Saturday, October 29, 2011

13.1

As I write this blog post a year later, I can't help but wish I had done it again this year! 
Last October, I hopped on a plane from Huntsville to San Francisco for a fabulous trip, with a big goal in mind...run 13.1 miles and have fun!
Well, I did that and more!  I had two of my very best friends along and they made the journey so memorable for me!
This is a long post with lots of pics so enjoy!
 Our Trolley ride...My First!
 After a fun ride and some lunch, we headed to check in for the race and get our official race numbers and swag bags!
 With the official Nike Women's Marathon photo board!

 Finding our name on the wall outside Niketown in SanFrancisco.  It is amazing that they put all of the runners names on the wall and poster.
The following day we headed to the coastline and the Piers for lunch and shopping.

 Photo op with what is left of the stinky seals!


 Golden Gate Bridge

 Alcatraz 
 Wine Tasting


 Ghirardelli Chocolate Factoryl
 Then Jamie wanted to walk up this REALLY REALLY REALLY big hill (the day before we ran 13.1 miles)

 Then walk down this wonky street!
 That night we participated in the LLS Runners dinner.  
I fundraised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society while training for the half marathon and this was our Thank You dinner...A pretty amazing welcome!

The following morning we got up REAL early...like way before the sun came up early...to line up...
with the other 22,000 other runners (mostly women)

Pre-Race Photo


 Mid Race Photos...the Golden Gate Bride got closer and closer until I ran right by it!

 And DONE!
Tiffany Necklace in hand!


 And where do you go when you finish 13.1 miles...the beach!

 After race picture!



 Pacific ocean




 And just when I thought I had seen it all...A bird in a stroller!

 The Race was amazing.  I can't wait to train again for another 13.1!
 I ran this race in Memory of My Grandfather, Clarence Hooper (in the photo holding David) and JD's Cousin Coleman Lollar, and in honor of my friend Jane Brooks (a Leukemia survivor).

Thanks again to Jamie & Ben for all the encouragement and for showing me San Francisco!
I can't wait to go back!