Race Recap: Nike Women’s Half Marathon, San Francisco

It has been a while since I have posted, but I figured what better way to come back then a race recap. As many of my friends and family know, I ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon on October 17th 2015 in San Francisco, and IT WAS AWESOME. Here is a quick overview of the weekend and why I thought it was so great!

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Nike put on such a fantastic spread over the weekend. They had so many activities for visitors throughout the city. I met lots of women who came solo, so it was great to have many opportunities to meet the women you were racing with. One of the activities, was a scavenger hunt for earrings.

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They had yoga at Pier 39, morning shake out runs, and many other Nike Training workouts that runners could enjoy. My mother booked a trip to Sonoma to visit a few vineyards, so we only participated in a small part of the scavenger hunt.

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The Nike Store in Union Square had every runners name on the window. So cool!

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We stayed right in Union Square, which is where the start of the race was. It was nice to not have to worry about transportation to the starting point. It was a three block walk. My mom walked with me as far as she could, and then took a $20 shuttle to the end point of the race. I also bought a shuttle ticket for post race. San Francisco is not exactly the easiest place to walk around, especially after running 13.2 miles. I thought this was such a great feature.

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The race was absolutely gorgeous. I really do wish I brought my phone with me to snap pictures. Luckily, there were tons of photographers along the race. I honestly did not feel like I was even running from miles 0 to 10. The weather was perfect and the course was hilly but no steep hills showed up till mile 10. Oh Mile 10, straight uphill, right next to the bay. It was a beautiful struggle.

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But I made it. 13.2. It was wonderful. Especially when I got this.

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The medal for the race was a super cute Tiffany & Co. necklace. It was beautiful.

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My time was 2:09, which wasn’t was I was aiming for but I knew the hills of San Francisco would play a factor into my normal running here in Chicago. After the race, my mom and I snacked on some awesome post race food sponsored by Whole Foods.

I am so happy that I went through with this race. I pretty much stopped CrossFitting while training. I chose to start running when I was getting very overwhelmed and unmotivated while working night shift. I really wanted to enjoy the beautiful Chicago weather and workout at my own time.

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I would 100% recommend running a Nike Women’s Race. Everything about it was organized and enjoyable. I am very excited to see where next years race will be. Last year it was in Washington D.C. It gives me a great excuse to travel and get some fitness in at the same time. Click this link to keep an eye out on upcoming Nike Women’s Half Marathons.