Half-marathon weekend in San Francisco

Trip Start Nov 02, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2007

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Friday, November 2, 2007

The time had finally come to get down and dirty and do the half-marathon in San Francisco after training 3 times a week since May. Unfortunately, Doyle hurt her ankle a few weeks before the big day and had to pass on the longest distance. However, she decided to knock her socks off in the 5K race instead. The weekend in San Francisco was also a reward for doing all the training beforehand. After getting there, the only problem was we had to stick with ice-water until the race was behind us. Bummer.

We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard on Beach Street, very well located close to Fisherman's Wharf. My half-marathon started at 7 in the morning on Sunday, only a few minutes walk from the hotel. Very convenient. The course more or less hugged the water up to the Golden Gate bridge while the sun was still rising. It was perfect running weather, with a balmy 55 and no wind or fog. 4500 people showed up for the starts combined. Turned out that 3 days later, a big oil tanker on its way to Korea, hit the Bay Bridge in the early morning fog and spilled thousands of gallons of fuel right outside the city. There are now sadly lots of dead birds and fish around Alcatraz. Anyway, the run over the Golden Gate Bridge and back was awesome. I had Bon Scott screaming encouraging lyrics to me over the headset and things couldn't have been better. I finished in comfortable 1 hour 55 min, just under my 2 hour goal. Running with the Forerunner GPS makes things just so much easier! If you don't have one, get it.

Doyle blasted through her 5K but is still troubled by her ankle. We have another half-marathon scheduled for February in Huntington Beach, CA, but it looks like she'll have to switch to biking instead and skip that race as well.

We had walked/run enough this weekend, so it was time for being lazy. We rented one of the bright yellow 3 wheeled scooters (Gocar) we saw "flying" around the city and headed back to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was noisy and a bit slow (max 35 mph), but fun. Pretty cool to be zipping around the city streets in the sun and 78 degrees in November! We went by the Cliff House in the north end of Ocean Beach for a Pale Ale, through the Golden Gate Park, passed Haight Asbury, barely made it up to the highest point in the city - Twin Peaks, and finally sped back to the Fisherman's Wharf area.

With the races out of the way, we could finally hit the Buena Vista Cafe and enjoy their famous Irish Coffees. Man did those hit the spot. My sore knees magically recovered in no time!

San Francisco is now the number one city tourist destination in the U.S. and I have to say it's a great place to hang out. Lots of things to see and a bunch of great restaurants.
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