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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.

 

She Runs LA: A Blogger’s Night Out April 29, 2011

Last night, hoards of girls headed down to the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles to for a Girl’s Night Out hosted by Nike+! Everyone had to run a 10k race on their own, and then join Nike for the post-race celebration.

My friend, Tessa, and I took the metro downtown (Hooray for being Green! — and too cheap to pay for parking down there!) I love the whole LA Live center downtown. They did an amazing job with it. It’s so pretty and fun.
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My tank got mailed to me, but we waited for Tessa to grab hers. They are adorable. One of the best race shirts I’ve ever got.
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This event was exciting for me, because I attended as ‘Press’! We even got credentials! This is very exciting in the blogging world (at least for a newbie like me!)

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VIPs right here!

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We rocked the pink carpet!
Tessa, me, Sarah (Two Boo‘s sister!), Katherine, Amanda and Kaitlin!
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Inside was all lit up pink too! It screamed ‘Girl Power’!
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The pre-concert party was three floors of massages, hair styling, dance music and Nike Demos. The lines for the massages were way too long and crowded, but I did score some Body Butter from Bliss Spa. I ❤ Bliss!

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I had full intentions to change into my black heels for the event…. but my sketchers were just so comfy, I kept them on all night. No Regrets.
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Nike had some of their new products out to see.
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The highlight for me was seeing their new GPS watch for runners. I bought a garmin GPS watch back in 2005 and I love it. It tells me the exact route I ran, the elevation and a bunch of other great stats that the Nike+ couldn’t provide. But now they have this GPS one and it looks pretty awesome. I haven’t looked into all the features it has, but I’d definitely be interested in trying it out.
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It was pretty crowded inside, I really wish they had some snacks to munch on since everyone came straight from work. They did have some drinks, but ran out before I got the chance to snag one.

We had fun chatting, people watching and showing off our media badges.
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The lovely Kaitlin and Katherine!
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Look who else we ran into! Healthy Coconut!  || And Tessa took advantage of the Paul Mitchell hair styling. Pretty curls!
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It’s always a fun time with these ladies. Such a great group!

Then we headed into the Nokia Theater for the main event. It was supposed to be the Winner’s of America’s Best Dance Crew and then a concert by Mike Posner. The stage did look really great.
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But we didn’t stay for the show. We were starving!!
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And the yard house is known for BEER! Check out all the kegs!
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I asked for the lightest thing they had on tap…. which was the Wyder’s Pear Cider. It was so clear it almost looked like water. It was sweet, crisp and delicious! It actually tasted like a Chardonnay.
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I ordered the Grilled Cheese with Tomato Bisque. Oh. My. Gosh. I have to say this was probably the best grilled cheese I’ve EVER had. And I eat a lot of grilled cheese. Ohhh, the tomatoes! The cheese oozing out… I’m already craving another one! ((I will post the picture when I get home, promise!))

Such a fun night out with a great group of girls (And some other bloggers too, not pictured!)
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When we left the event, we all got goodie bags too! It came in an awesome reusable tote and included lip balm, a Luna bar, Pop Chips and some Paul Mitchell samples.

Thanks Nike, for inviting me (and my readers). I hope in future years they can better manage the crowds and provide some snacks. Although I didn’t pay to enter the virtual race or attend the party, most people paid $40 to get in. I’d probably attend again though, just plan my night a little better. I love that they are celebrating women runners. It was a great evening downtown with some awesome girls.

 

T-Minus 2 Days til Ragnar! April 13, 2011

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So Cal Ragnar starts early Friday morning (but our team is meeting tomorrow night, so really, it starts in 24 hours!) I am so excited. I’m not really sure what to expect, but I think it’s better that way. My husband is a little nervous for me because I’m the type of person who REALLY needs 9 hours of sleep per night. Don’t worry, team, I won’t be cranky!

I am packing everything up tonight and saying goodbye to my husband (and my bed) til late Saturday!

