I had booked the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco half marathon purely because the course was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. That could not be missed. After coming back from Peru, I was tired but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from running!
- What? Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon
- When? April 8th, 2018
- How far? 21.1 kilometers
- Where? San Francisco, United States
- Strava activity
No training apart from running races in Verona and Lisbon and then “altitude training” in the Andes by going on a Machu Picchu trek.
Went to little Italy and carbed up with some awesome pasta. Otherwise walked around and bought some Clif bars for breakfast since the race started at 6 AM as I have a rule where I eat at least 2 hours before a race.
The race start was delayed for some reason. But other than that it was pretty good. The corrals were not too crowded with people giving each other space (thanks to that comfortable American personal space). One curious thing for me at least was the American national anthem playing before the race but when in Rome…
The beginning of the race was pretty tough actually. It was a lot of turns and then one block where the San Francisco hills showed their face by giving us a pretty steep climb. Starting this early meant that we were running at sunrise which made the course so beautiful, especially as we got closer to the Presidio and the Golden Gate bridge. The climb up to the bridge was also pretty tough but all the people who came to cheer made it so much better and the generous water stations with plenty of different type of refreshments was a nice touch as well. Running on the bridge was simultaneously awesome but also crap. Awesome because it’s a bridge, it’s the Golden Gate bridge and the sunrise with the San Francisco skyline was an amazing view. Crap because they didn’t actually close of the bridge and we ran on the sidewalk instead which caused a bit of congestion here and there. Not too bad but annoying enough once and awhile. We turned around on the other side by running under the bridge and on dirt trails meant a bit of danger in twisting ankles but I survived. The rest of the course was just plainly nice and beautiful.
The finish zone was packed with people and such a great motivation except that you had to run downhill which is not what my knees wanted after a half marathon.
I found my friends after the race and helped myself to all of the different energy options, bars and chocolate milk after the race. After stretching and a shower we had some lunch with quite sore muscles.
Overall a fantastic race. The race course had its weaknesses in the sudden steep sections but you can’t beat the Golden Gate bridge. The weather was amazing, the crowds were some of the best I’ve ever experienced and the refreshment stations were excellent. Probably one of the best-organized races I’ve run.
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