there, it’s just so cute.

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On Thanksgiving Day, we woke up, and the cooking began!
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I made my favorite Sweet Potato Casserole (the recipe from my Aunt Donna that I make for Thanksgiving every year). It’s so good!
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Awe!
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Before we knew it, EJ (Irving’s sister) and  her wife Sarah had arrived…and jumped straight into the kitchen!
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Irving also helped prepare our Thanksgiving meal…
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Don’t worry…we woke him up to carve the Turkey!
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Sarah made a fantastic Pecan Pie!
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All the siblings-in-laws (is that a word?)
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Our Turkey was AWESOME! I am not a huge turkey eater, but I really enjoyed this one.
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Ok.. ready for the menu?

Wine & Rolls
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Cranberry Sauce with Cream Cheese and Pecans
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Sweet Potato Casserole
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Peas with Pearl Onions
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Gravy
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Green Bean Casserole
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Pineapple and Cheese (I need to get this recipe, it was sugary goodness!)
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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Happy Thanksgiving!!
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My Plate:
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Cheers to a great family, all together!
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And if that wasn’t enough food… perhaps we should have dessert? We had a whole bunch of treats including the Peacn Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake and these chocolate covered dates we brought back from Dubai!
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We finished off the night with a fun game of ‘Apples to Apples’. Even Nini played, it was so fun!
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And then I think we all fell asleep with food comas. What a fun day!

 

Black Friday Wine Tasting! December 1, 2009

Filed under: San Francisco — Kelocity @ 8:53 pm
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Instead of braving the crowds at the stores this year, we headed up to Sonoma Valley to go Wine Tasting instead! It was the annual Sonoma Valley Open House! We went with Irving’s Aunt and Uncle (Hi Jake and Janie!) They do it every year, and we were so excited to join them this time! For $30, you get a glass and you can go to all the wineries and sample their wines! Each winery also had food to sample too! We pretty much ate and drank our way through Sonoma Valley. 🙂

Check out this Wreath made out of corks! This was at the Little Vineyards Winery.

It definitely felt like fall up there. So many beautiful colors!

This was the tasting room at Valley of the Moon Winery. They definitely had the best wine/food pairings there. We ate Pasta, Garlic Bread, Chocolates and a great Waldorf Salad!

Jake and Janie came prepared! They had wine trays to hold their food samples while we sipped the wine! They let us borrow some too. I think we were the envy of Wine Country that day. Everyone was jealous of their brilliant idea!

I think these were taken at Loxton Winery.

The Kunde Winery was gorgeous!

They have caves and tunnels under the vineyard! It was so cool!

This is the glass we got, isn’t it pretty?

Irving’s excited to go into the cave… you know why?

They had Grilled Cheese Panini’s and Tomato Soup in there!!!!

Grapes still on the vine!

Inside the Wine Cave!!

Mmm… Chocolates filled with Raspberry at the Kenwood Winery!

Then it started to rain! (But I love rain, so I was ok with it)!

But the sun came out and it was just beautiful! These were at the St. Francis Winery. It was so beautiful! They served awesome Chocolate Cherry Cookies with their port wine! Mmm!

Last on our list was the Ledson Winery. Can you believe this is someone’s house?! The tasting rooms were on the lower level.

We sampled a few of their wines (and had the most AMAZING brownies there!) But they were not very nice to us. We were thinking about purchasing the Orange Muscat, I went to the counter to sample it, and Irving was standing right beside me waiting for his pour. And at 4:01pm (1 minute past closing time), they refused to pour any more! I pleaded for them to let Irving have his taste…. but they turned everyone else away at the counter! Needless to say, we walked out without buying it! One minute past closing time, really?! It wasn’t that good anyways.

But they do have a very picturesque property!

The light was perfect!

After a fun day of wine tasting, we stopped by Irving’s friend, Thomas’s house to visit with his family. His wife, Julie served us the most amazing homemade apple pie! Then the boys played Video Games!

The perfect end to the perfect day!

 

Nike Women’s Marathon 2009 Race Recap! October 22, 2009

Filed under: Marathons,San Francisco,Uncategorized — Kelocity @ 12:00 pm
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Well it’s been almost a week since I ran my 10th (!!) long distance race. I was so excited for race weekend. I can’t believe it had been my 5th Nike Marathon race weekend. Wow.  Here’s my recap with all the ups and downs that come with being a runner!

I flew up to San Francisco on Saturday Morning. Irving drove me super early in the morning and I caught a 6:30a flight up. I tried to sleep a little bit, but I think I was just too excited. When we landed, I realized that the girl sitting next to me was also going to the Marathon Expo (Hi Crystal!!) So we rode the BART together to Union Square. It was so fun having someone to hang out with. We got our race bibs and explored the expo tent together!

The colors were super cute this year. Purple and Salmon.

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They put everyone’s names on a giant wall that is as big as the whole Nike Store. It took me forever, but I finally found my name!

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Niketown had some super cute clothes this year. I loved this half-zip hoodie. The color was actually a salmon-ish pink color. It looked so cozy!

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Niketown was packed as usual. The store is 5 stories tall! And almost all of the floors had Nike Marathon gear on them. They must have made a fortune!

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I signed this wall… not sure what it was for, but who doesn’t like to sign walls. ha! I signed small, it said “TEAM BOSTON!”

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I love this “Pose Like a Girl” background. It’s so cute! We got there before the photographer was set up, so we could take our own pictures.

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Then later, I caught up with Janet, and we had some professional ones done! (The picture itself is better quality, this is just a scan).
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Whoo Hoo!!!!
PS, I carried that backpack around with me ALL DAY!!!

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Who can resist “runway” photos. 🙂
The red bag on the right was our Swag Bag!