Man, I hope I have everything! Everything I bring has to fit inside one little gym bag. Each van has six runners, a driver, a navigator and a camera crew! It’ll be close quarters!
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My team sounds pretty awesome. I wish I could tell you more about what our theme is! Here’s a hint….
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Oh, that doesn’t really help… here’s another hint… I printed something up at Kinkos…
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Ok, that doesn’t help either… do you really want a hint? Here it is (since I hate secrets!)
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Heck yes. Chuck Norris will be on our van. Ragnar, here we come!

Follow me live during the whole two day event as we run 200 miles from LA to San Diego. I’ll be tweeting the whole time here: @Kelocity !

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Remember I told you a while back that I’ll be participating in the Nike+ Event, She Runs LA ? Well, boy do I have good news for you!
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50 lucky readers will get the chance to join me for FREE!

The first 50 people to comment on this post will have their registration fee waived and will get to be a part of Nike’s first ever digital race, She Runs LA, and see Mike Posner in concert!

Running a 10k and then celebrating Nike Style (complete with a red carpet) sounds pretty awesome. If you want to join in on the action (for free!) head over to that post and let me know!

 

Nike 2010!! April 5, 2010

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The 2010 Nike Women’s Marathon registration is now open! It’s a lottery, but I’m crossing my fingers I get in! It will be my 6th consecutive time running this race if I get selected to run!!!

Almost all the hits on my blog today were from people looking for pictures of the coveted “Tiffany’s Necklace!”

So if you’re new here! Here they are!

2005 – 2009:

And if you want to see my race recaps, here they are!

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

I’ll be back soon with a whole bunch of new posts!!!

 

Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2008 October 18, 2008

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I was really lucky to have gotten into the Nike Marathon in the lottery this year. I was super excited, and it really was everything I thought it would be. It was one of my best races yet, and I got to run it with one of my best friends, Alex. The weather was perfect, the course was beautiful, and we finished fast and strong…. oh, and the Tiffany Necklace this year was simply stunning. Enjoy the pictures!



What a Team!

Seriously, how cute are we!

Practicing my running technique…

Look at her go!

They had Nike Photobooths this year!!!! So fun!!!!
    

Niketown…the start line for the race.

Nike has a wall of all the runner’s names… can you find me?

There I am!!!!!

Alex cooked an AMAZING pasta dinner! What a great cook!

Look how yummy! Athletes need their fuel!

We’ve done it before, we’ll do it again! We’re old pros!

Trying on our bibs for tomorrow…

And our fuel belts too!

I think we’re ready!

Checking over the course map!

 Race Morning….Me, Jen and Alex! It was so cold!!!
I wore my Mylar marathon blanket from last year’s race! It did the trick!

Trying to keep warm before we started!

And they’re off! This was around mile 6. Look at the sea of purple!

Run girls, Run!
Beautiful views of the Golden Gate bridge at 8am! Not a trace of fog!
I kinda feel bad for the people who try to actually win marathons.
They probably miss out on these awesome photo opportunities!

My attempt at taking a picture…while running! I’m pretty sure that’s not safe.

 

I Loooooove Running! hahaha Wierdo!

 

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Running like a girl…with my skirt!

Gotta love our coordinating outfits!
It really is no wonder I never win any races. hahaha
We just have too much fun!

The reason I started running…

….And why I continue running.

SOOOO YUMMYYY!!!!!! Best race course snack!

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Running so fast, it’s blurry! haha

The last .25 mile!!! WE DID IT!

Alex’s awesome friends took some of our finish line pictures!!! We’re so close!

YAY! We have fans!!!!

Hottie Firemen in tuxes with Tiffany boxes on silver platters….
As if you need another reason to run a marathon!

 

Crossing the finish line! We’re the only two in blue shirts!

Alex’s fan club!! They were such great cheerleaders!!!!

Thanks guys!!!!!

 We did it!

