I've said it one and I'll say it again, I love living in Northern California! Wine country to the west, mountains to the east, and San Francisco to the southwest! Last weekend, I headed to wine country to run, sip, and savor!
One of my favorite places to run races, since I have many, is the Napa Valley. I’ve ran the Napa to Sonoma half, the Healdsburg half, and the Santa Rosa marathon, but never the Napa Valley marathon. I, therefore, had no idea what to expect at the Napa Valley Marathon expo.
Going into the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, I wondered if I'd be able to pull off a postpartum PR. I logged quite a few miles in January, but many of the miles were walking miles. I questioned my ability to run faster, especially over the course of 13.1 miles. Even as I stood in the starting corral I wondered, "Can I really pull off a sub 11 minute pace for 13+ miles?"
One of my favorite races is the San Francisco Hot Chocolate 15k race. The opportunity to pace runners to the finish line, the course through Golden Gate Park, the race swag, and of course all the chocolate are some of the reasons why I love this race!