I am glad I signed up for this race back when it was first announced. Not because it had sold out quickly but because I decided not to run Oakland Half Marathon this weekend. I scheduled a trip to NYC without checking this weekend’s race schedule. Not that I am trained for either race, but I want to run a Half before Boston as a tune-up. Training for Boston is going OK, considering what I’ve gone through in the past few months. So far, my longest run this year is 15 miles (today!), and I actually felt like I could run a few more. My goal for the Half is to finish in 1:40. A little over 7:37 pace, so I should be able to, if I can keep the current fitness level and health.
The course looks like identical to US Half I ran back in 2006. That was my first distance race and I finished it in 1:53:39. I had a hard time walking to BART station after the race, because my legs were killing me. Anyway, the race starts near Fort Mason at 7am. Considering it is the first weekend of April in San Francisco, the weather should be really cool and favorable for racing. After the start, we’ll all head for Presidio through Crissy Field. The first three miles till Presidio are pretty flat, but we’ll climb about 300 feet over two miles after that. The steepest hill looks like 100 feet gain in 0.2 miles. I’ve run that hill a few times before, but it’s always been hard… That climb will bring us to the Golden Gate Bridge and we will run across it. In US Half, they did not close a car lane and we ran on the sidewalk, I think. Rock ‘n’ Roll will probably be the same. One way across the bridge is about 1.7 miles and we run back another 1.7 miles to come back into the city. On return, we will run down to Fort Point and head for the finish at Aquatic Park/Ghirardelli Square.
With all the attractions, I might have sounded like someone from San Francisco Visitors Bureau, but that’s the actual course. The race organizers highlight the scenic course as one of the perks, in addition to local bands playing along the course. If we have fog over the bridge, it will be a classic San Francisco morning! Cannot wait!