The Swag! What a great shirt this year!!!

We ran like girls!!! Go us!!!!

 

You said it right, Alex… “We Rule!”

 Our time:

After a huge post-race cheeseburger, we celebrated our 13.1 mile run with CUPCAKES!!!!

With my finisher’s t-shirt and Tiffany’s necklace!

The Coveted Necklace
   

 

 

Nike Women’s Half Marathon – 2007 October 21, 2007

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Nike Women’s Half Marathon
October 21, 2007


I ran my 4th Half-Marathon yesterday! It was the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. I had been training and looking forward to this race since last year! I was lucky to have gotten an entry through the lottery because it sold out in just four hours! I usually get really nervous for races, but I wasn’t at all for this one. I knew I was trained and ready, and that was a new and welcomed feeling for me.

This was going to be the first race that I would run without any friends, without my camera and without a team. I knew it would be a mental challenge, rather than a physical one, but I was really excited.

On Friday night, Irving and I left Los Angeles at 11:30pm to drive up to San Francisco. We got into the city at 4:30am. We took a nap till about 9:30am and then  I took the subway into the city to visit the Race Expo. Those of you who run know that this is the best part of marathon weekend! I got my goody bag, chip and bib, and then I set out to get all the fun freebies (luna bars, ghiaradelli chocolate, postcards, chapsticks…). I also had my nails painted at the “Jet Blue Manicure Station”. And after that, they gave us cute little beauty kits with an eye mask and stuff! I love being a girl.

They had really pretty race colors this year!


I’m so glad I didn’t have to run around Lake Merced this year. haha


YAYYY… T minus 15 hours til race time!


How funny is this? It must rain a lot in San Francisco. lol


It took me forever, but I finally found my name on the runner’s wall. I love the feeling of being one of “the runners”. I’m in the cool club now!

On the big screen at the expo, they had a power point presentation about “reasons why we run”. I wrote about all my fellow cancer survivors at the Little Star Foundation and how they inspire me!

I also watched some of the panel speakers there. Joan Benoit Samuelson was there, and it was really amazing to see her run. She’s a legend. She’s the only American woman to have ever one an Olympic gold medal in the marathon. It was really great to hear her enthusiasm for the sport. I also saw Lauren Fleshman, who is an Olympic Marathon runner. And guess who else was there? Picabo Street, the Olympic Downhill Skier! That was neat to hear her too.


The Panel Discussion

Joan Benoit Samuelson
The Running Legend
Lindsay Fleshman
US Olympic Team
Picabo Street
US Olympic Skier

After the expo, I met up with some friends in and around the city, and had a nice carbo-loaded pasta dinner! I attempted to get to bed early, but didn’t end up sleeping til about 11:30p.


My friend Scott! He works for Team in Training!


Doesn’t she look like an athlete? Athletes wear wool sweaters, right?!?!


My running buddy, Alex.

On Sunday, I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 4:30am! I was ready to ATTACK this race. haha. I got to the city around 6am, bag-checked my coat and found my place at the starting line. It was freezing! I think in the 40s, but the energy was buzzing all around me.  23,000 of my closest friends were all lined up and ready to run.  The hardest part is standing around waiting to go. It took me 27 minutes just to get to the startline. But once I started going, I felt great. This is my 3rd year running this race, so I really had my heart set on breaking my time.  That’s what kept me going throughout the race.

MILE 1:
The first mile always starts off walking because there’s so many people you don’t get very far. It takes a few miles to thin  out. There were a few brave souls cheering us on in the dark. I ran for the first mile and half straight and I felt great, but I knew I had to slow down if I wanted to make it the whole way.

MILE 2-4:
My GPS finally kicked in around mile 2 or so. So now I can officially keep track of my pace. We were running along the piers, the sun was coming up, the water was beautiful. More people started coming out to cheer. A lot of Team in Training people were getting the runners excited.

