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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.


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!


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!


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!


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!”


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.



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).

Whoo Hoo!!!!
PS, I carried that backpack around with me ALL DAY!!!



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


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


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


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


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




Noah and Janet!


We have arrived!


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.


EJ and Sarah outside the Race Expo!


Me, EJ and Sarah!


Noah and Janet outside the Race Expo.


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!


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


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?


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.


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!


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


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!


Janet and I surged up the hill at mile 6!


What a beautiful day for a run!



Motivational Signs along the route!!


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




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


The course split around mile 12. YAYY SO CLOSE!


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)


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!


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


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


With Chely!!


Here comes Sarah! She ran the full marathon!


Go Sarah, Go!


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



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!


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.


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


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


The back!


My Tiffany Necklace collection!


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


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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A Weekend in the Bay Area January 17, 2009

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Check out our matching sweaters!

This is where we bought our wedding rings!

A beautiful morning in the Bay Area!

Brunch with (almost) the whole family! (We missed you EJ!)



Nike Half Marathon – 2006 October 22, 2006

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Nike Half Marathon
San Francisco, CA
October 22, 2006


The Day Before

Look, You can see my name on the wall! All 15,000 runners had their names displayed!

Chely, Amy and Ashleigh in their hotel room before the race!

Kelley and Chely!

Kelley and Chely (Sporting our Nike Gear!)



6am, Before the Race!

Part of the team before the race!

Me with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background! So Beautiful. This is at Mile 7ish!

Chely and the Bridge!

What a beautiful day for a marathon!


Look at the Fog!

As if we’d need another reason!

Alcatrez at 8am!


Aren’t they hilarious? They were standing around mile 9! HAHAHA they made us laugh so hard! They were there last year too. We just had to take a picture!




Final Time


























The Course

My Pace

I have a GPS watch that tracks my pace, distance, calories, elevation, etc. The Green represents the elevation. See where the two big hills were? And the blue represents how fast I ran. See my sprint to the finish at the end?

My GPS didn’t pick up a signal until mile 1, which is why it looks like I only ran 12 miles. 🙂


Nike Full Marathon – 2005 October 18, 2005

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My First Marathon!

The Starting Line in Union Square!

Yep. I’m officially a marathoner! I completed my first marathon on Sunday in 6 hours and 27 minutes. (with just 3 minutes to beat the cut off! sweet!) Aside from being a little sore, it went really really well. I was impressed by how well I did, all things considering. If you want the whole story, i’m gonna write down all of it!

My team left for San Francisco on Friday morning. We all met up at the airport at the crack of dawn. It was so exciting, because it was all so real. We were really going to do this marathon! It was fun seeing everyone and getting all excited about it. When we got on the plane, the stewadess announced that “We have Marathoners on board this morning. They have raised thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society”. And everyone clapped. YAY, GO us!!

When we got San Fran, we had a shuttle take us to our hotel. Our team got so lucky because of the 5 Team in Training hotels, ours was defintely the closest to everything. It was right in Union Square, which is where the expo and the Start Line was. Amazing. Our coaches kept telling us that if we ever do a marathon again, we’ll never have it this good! Cool!

We checked into the hotel, and we were only in there for a bout five minutes when we had a knock on our door. It was a hotel guy holding a silver tray with cookies and bottles of water! We were thinking: “wow, team in training rocks!” but then i read the card and realized they were sent by Irving and his family. aweeee…

Right away, we headed to Niketown to pick up our race packets. My number was 4204! We got our shoe chips for timing during the race. We also got our pace bracelets and course maps. Then… we headed to the EXPO!! it wasnt a very big expo, but it was still pretty awesome. I got a foot massage. It was heaven. I also got tons and tons of Ghiradelli Chocolate! mmm… They also had a station where you could make your own posters so people could hold them up and cheer for you. HAHA. so i made one that said: “GO KELLEY!”

Here are some of my running buddies!

Then, we walked around for a little bit, and rested for the afternoon. For dinner, my Los Angeles team took the New Orleans Team out for dinner. They lost everything, and still came to finish the marathon. So we wanted to honor them. We went to this Chinese restaurant in Chinatown and it was just bad. We each had to pay $31.00 to eat, and it was a 7 course meal and… out of everything, I had some white rice and steamed green beans. Hmm… They had lots of shrimp and fish and stuff, but I dont eat that stuff. Actually, not a lot of people did. We were told not to eat anything you havent tried before, prior to race day. At one point, they brought out fish that still had the heads and tails attached, and then the waiter reached inside and ripped out the bones, right in front of me. EW GROSS! That was just not fun.

Kelley and Alex… Getting psyched up to run!

