So did you guys know that I am a pacer for SF Road Runners? That’s right, I am the one that sends out the weekly routes and leads the Saturday long runs through the streets of SF to make sure the group doesn’t get lost (though I always get lost in The Presidio) In addition, I act as a resource for the club. It’s somewhat like an ambassador role. I’ve volunteered after the original person had to resign last year. I think being a pacer allows you to pay it forward. You pass down knowledge and also learn from others too! It also keeps me motivated to stay on top of my mileage every week.
I pace the 11:30 – 12:30 per mile group. On most Saturdays, you can find me holding up the sign and greeting people. are a small but mighty compared to the faster pace groups. During the long runs, I make sure we stay somewhat together and not go crazy on the streets. I also try to look out for the safety of the group. I have one or two regular people that show up that have become my running buddies. We catch up, sometimes vent or complain and have fun over miles. I usually push the group when going up hills and feel proud when someone conquers it. When I am training for a race, sometimes the group will join me but mostly they cap off at six miles which is cool. I’d rather have company at some parts than none at all. It’s always an adventure on Saturday and I totally look forward to it..
Do you run in a group? Have you considered becoming a pacer?
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I signed up for the TinkerBell half marathon last July while nursing an injury. It was a way to keep me motivated while going through ART and PT treatments for four weeks. Also, the finisher medal was so cool ! I wanted to add it to my collection. I have to be honest, I didn’t have the standard sixteen weeks to train.Up until the last week of November, I ran only up to 8 miles on my weekend long runs and 3-4 miles on my weekday runs. I began to have doubts about running, but with a couple of tips from my fellow SF Marathon Ambassadors, I tweaked my weekly mileage and felt confident. My main goal for this race was to treat it as a training and to prove that I still had it in me to run.
Travel Day & Expo
I traveled down to Disneyland on Friday and arrived in the afternoon with enough time to relax and get to the expo. It was unseasonably warm down in Southern California with temps in the 80s in the middle of January. It felt like summer not winter at all. Off I went to the expo on Friday afternoon and took the shuttle from the hotel. I took a stroll through Downtown Disney and made my way to the bib pick up at the Disneyland Hotel. Bib pickup was easy and painless. I went back up the ramp to get my shirt and walk around the expo. Did some damage at the Expo with a few purchases. It was time to go back to the hotel and meet up with family for a pasta dinner. I have to give props to the Disney for being so organized with signage and the amount of staff and volunteers on hand to answer questions or direct participants . Saturday was pretty low key with hanging out by the hotel pool and doing a little walking to keep loose. Before I knew, it was time to rest and sleep..
I woke up at 2:45 am to eat some breakfast, tape my ankle and dress up. I boarded the shuttle at 3;45 am with fellow participants. So many were dressed up in tutus, sparkle skirts and other costumes. I felt somewhat out-of-place because I didn’t have any of the like. Just my plain old running gear. The walk from the shuttle stop to the bag drop was a good warm up. I loved how there were endless amounts of porta potties. Bag drop off was organized by first initial of your last name and bib number. Again, props to Disney for all the volunteers for being helpful. I made my way to my corral.
Running the Race
The race started and it was crowded in my wave but I didn’t mind. The course starts out on the streets before entering California Adventure and Disneyland. There was a lot of grumbling that there was an incline about 10 minutes into the race. It wasn’t a biggie for me. I train on multiple inclines in the Presidio and through SF. Miles 2-5 took me through Cars Land, Paradise Pier, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Small World and Downtown Disney. I wish I took pictures but it was just too crowded. Mile 6-9 I was feeling good but I felt my foot acting up. Still I kept going. We were out of the park and I began to speed up since the crowd was getting thin. When I hit mile 10, I was hurting and could feel my foot throbbing. I started doing my run/walk and just kept telling myself just one foot in front of the other. You can do this. The crowd support and aid stations were amazing.. Seeing the smiling faces and the crowds cheering was just what I needed. I high-fived whoever I could and just kept moving. When I got to mile 11, I knew I was in the home stretch and just went for it. I got a little emotional and teary eyed as I crossed the finished line. I just completed my 2nd half marathon. A big accomplishment for someone like me, who was in a different health situation three years ago. I finally earned my wings and it’s beautiful!
Post Race Thoughts
The race was pure fun and not once was I bored ! I never had to use my iPod even as I was running on the streets of Anaheim. My time may have been a little slow but it was a joy to complete my first destination half marathon. I definitely recommend the TinkerBell Half to anyone! Thank you to everyone for all the support and well wishes! On to the next race.
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Last Saturday was the winter kick off event for San Francisco Road Runners at The Sports Basement Presidio. It is my second year with the club. This is my first full year as a pace leader for the 11:30/mile group. I took over the group over last year . It’s a way for me to give back and for inspiration.There were a handful of new runners in my group and I am excited to have them. I can’t wait to witness their accomplishments. My legs and hips were not feeling to well so I opted for the 3 mile route and got to know a new member of the group. Besides running, the best part of kick off was breakfast after the run. I saw a couple of my running buddies who I have not seen in months and was so happy to catch up with them. Special thanks to Sports Basement for hosting our club and the twenty percent discount on purchases last Saturday!
In the late afternoon, I met up with some of the 2014 SF Marathon Ambassadors at Southern Pacific Brewery. I was finally able to meet some of the people that I follow on Twitter & Instagram. Lots of great conversations and laughs with these people. I can’t wait to see them again. Below is a group picture (photo courtesy of Paulette):
Some wonderful & inspiring runners of the 2014 SF Marathon Ambassador Team
L-R: Andrew, Matt, Becky, Taylor, Meg, me, Paulette, Scott, Erin, Alysin & Chris
Hope all of you are having a wonderful week!
I have finalized my race schedule for the first half the year. I am excited to participate in races outside of the bay area and to experience different types of events.
- January 19, 2014 : Tink Half Marathon, Anaheim, CA
- February 15, 2014: Bay Breeze 10K , San Leandro, CA
- March 23, 2014: Modesto Half Marathon, Modesto, CA
- April 13, 2014: Presidio 10 miler, San Francisco,CA
- July 27, 2014: San Francisco Marathon / 2nd Half , San Francisco, CA
Races that are marked in bold are confirmed and all others are tentative.
My goal race for 2014 is The San Francisco Marathon 2nd half. I am excited to run the course as a local and represent as part of the 2014 Ambassador Team! As part of the team, I get a special $10 discount code for any of the races. Use the code below :
I am finalizing training goals for this year as well. My main goal is to be injury free. Still debating on other training goals but will definetly reveal soon. Enjoy the weekend!