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Some of the goodies I got at the Expo. Say Yes to Carrots!

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We “run like girls!”
This picture makes me smile. 🙂

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Alex and I!
So sad she didn’t run this year. But she was with us in Spirit!

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My sister-in-law EJ modeling the awesome Nike Sweatshirt that we all love so much! Isn’t it so cute!

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Niketown!

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Noah and Janet!

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We have arrived!

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At the expo, Joan Benoit and Karen Goucher did a short presentation to get us pumped for the race. They’re both running legends. Joan is a Gold Medal Olympian and Karen is a World Champion.

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EJ and Sarah outside the Race Expo!

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Me, EJ and Sarah!

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Noah and Janet outside the Race Expo.

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So I was starting to get the begining pains of shin splints and I was getting nervous because I didn’t want them to get worse right before I start training for Boston. So I went to the medic tent, and had the trainer wrap my legs with tape. They did such a great job, but it was cutting off the circulation in my feet, so I took the tape off and figured I could retape them myself in the morning. More on that later!

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I had some time to kill before we left the expo, so I waited in line for an hour at the expo to have my nails painted. I picked “Team in Training” purple. lol

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Then we all took the BART to Irving’s mom’s house (where we stayed for the weekend!) We had a really nice carbo load dinner (with Pasta and Salad). Then we came home and got ready for race day! Per usual, I laid out all my running stuff. Can you believe that I carry almost all of this stuff with me when I run?

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We had to get up early, and I was up and out of bed by 3:50am!! That’s mighty early, but such is the life of a marathoner! But even with getting up that early, I still barely had enough time to get myself together. I just kept forgetting things and second guessing everything. I think I was just anxious? I just felt like I was missing something.

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We drove to San Francisco and took the shuttle bus to Union Square. It was sooo crowded. It was nearly impossible to move around! We used the bathroom in the JW Marriott to avoid the porta-potties. SCORE!
We had just enough time to check our bags and find our pace groups. I got separated from all my friends, and this is when I started freaking out. I turned my Garmin Watch on… and it flashed “Low Battery” and then just completely turned off! Without my watch, I had no way of tracking my pace and my intervals. I rely on that for my whole race! I wanted to beat my time and push myself. I was almost in tears with the thought that my whole race would fail because of this. But I realized that part of running is rolling with the punches and not letting outside things affect the run. So I took a few deep breaths, and found my awesome friend, Janet. She was so excited, and her positive energy totally set the mood for me. It’s not always about “racing”, sometimes, it’s about enjoying the company and the atmosphere. I’m so lucky to be able to run with a strong healthy body, and I wasn’t going to let some stupid watch battery change that. We decided to run together for as long as we could. It was the best decision I could have made, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Thanks Janet!

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Because we started in the wrong coral, it only took us 7 minutes to cross the start line! (Usually it’s like 20 minutes!)

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Around mile 2, I realized that I taped up my legs too tight, and my muscles couldn’t flex enough to run! So I stopped and ripped all the tape off.  It was so frustrating. I didn’t find my groove until Mile 4 or 5. Then I started to enjoy it more and more!

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Janet and I surged up the hill at mile 6!

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What a beautiful day for a run!

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Motivational Signs along the route!!

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The downhill at mile 9!!! WHEEE!!!!

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I love my Orange Skirt!! It matches my LA Racers shirt. haha.

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The course split around mile 12. YAYY SO CLOSE!

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I walked most of mile 12 because I was getting pretty tired, but I sprinted the last mile because i knew my PR was within reach. I grabbed my free Ghiradelli chocolate square on the way and shoved it in my fuel belt to enjoy later. 🙂
As I rounded the bend for the final stretch, there was a Pop Chips truck giving away free bags of chips. HAHA I totally snagged one.

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I ran towards the finish line and spotted Janet’s husband, Noah. He snapped this picture! (You can see my bag of chips in my hand. haha)

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The guy didn’t take my finishing picture, so I stood there til he snapped this one. HAHA

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I crossed thefinish line and got my tiffany necklace from these fine gentlemen in tuxes!

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Can you find me? (I’m on the right in the hat).
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Crazy hat hair!

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EJ and I! She finished 16 minutes ahead of me!

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With Chely!!

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Here comes Sarah! She ran the full marathon!

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Go Sarah, Go!

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Showing off my finisher’s shirt and my tiffany prize. 🙂

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The finisher’s area was so crowded. But it was still fun to collect all the goodies and walk around. Safeway was giving away Tennis Balls to use to massage your muscles after the race! What a great idea!

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One of my favorite parts of the expo is the “Pose like a Girl” station. These pics came out so cute!
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We got these cool reusable bags at the finish line too. It was perfect to put all our stuff in. I loved it! Then we waited in the crazy long bus line to go back to our car.

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The finisher’s’ shirt. It’s a teal dri-fit. I love it! Something different.

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The Tiffany finisher’s necklace. It’s cute this year. I think the biggest one  of all of them.So adorable.

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The back!

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My Tiffany Necklace collection!

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All the goodies I came home with.The Diet of a runner. HAHAHA.

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It was a race that started out good, got kind of bad, and then redeemed itself in the end. I didn’t end up getting my PR, but I came within 2 minutes of it. And considering the circumstances of not having a watch, having shin splints, not doing my normal intervals and letting my emotions get in the way… I think 2 minutes is really not a big deal. It was a fantastic race, and I am so glad I was able to run it this year with so many great friends!

 

Nike Women’s Marathon October 20, 2009

Filed under: Marathons,San Francisco — Kelocity @ 8:57 am

I have a ton of pictures and a race recap for you guys coming soon! Look for it later this week! (I registered under my maiden name. So this will be my last race with that name! Kind of nostalgic!)

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