In April of this year, a friend of mine convinced me to enter a random draw with her for a chance to run the Nike Women’s (Half) Marathon in San Francisco. At the time the furthest distance under my belt was 5 km, so needless to say the morning I received the confirmation email saying we were chosen to run I was filled with many mixed emotions – disbelief, panic, excitement, did I say panic?! I couldn’t believe I was going to have to run 21 km!
After a summer of training (which never really felt complete), I laced up my shoes and on October 14 I ran through the hilly streets of San Francisco; a route that took us along the coast, passed Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and through Golden Gate Park before coming to an end on the beach – a beautiful course!
I can’t even begin to describe what an amazing experience this was; the feeling of accomplishing something that never seemed possible, the adrenaline, the energy from the other runners and the crowds cheering you on, is like no other. Heading into the big day I was convinced I would never run another race, but after that feeling of crossing the finish line I’m ready to take on another!