About Kimra McPherson

Kimra became a runner six years ago in San Francisco. Her first-ever run—not counting the mile in gym class and a few failed attempts by a high school friend to get her to join winter track—was down Polk Street to the Bay and then slowly back up the hill to her apartment in the city. Since then, Kimra has finished a handful of 10Ks, eight half-marathons, one marathon, and triathlons ranging from sprint distance to 70.3. When not running, swimming, or riding her bike, she can be found cooking, sampling beer, watching sports, and planning elaborate vacations, some of which she may even take. Kimra works in user experience research, watches too much TV, and has a serious weakness for gummy candy. Kimra can’t wait to spread The San Francisco Marathon running love this year! Check out her blog at

The Soundtrack of a Marathon

Whether or not to listen to music while running can be a hot debate in the running community, but when I started running several years ago, I never even questioned it. It was just a given that I would. Seriously: Music was as integral a part of my early running experiences as shoes were. About 90% of the reason I started running in the first place was to have an excuse to buy a new iPod Nano, complete with Nike+ iPod kit. My husband’s first running-related gift to me was a mix of running songs from the iTunes store. I loved picking out new tunes and podcasts, making playlists, and developing deeply held opinions on the best headphones.

By |April 14th, 2014|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off on The Soundtrack of a Marathon

The Second Time Around

When I decided to train for my first marathon back in late 2011, I wasn’t at all sure there would ever be a second one. I loved running; I’d run several half-marathons, and I’d been kicking around the idea of training for a full for a while. But running 26.2 miles seemed a little nuts — I’ll be honest: it still does! — and I wasn’t sure I’d like it enough to want to do it again.

By |February 17th, 2014|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off on The Second Time Around