I trained very little for this race and actually haven’t even laced up in over a week. I knew this race wasn’t going to be my best, but going into it with only the goal of finishing actually helped me enjoy it so much more.
I’ll start training for the Berkeley Half in a few weeks, and this run definitely pumped me up. It’s crazy how much adrenaline, muscle memory and will power can make up for poor training. Though I wouldn’t recommend it.
I ran the second half of the marathon last year, the first half this year and completed the Half It All Challenge. Hope to do the full marathon next year!
And like every other race I’ve done in San Francisco, I’ll be running with flowers in my hair.
Mattie and I were sitting in a little park in Hayes Valley, eating frozen yogurt, listening to a guy in a tree scream at a guy across the street. I noticed this man walking toward our bench, then he immediately started singing to me. Mattie says, “is this real life? What is going on?!” And then caught the rest on video.
And those awkward faces I was making are 100% NOT exaggerated. He asked if I had a boyfriend, I said yes and he hung his head and walked away. Dude had guts, though.
(Also, please note his selected reading.)
I spent the summer solstice in nature, camping with good friends at Hawk Camp in Gerbode Valley, the most remote camp in the Marin Headlands. The fog started moving in after the sun went down, the coyotes were loud and in the morning everything was still and covered in mist. The fog outside our tent (second to last photo) hid the ocean and the city from view.