Nike Womens Race Day!

I know this post is LONG overdue. My days seem to be flying by and I don’t seem to have enough time to sit down and just type.

Race day! (Pure Craziness)

We arrived downtown San Fran early early. On the way to find our corrals we stopped at the Walgreens on the corner to use the rest room. I am sure the manager was sick of seeing all these women racers coming in. Hopefully they did get some sales out of the deal.

We then headed to find our corrals. This adventure was new for me. I would  guess since this is a HUGE event and over 40,000 people participating this was the best way to line up. Once you find your bubble with your time you enter they have volunteers there checking your wrist band to make sure you are where you are supposed to be. Porta potties lined up along the hill not to many people waiting as I passed by. I then walked to the starting area for my coral. BURRRR! One big lesson I learned is that San Fran is COLD! When leaving the hotel we saw a few girls with the paper hospital gowns on to keep them warm. I was wishing I had one at this point and time while waiting for the race to start. We arrived around 5:30 race start was 6:30 and my corral started about 7:30.

Lining up!

Lining up!

For this race I would recommend running with a friend and for fun. It’s very crowded the entire race. I enjoyed watching all the girls stop and take photos. The course was a blast! We started at union station and ran along the pier towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Yes we had A LOT of hills!

Start photo provided by Nike!

Start photo provided by Nike!

Nike Photo of the hills of San Fran!

Nike Photo of the hills of San Fran!

 

They had donation boxes around mile #5 but I had already dropped my sweat shirt before I saw the boxes. One thing I love about a race like this is all the supporters along the route cheering you on and the great signs they make. “You just missed Channing Tatum, run faster and you might catch him.”

Running in San Fran was very wet. The trees were dripping down on you during parts of the course. I guess coming from the desert this was something new for me. Dressing in layers is a very good idea for this race and I highly recommend not dropping that sweat shirt.

Between miles #9 & #10 Verizon had a contest. You were to guess what your mile time would be. This is a huge downhill run. The winner would win $4,000 and you had to be within a minute on either side to qualify.

This race was a blast! Not my personal best run but that happens. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the people and the sights.  When I crossed the finish line it was very crowed. You get your “Finisher” T-shirt and “Tiffany Necklace” and picture opportunity with the Firemen. 

Finish Line!

Finish Line!

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Then it was time to try and find my friends….We were to meet at the boutique…Haha there is 40,000 people trying to buy Nike garb. I never did find them. My cell phone didn’t work so I couldn’t text or call. I was asking people around me if they had service and non of them did. My suggestion is if you are going to meet up after the race meet at the medical tent. I was freezing cold and just ready to get into a hot shower. So I headed for the shuttle line. This took over an hour and a half just in line. One bad thing about this race is having to wait in line FOREVER. When I finally got cell service I had 50 million calls texts and messages. Luckily my friends were on a shuttle too. We met up at the hotel and did a group picture there since I was lost in the crowd at the finish line. 

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WE DID IT! What a fun time with new friends, great city and great race! 

Nike Photo

Nike Photo

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I’ve been working on something new. Stay tuned! I promised I will post about it before 2014!

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The city by the bay ~ San Francisco!

Girls trip to have fun in the city and run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon perfect fit for my blog. Food, Drink and Fitness!

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Here we are boarding a jet plane to the West coast!

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We were luck to have our own personal travel agent with us. Tina she had us make a reservation on the Super Shuttle when we arrived in SFO to save time and money. I highly recommend this for traveling when arriving to a large city that you have never been to before. When we arrived at our hotel we were all tired and ready for sleep.

Good Friday Morning San Fran! This is the view from our hotel. Beautiful!

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The concierge helped our personal travel director giving her directions to the Nike Expo and a popular breakfast restaurant.  We walked to Lefty O’Doul’s and Irish pub. It offered a variety of things. I would say it’s an average place to eat breakfast. Very convenient  for us because it was right across the street from packet pick up.

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Packet pick up was very well-organized you checked in via computer and verified all your information. The person at the registration gave you your bib and a wrist band with your corral number. Then you move to the next line where you pick up your swag bag. Now on to the expo. Once inside the tent there is a huge marquis with names of girls checking in giving some motivation. We venture around the corner and it’s picture time!

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

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Other things offered at the expo were Nike shoe strings, Verizon had a sign up for guessing your mile time from mile 9-10. Whole foods gave away a protein taster and chocolate macaroons. The NUN booth had tasters of their different drinks that were going to be offered on the race course. There were other booths but we didn’t’ feel the need to wait in the huge line.

Off to the Nike store we go. On the windows of the store all of the participates names are listed.  Now it’s time to decide what to purchase for souvenirs.  Many many items to choose from. Lucky we arrived on Friday because there were still smaller sizes available. I was going to buy a pair of the Nike socks made just for this race but when I tried them on they were HUGE on my small feet. So I decided on buying a nice warm up pull over.

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Whole foods offered a free shuttle to the store for a swag bag. So we hopped the shuttle and made a few food and drink purchases. Then it was time to find Nordstrom’s. The girls wanted to do some shoe shopping. This is the place to find shoes for sure.

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Yep these boots are calling my name. I just might have to order them!

Yep these boots are calling my name. I just might have to order them!

After shopping it was time for showers and get dolled up for the theater. Unfortunately in San Fran it’s almost impossible to find a taxi especially for a party of 5.  Lucky for us Roger a limo driver was on break and took us to the sushi restaurant for a donation.

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Our walk to the Orpheum Theater from the restaurant was cold and much father then the 5 blocks that we were told. Pretty scary too! We saw the Wizard of Oz a very good production. The theater was beautiful. It was freezing cold when we left the theater and once again we were challenged to find a cab. We split up in 2 different cabs for the ride home.

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We are all early birds thank goodness because a night owl would not have liked sharing a room with us. Up early and out the door down to the Pier. The farmers market was amazing. Tons and tons of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meats a chef’s dream come true.

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We found a cute little place to have breakfast. The porridge made out of Farro was delicious and a must have. I need to learn how to make this. AMAZING! I also found the best donut EVER a sweet bread filled with Nutella YUMMO!

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Now it was time to work off some of the food we have been eating. We rented bikes for the day and headed from Pier 1 to Sausalito  over the Golden Gate bridge approximately 10 miles.  Not including the detour we took to visit Lombard street.

Walking up Hyde street to see the famous Lombard street.

Walking up Hyde street to see the famous Lombard street.

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Lombard

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We made it!

We made it!

Time for lunch!

Time for lunch!

What a fantastic day! Stopping in Sausalito for lunch and a bit of shopping then found the ferry for a ride back Pier 1.

Stay tuned for part 2!

San Fran Training Week 1!

I decided to blog my training for the San Fran Half so I can remember what I did! So for those of you who want to train with me let’s go!

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First day of half training! 10 Weeks until San Fran!

Day 1
10 Min Warm-up

1 Mile

400 Rest Interval

2 Miles

800 Rest Interval

.65 mile

Total = 4.90 Miles

1:02:36

Day 2
Oh my hammies are screaming today! Amazing how your body feels after one run. I did get my kickboxing in today !

Day 3
I got up extra early hoping to get my run in before body flow and when I got to the gym it wasn’t open yet. So I managed to split my run in half.

1.50 Miles 18:29

1.61 Miles 20:00

Total 3.11 Miles 38:29 for a 12:22 pace this includes my warm ups and cool downs.

Day 4
Body Pump done and Hip Hop in the evening!

Day 5
4 mile walk/ run hilly Redlands Mesa loop

Tiffany