The San Francisco Marathon Race Review
Lately I've seen a ton of negative reviews coming from the San Francisco Marathon. Such as THIS one. However, every race is an entirely different experience for each individual runner. And I'm here to tell you that I LOVED the San Francisco Marathon!
I had bad plantar fasciitis, was in pain the last few miles, but STILL had a great time. So that says a lot. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I'll keep the PROs and CONs short. Then we'll get to ALL the awesome pics. ;-)
Now, here's a quick rundown of the PROs:
--The weather was PERFECT! Overcast, foggy, slightly chilly but perfect for a full marathon. The sun DID come out a little later but not until about mile 20.
--The start was practically right under the Bay Bridge and since we were staring early, it was still night. The Bridge was all lit up and made for an awesome start!
--The scenery! I wasn't the only one snapping selfies left and right! We ran out AND back across the Golden Gate Bridge. Through Golden Gate Park. Through the city streets, Fisherman's Warf, The Marina... and so many other great parts of the city! Some great opportunities for awesome photos.
--Speaking of pics, this race offered all the digital photos for FREE! You don't have to shell out tons of money just to post some awesome shots on your social media pages. Some of the shots I've shared here were taken by the race photographers and I was able to download them in just three days after the race!
--All the aide stations had plenty to offer. Granted I wasn't at the "back of the pack" like many that have written negative reviews, but I wasn't at the front either! Nuun, GU, water... it was all there and plenty to choose from.
--Post-race at the finish line, I was in muffin heaven! I think there were two separate times to snag any sort of muffin I could think of. Unfortunately, my stomach was upset after running 26.2, so I had to pass on the pastries. There were also tons of chocolate milk, coconut water, etc. to munch on.
--Afterwards, I discovered the city of San Fran itself is perfect for celebrating and "re-fueling"! I treated myself at every bakery I passed, and couldn't leave without having a Ghiradelli sundae! :)
Every race does have its CONS:
--Early Start. The Marathon started at 5:30am. Pretty dang early for me, but at least you get to start early which means you FINISH earlier too!
--Fog. Unfortunately, the fog made the picture-perfect bridge a little less picture-perfect. But hey, check out all the shots I still was able to get. AND I was running across the freakin' bridge itself! The Fog didn't ruin the experience in my book!
--HILLS! It's a rolling course. Nothing HORRIBLE. But Hills are Hills. So don't go expecting a downhill, or pancake-flat course.
--Boxed Water. Yeah, boxed water. Like in a milk carton. Environmentally friendly, I get it, but the struggle of opening this thing post-26.2 was less than desirable.
Despite my injury I finished under 4:30. Maybe not my BEST time, but definitely the most triumphant victory! .
If YOU have ran the SF Marathon, let me hear how it went by sounding off below in the comments.