I have completed The San Francisco Marathon for the past 5 consecutive years. Most people assume it is an extremely tough course with lots of hills, but that is just not the case! The full marathon course is ½ flat, ¼ uphill and ¼ downhill. Personally, I love the changes in elevation and scenery, which are just a few of the reasons it keeps calling me back year after year. Each year holds special memories and I would like to share them with you.
My first year running The San Francisco Marathon was 2009, just a few weeks after my very first marathon and I was hooked. My family joined me for this marathon and cheered me on. This was the ONLY time my entire family had attended one of my marathons. My mom, dad, husband, 2 sons, daughter, and aunt and uncle all were there cheering me on along the course, and at the finish line. It means so much to see your family there for you! My dad still recalls how much fun it was cheering on the runners, coming up with cleaver ways to encourage perfect strangers to keep running. My elderly aunt and uncle sat at a near by bus stop, the only area where there was seating, waiting for me to run by and catch a glimpse of me! Since then, it is usually just my husband out there, meeting me every 7 miles to hand off a water bottle, take a photo and give words of encouragement. The kids have decided they would rather sleep in!
In 2010 I ran my personal best at The San Francisco Marathon. It was a perfect day, the weather was cool and overcast […]