MILE 5-7:
My knees started hurting me a bit, I think it’s my shoes… but I tried to ignore it and distract myself.  I knew the big hill was coming up, so I just wanted to get through the half way point.

MILE 7:
The big hill! I walked most of the hill, as fast as I could. I didn’t want to use my energy by running it. It wasn’t that bad, although I always forget how long the hill really is.

MILE 8:
I saw my friend, Scott, on the sidelines cheering us on! The Team in Training staff was all dressed up in Halloween costumes, so I knew I was on the lookout for “Colonel Sanders”. And there he was up on the hill, holding is KFC bucket. haha It was great seeing him, and it gave me some more energy to keep going. I’m more than half way there!!!!

MILE 9:
Somewhere over there, in the residential area, they had orange slices for the runners. IT’S LIKE CANDY!! I love oranges when I run. MMMmmmm… OMG it was so good. hahaha. Then it was all downhill for a mile or so, and I ran the whole way without stopping. My knees were screaming at me, but I told them to shut-up.

MILE 10:
I called Irving as I approached Mile 10. I knew he was waiting at mile 11 so I wanted to give him a heads up. Now, we were running along the ocean cliffs. It was gorgeous. I could see the finish line straight head, but I still have 3 miles left to go and I have to go ALL THE WAY AROUND… awe.

MILE 11:
At this point, I realized that if I kept going strong, I would definitely beat my time, so I forged through. I saw Irving at the mile marker, but I didn’t even stop to say hi. I hope he got a good picture as I buzzed by. lol. He gave me a high five. but I Must.Keep.Running.  Now, we were in Golden Gate Park, which is where the full and half marathon splits off from each other. Up until this point, we were all running together.  I wanted to walk sooo bad… but I knew if I took a walk break, I’d never be able to start up again. So I switched to 2/1 intervals. Running two minutes, walking one minute.  Actually, doing this made me run faster than if I was doing 3/1 intervals. I kept up this pace until mile 12, and then I knew it was the final stretch.


Can’t miss my orange skirt!

MILE 12:
I ran for about a half mile straight and blew past the Ghiradelli station (yes, I turned down free chocolate!)  My legs were burning, so I walked for a minute or two, and started up again. In order to beat my time now, I knew I had to finish the last ½ mile in under 16 minutes…. I was TOTALLY going to beat my time. As I rounded the bend, only .2 miles left to go, I could see the finish line.


MILE 13: I charged forward, tears welling up in my eyes. Oh.MY.GOSH! I really did it! I beat my time. YAYYY!!!!!! I’m such a rockstar. I picked up my Tiffany’s necklace and  my finisher’s t-shirt and a few snacks and met up with Irving and his mom. They got some cool pics of me crossing the finish line, so that was exciting. I’m glad they were there to witness my personal victory. I was pretty psyched.


Hahaha.. Me, double checking my time as I cross the finish line!


This is why I run. The hot guys in tuxes with blue Tiffany’s boxes on silver platters!


Me in the purple, after getting my necklace. haha

The Record- Breaking Stats:

Overall Bib Final Time Class Age Gender
6173 16501 2:47:00 F20-24 24 F
classrank sexrank pace guntime 5k 10k 15k ag_pct ag_place
315 5866 0:12:44 3:08:10 0:37:42 1:17:06 2:01:37 39.4% 6729


I did it!!


I love that skirt.


I love this picture. Tiffany’s bling… the man I love… and a new 1/2 marathon record.
Life is good.


Picking up my bag from the bag check area.

THE BLING


The Front


The Back


The necklaces from 2005, 2006 and 2007

After walking… I mean shuffling back to the car, we headed over to get burgers for lunch… Mmmm Burgers…(I burned over 2,600 calories in the race, so I didn’t feel bad lol!) So good! We all took a 2 hour nap in the afternoon, and other than a few stiff joints, I was feeling great.

It was a really fun race, I cant believe how fast it came and went. I’m already looking forward to next year!

 

 
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