2013 Epic Review

With only six days left in 2013, it is time to reflect. If there is one word to describe my year, it has been epic.  I feel blessed that I am healthy, alive and able to run.  This year I challenged myself physically by training for my first half marathon since 2006 by running the first half of the San Francisco Marathon. I stepped out of my comfort zone and joined a running group. I also experienced my first running injury but didn’t let it keep me down.  I set a PR in the 10K distance in November during the Berkeley Half while raising funds for Typhoon Haiyan.  I was chosen to be part of the 2014 San Francisco Marathon Ambassador Team. So many wonderful things to be thankful for.

I have accomplished a lot this year with lots of support from my trainers, friends and family. I couldn’t have completed my journey without of the amazing support of the running community that I have connected with on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  They have provided me with tons of inspiration and wonderful advice on running and training.

I have many goals for 2014 but will unveil it on the blog in the coming week. 2013 has been so fun and I can’t wait to explore more in the coming year!

May all of you have a Happy & Healthy 2014!

Berkeley 10K Recap and a PR

The Berkeley 10K was part of the inaugural Berkeley Half Marathon on Sunday,November 24, 2013. This race was produced by the same team that organize The San Francisco Marathon.  This was more than just another 10K race for me. It was to run for the victims of Haiyan. I raised money for AmeriCares as part of Team Run4Philippines. I was able to raise $690.00 through the generosity of family, friends and strangers who saw my posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I was touched by everyone who helped spread the word and donated to my cause.

The bib pick up was plain and simple. I made my way to Sports Basement Bryant on Friday afternoon to get my shirt, bib and briefly introduced myself to Lark Ryan at the SF Marathon Table. I also was able to stock up on some Pocket Fuel and Nuun before leaving. Somehow I can never leave Sports Basement without purchasing necessities.

Saturday night I slept terribly. I got at the most three hours of sleep. Maybe it was the nerves or excitement.  I got up at 4:15 am and slowly started to get ready. Shower, pre-race breakfast, coffee and checking my gear to make sure I didn’t forget anything. I left my house at about 6 am. Even though I grew up in the Bay Area, I hardly make my way to Berkeley and was a little concerned about time being the planner that I am. Driving was a breeze and was so glad I reserved parking at a garage. One last check of my gear and my drop-off bag, it was time to make my way to the portta potty and gear drop off. Not too many lines and I was off to the 10K start. Since my race started last, I waited on the side-walk and chatted up with a couple of people. One person I was chatting with was running a race for the first time and was nervous if her treadmill trainings were good enough. The other people and I assured this person that she was more than ready and would rock the race.

It was finally time to start the race.I kept my pace slow the first mile and really didn’t look at my watch. I was still getting warmed up at mile two but somehow logged the fastest mile of the day. Mile three and four I found my groove and was going my pace. I was feeling good. Mile five and six I did a little walking. It was a little crowded. I was scared to trip or fall on the rocks. I didn’t want to injure myself.   Approaching the hill towards the finish, I looked at my watched and saw that I was still on track to set a PR. So I gave the hill my all and ran like my life depended on it. I left it all on the course.  I crossed the finish line in 1:14:27 a PR by over TWO MINUTES! YAHOO!!

The flat and fast course was helpful. I just wanted to enjoy myself.  It was a glorious race day and I was able to help people in need. It was truly a race to put in the books and a great way for me to kick off the holiday season.  I totally would do the race again!