Race Report: San Francisco Marathon 2009


This was by far the most scenic marathon I’ve run so far. The first part of the race took you down the embarcadero through the pier area. At around mile 6 you went over the foggy golden gate bridge. I got to see the elite runners running back over the bridge on the opposite side… those guys/gals are nuts.

I kept a pretty strong sub 8:00 pace all the way up to mile 20 and then dropped down to a little over an 8:00 min/mile. My goal for the race was to run a 3:30. Towards the end I could see the 3:30 pace leader closing in on me. The last mile was though with him on my heels.

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Final time!

3:29:23 (about 8 minutes faster than my previous PR)

395th/4981 overall, 70th/524 M25-29

Still need to shave off 19 minutes for a Boston Marathon qualifier. My next marathon in the Long Beach Marathon on October 11th. It’s really fast and flat so I think I’ll be shooting for a 3:25.

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