On Saturday, we explored the city a little more. I went out for lunch with Irvings Aunt and Uncle (mmm!!) And then we came back and went to our Team in Training Pasta Party. It was pretty good. The pasta was kind of bland, but that’s good because you dont want to eat lots of saucy things before race day either. We listened to some guest speakers, took a team photo, and got excited about the race.

Then we headed to our hotel rooms to prepare for the big event! EJ, Alex and I laid out our clothes for the morning. Tried everything on, and made sure we had everything we could need. Its amazing how much stuff you can fit into a tiny fuel belt. 2 bottles of Gatorade, 2 powerbars, Nutter Butter Cookies, Gummy Bears, Salt packets, body glide, chapstick, sunscreen, camera, cell phone, hat, sunglasses. Yea, I think we had everything we needed. Then we went to bed, but we didnt really sleep well. Here are some tools of the trade:

  We had to wake up at 4am to eat because you are supposed to eat 2 hours before the race. So we had bagels and powerbars and a bottle of water for breakfast. Then we got dressed and went downstairs to meet our team. We put Team in Training tattoos on our arms. I took a black sharpie and wrote my name on my arm so when I was running people would see it and yell “GOOO KELLEY!!!” (And, yes, people actually did cheer me on, yay!).

At 6am, my team put trash bags on over our clothes to keep our bodies warm, and we went to wait outside for the start.

We lined up according to our pace group. I started with the 12:00 – 15:00 pace group. After the gun went off, it took me about 15 minutes to actually cross the start line. My mentor, Deborah, told us to walk the first mile or so, to let the crowd pass.

There are people who just get excited and start running right away, and first of all, you have to warm up, and secondly, you waste a lot of energy dodging people. Youre just better off waiting till the crowd disperses. Mile 2 came very quick… and so did mile 3 and 4. Alex and I were having a ball just laughing and looking at the bay. So far so good. Mile 5 seemed a little far away, but mile 6 came quick. I found out after that the sign wasnt in the right place! Hee Hee. Mile 7 was the toughest mile on the course. It was the highest elevation. So we knew we were going to walk that whole mile. My coach was hilarious. He was explaining the hill to us before the race, saying, “As you come around the bay, you’ll see the Golden Gate Bridge on your right. And the big hill will be on the left. And youll be like ‘Cool bridge, big hill, cool bridge, big hill!'” He was right, only it was only 7am, so the bridge was completely covered in Fog, and I never did see the bridge!

The Big hill wasnt that bad, actually, it was really fun, because after the big hill, it was all down hill from there.

From that point on, everything went smoothly. Alex peed behind a tree, I ate lots of food, and we laughed until mile 11. Irving was waiting at Mile 11 and he took lots of cool pictures for us. What a guy!

From there, we ran about five miles in Golden Gate Park. I was still feeling awesome, lots of energy! The park was really nice and shady and fun. Around mile 14 or so, we got free socks, so I took them and shoved them into my Fuel Belt. (Dont ask me how I had room!) But they were nice Dri-Fit Nike Sock–FREE!! Sweet! We went through a couple of water stops, and kept running till around mile 16 or so. That was a very sad mile because there, you actually pass the finish line. It was a loop, so we still had about 10 miles left to go, but you could hear the crowds. How sad to know that I had 10 miles left, and some people were already finishing! Awe man!!
But I was still feeling good until Mile 18. Thats when I completely lost it. At that point, you had to run around Lake Merced… and you can actually look across the Lake and see where you have to run to, and its so overwhelming. I started to have a panic attack and I was like “OH MY GOSH” I still have 8 miles left!! it just felt so far away, like I was never gonna finish! I called my dad, and I was getting all worked up. I think I was so proud, and so emotional, that I felt like I was gonna cry, and that made it even worse! So I walked about a half a mile, and thanks to alex, I kept running. I got around half way around the lake to mile 20, and I had to walk. My legs just hurt so bad, and I was so tired and sick of running. So I stopped. That was probably the worst thing I could have done because once you stop, its nearly impossible to start up again. So alex went up ahead, and I ate some candy, and walked fast. I met some fun people along the way. But from mile 22- 25, its so lonely, there is no one on the course cheering you on, it just stinks. But finally, I made it to mile 25, and I knew it was so close. A Team in Training coach walked a little with me and he said “See that white tent? Thats the finish line!” I almost died. I could see the end!!! I was so excited and so proud!! But mostly glad it was almost over!!

Here I am crying after I finished because I wanted to sit down. HAHAHA What a little brat!

The Day after the marathon, we could barely walk, but we did a little sight seeing and had a nice lunch (full of protein and carbs of course!) Here we are!! We survived!

I am now officially a marathoner!!


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