This morning thousands of runners competed in the San Francisco Marathon. Congratulations to all the finishers!! I was really excited to get up early and watch the race. Jon's coworker Erich was doing the full race and we wanted to support him, plus races always reinvigorate me and remind me how important it is to prepare.
It was a foggy morning which I'm sure the runners appreciated. Our city actually looks its best when Karl the Fog makes an appearance.
The Dude was embarrassed that I was clapping and cheering loudly. I, of course, take that as an opportunity to cheer even louder and clap even harder :) I reminded him how much it means to all the racers that people spend their morning cheering them on from the sidelines! There have been many, many times mid-race when I slowed to a walk - letting my head get in the way of my feet - and I'd look over and someone in the crowd would catch my eye and say something amazing like "You're CRUSHING this!" or "Free donuts ahead!" and I'd remember how much I wanted to run, and how lucky I am to have feet that work and a heart that pumps, and I'd pick up my pace and start running again. Spectators are the best!!
Endorphin Dude made an appearance to spread a little superpower speed via high fives. Jon's friend warned us he was injured and having trouble with his calf the night before the race so it was hit-or-miss if he was going to run the full race. But at mile 18 we saw him come up the hill with a big grin! It was his first marathon and he was crushing it. It inspired me for my own race coming up in December! Nice work Erich!
The boys were getting restless and I still needed to get my run in so Jon took them out for donuts while I ran. It couldn't have worked out more perfectly...just when I was starting to feel hungry myself, I ran around the corner and there were the boys and Jon in the car at the stop sign! We all laughed like we hadn't seen each other in years instead of minutes. Then he hooked me up with a Z-Bar.
I only had to run 8 miles today and I enjoyed it. Although it was slower than I'd like, I stopped a bunch of times to watch the racers so my time may not have been as slow as my Nike App said or at least that's what I'll tell myself! For next week's long run I'm going to aim for a faster start and hope I can end as strong as I have the past couple of weeks. I love running in this city. Honestly there are so many different climates and smells and terrains -- it's indescribable unless you've been here.
Yesterday we wanted to get the rascals some fresh air but they were both still feeling a little sick so we packed some snacks and did a really short walk at Fort Funston. This place is home to about a hundred dogs and their owners, running around like maniacs (the dogs, not the humans :) .
We stopped to eat watermelon and chips. Croc decided to draw a picture of everything.
We walked to one of the old coastal artillery batteries - Battery Davis. It was built in 1940 and declared obsolete shortly after World War II. Fort Funston later became a Nike missile launch site, then eventually transferred to the National Park Service to as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Honestly how blessed are we to be able to drive here in 15 minutes! We could tell the kids were hitting a wall very soon...the grumblings were getting closer together and snacks getting lighter. So we packed everything up and headed home for naps all around!
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