Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the San Jose 408k race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
I’m baaaack and it feels sooooo good! Although this was my second race postpartum, this was my first race in which I was able to vary my pace based upon how I was feeling… faster or slower. In my pre-race post, I mentioned that I expected to run an average of 14-minute miles. Well, I smashed that!
Race morning started with waking up at 4:15am. I pumped a bottle for baby, got ready, and was out the door by 5:03am.
I am notoriously bad at checking my fuel tank on a regular basis. (Don’t ask my husband about the time I almost ran out of gas while trying to evacuate our city that was at risk of flooding or the time I nearly ran out of gas in the middle of the Mexican jungle.) One hour into my trip my car alerted me that I needed to stop for gas. I found the nearest gas station and recorded the following video.
I really thought that I would be running in the rain. Fortunately, the sky cleared up beautifully for the race!
One of my favorite parts about participating in races, is running into (no pun intended) running friends. It was great to see fellow BibRave Pro Rory (@ckittiesprint) and fellow Pro Compression Ambassador Martinus (@300poundsandrunning) before the race started! (There were quite a few other running friends there, but sadly I missed them since I arrived barely in the nick of time… I did, however, run into one running friend, Catherine, out on the course.)
As for the course, I enjoyed that it was a point to point course versus a looped course. For the course, its website states, “Start at SAP Center in Downtown San Jose. Head West on Santa Clara – Continue on The Alameda – Left on Randol – Right on Morse – Left on Naglee – Left on Park – Right on Hester- Right on Dana – Left on Naglee – Right on Garden – Left on Emory – Continue on Laurelei – Left onto Hedding – Left on Monroe – Right on Stevens Creek. Left on Santana Row – 8K = 4.97 miles.”
Two of my favorite parts of the course were the Memorial Mile and the Mariachi Mile. For the Memorial Mile, I was running low on energy, but once I saw those veterans and activity military members holding up flags and cheering us on, I felt reenergized! As for the Mariachi Mile, this was towards the end of the course and was also quite energizing. You can see the various Mariachis in my race recap video.
Before I knew it, we were rounding the bend to Santana Row and the race was done! The finish area was well organized and well stocked with volunteers who were passing out water bottles, bananas, and bags with a couple of snacks. The finish zone also had quite a few vendors along with picture opportunities.
Once I finished walking around the finish zone, I made my way to the free buses to drive me back to the starting line.
Would I return to run the San Jose 408k? Yes, absolutely! Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, for sure!