SF marathon

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    Jul 24, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    Any RJ members doing the SF marathon this year. I'm doing the first half.

    Any advice from guys who've done it before... looking forward to it!
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    Jul 26, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    I ran the full marathon last year. It was OK. Of the dozen or so marathons I've ran, it was one of my least favorite. I think it would have been much more enjoyable if I was a first time visitor to San Francisco, but I'd been there dozens of times. I had heard that the course was extremely hilly; there was even an article in the Wall Street Journal about the brutal hills but I never really noticed them and found the course to be much smoother than marathons that don't even advertise themselves as hilly races (St Louis, Little Rock, Birmingham). I think the first half had fewer than the second, but don't really remember. I do know the second half course was boring and the first half was much more scenic. The golden gate bridge takes up a big part of the course.

    The first half does not seem to be a good course to set a PR. Running across the Golden Gate bridge was very crowded and there was not much room to maneuver. It was so foggy that there was not much to see. I don't want to sound too negative about the race because I had a really great time and ended up running one of my faster races. The weather was by far the best part--compared to Midwestern summers, the cool race-time temps were amazing. Good idea to bring some throw-away clothes to ditch early on for sure. The race expo was nothing too exciting. I am generally not a big expo fan and I found it to be very crowded. Much better things to see in SF!

    I am sure you will have a great time! Hope you update us on how it went.
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    I have run it for the last 9 years.
    The full 8 times and the first half once several years ago.

    I live in SF so I actually love the course, I love seeing my city in a new light. The first half of the course is pretty but definitely NOT a race to shoot for a PR. Crossing the bridge is a cluster fuck and the hills that do exist are mostly in the first half.

    The first half is beautiful and you'll see lots of the quintessential SF sights and end in Golden Gate Park. It is of course an early start and with the fog and marine layer you won't want to ditch your long sleeves too soon, at the very least not till you are done running the bridge.

    The hills are mostly at mile 7-10 when you double back over the bridge and run south through the Presidio. The first hill is the biggest bitch, the second just sucks a little. ;)

    I'm laying low this week so I have fresh excited legs for Sunday.
    Good luck and have a fabulous run!