Hi all! My half marathon on Sunday went really well, and my time ended up being a lot better than I expected. The weather was nice and cool, making for perfect racing conditions, and the course had some nice rolling hills that were a nice change from the completely flat landscape in Davis. I wore my racing flats, which I think was a really good decision because they felt weightless compared to my usual training shoes. This was the third half marathon that I’ve run, but the first to I did I had a friend to run with the whole time, so this was quite a different experience. I started out with a pace group, but it felt kind of slow so I ended up breaking away from them after about a mile and a half. I was nervous that I would go too fast in the beginning without a running buddy there to keep me in check, but it turned out fine in the end. I guess it’s just a good idea to be flexible in your race plan and listen to your body. I’ll post pictures of me racing soon!
A picture of the race!
San Francisco was an amazing city! I actually didn’t get lost at all, despite having to navigate back and forth between my hotel and the Amtrak station and making the mile long walk to the main start line of the race in the very early morning hours. I could totally see myself living there someday, especially in one of the beautiful Victorian-style houses that San Francisco is famous for. I only wish that I could have had someone there with me to explore the city!
I ate some yummy food this past weekend too! I didn’t take pictures of most of it though…I was just so darn hungry by the time I would sit down to eat that I usually finished my food before remembering to take a picture of it! On Saturday my lunch was a yummy beet salad from the Plant Cafe on the Embarcadero. Then for dinner that night I ended up just making some pasta at the hostel I was staying at rather than going out to eat (that way I could save some money and go to bed early to rest up for the race). At the finish line of the race they gave us an insane amount of free food, including lots of mini Luna bars, coconut water, Jamba Juice smoothies, scones, bananas, and oranges. I pretty much just snacked on that stuff all day, and then before I left that night I got some delicious frozen yogurt at the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero. I chose chocolate froyo with chocolate-covered expresso beans and strawberries. So delicious!
Yum! (This picture doesn’t really do it justice)
This weekend I’m heading to San Francisco to run my half marathon! I’m really excited, but also kind of nervous. I would really love to PR, but considering all the logistics I’ll have to deal with surrounding the big event, I won’t be too upset if I don’t run my best time. I leave on an Amtrak train tomorrow morning and arrive in the city in the early afternoon. Once I get there, I will have to find somewhere to eat lunch and then take a shuttle bus to the Race Expo to get my race bib and everything (there is no race day check-in) and then I will most likely take the shuttle back, walk to my hotel, check in there (or at least check my bag behind the counter) and then hopefully find some cool little shops and/or a museum to explore. Following this (hopefully) relaxing/low-key day, I want to get pasta somewhere and then settle in for the night. I have to get up early (before 6) and take a cab to the location of the 2nd half marathon shuttle bus which will drop me off at the start of the 2nd half marathon. Once I get there, I have to check my bag, and then it’s RACE TIME (it starts at 8:30 a.m. and I’m in the 2nd wave)!! After the race, I have to somehow find my checked bag amid the thousands of others, and then catch the Amtrak back to Davis that evening. Needless to say the logistics of this whole enterprise are a bit complicated, and if I finish around 1 hour and 40 minutes (my time from last summer) I will be pretty satisfied. However, if I broke 1:40 I would be ecstatic (especially with those famous San Francisco hills)!!! I’m thinking of wearing buns for the race, but I haven’t decided for sure yet. If I were to wear them, I think it would definitely help me channel some of my inner Ole strength and attack those massive hills! I also think I’ll wear my New Balance racing flats that I wore for the 10k during track; they’re virtually weightless while still being supportive for my feet. I’ll probably wait until race day to decide though, especially considering the nagging heel pain I’ve been having the past couple weeks.
Here are a few of the images that come to mind when I think of San Francisco:
This afternoon my roommate Mahallia and I took a trip to Walnut Creek for some shopping. We hit up Lululemon, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom’s, and Labels (all too a bit expensive for me, but I had fun window-shopping nonetheless!). My favorite store we went to was Labels. They had lots of used designer merchandise for way cheaper than what you would pay at the department stores. I especially liked their large selection of designer handbags. After shopping, we grabbed lunch at LanBoulange, a cute little sandwich shop/bakery place. Overall a really fun day and a great introduction to what the East Bay Area has to offer!
My beautiful rommate Mahallia!
Dress from Nordstrom’s
French macaroons from La Boulange
Bread display at La Boulange
Bread at La Boulange
- More bread at La Boulange
Bread pudding from La Boulange
Sandwich from La Boulange (Open-faced with pesto, portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and goat cheese on multigrain toast)
Minnesota just got done with a massive heat wave last week, and it looks like it’s our turn now. I heard on the news this morning that this will be one of the hottest weeks the Sacramento area has seen in over 3 years.
I’ve been in love with french braiding since I was a little girl, but unfortunately I’m not talented or patient enough to learn how to do it. Lucky for me, my roommate Mahallia is a pro at french braiding. Last night she tried out a cool wraparound style.
Here’s a picture of the braid.
It would have looked even cooler if we had a pretty flower clip like this one from HairFlowers.net to help accent the braid and make it look more professional and streamlined.
I plan on studying abroad in South Africa next spring at the University of Cape Town through a program with CIEE. The classes I will most likely take include African Gender Studies, African Dance, African Language (either Sotho or Xhosa), and South African History. I also plan on joining the UCT “Athletics” Club (which is basically like a running club, but since running is the only real sport anyway- and because us trackies are just so darn athletic- I guess it only makes sense that in the rest of the world “running” is synonymous with “athletics”).
Here’s a picture of the upper campus at UCT. I love how it’s nestled right against the side of the mountain. It almost reminds me of the bluffs in southeastern Minnesota along the Mississippi River.
I’m registered to run the 2nd half marathon (connected with The San Francisco Marathon) on July 29th. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Spreckel’s Lake in Golden Gate Parkand finishes near the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero. In addition to the satisfaction of completing the race, finishers also get fresh fruit and smoothies from Jamba Juice and yogurt and granola parfaits from Siggi’s Yogurt and San Franola Granola!