This weekend was full of races - virtual and the IRL kind - a bit of travel, running with good friends and a fair bit of laughs. Sounds like a great weekend right? It absolutely was. Other than the part when one of the boys got sick, it was great.
It started on Friday when Paula set out to run virtually with a team of awesome ladies running for an even more awesome cause. The ladies of #TeamSparkle ran the Ragnar SoCal for Rett Syndrome (learn how to help support this great cause here). Their mission to run #Ragnar4Rett began on Friday and consisted of 190 miles of road running to end on Saturday.
To pledge her support, Paula chose to run a virtual 5k at the same time the team began their grueling adventure. Awesome job this past weekend, #TeamSparkle!
On Saturday, Paula ran the inaugural @giantsrace here in our hometown of Sacramento. Since we had to travel down to San Francisco to make the We Run Social meetup in the afternoon, I chose to register her for the 5k instead of the 10k.
It was a great day for racing and Paula did amazing! She PR'd and didn't feel like throwing up afterwards. Off to an awesome start, I'd say. After meeting up with fellow Rock N Bloggers, Andrew and Andrea, we all set off to meet up once again in San Francisco to gear up for the RnRSF Half Marathon.
We spent some time galavanting around the city before having dinner with friends. Unfortunately Jacob got a migraine that wouldn't subside and couldn't attend dinner which meant that we were three down. Nonetheless, we enjoyed great company and great food. After deciding on race plans we went our own way to get race ready.
Since the race is a point to point course, we had to be shuttled to the Start Line so the plan was to meet in the hotel lobby at 430am. Yikes, that's early! Luckily I woke up with plenty of time to get ready, eat a banana and muffin and meet Brian and Mike in the lobby. We made the mile walk, met Richard and hopped on the shuttle buses (which were warm!) down to Ocean Beach Start Line.
We made our way to the VIP area and enjoyed time with additional pre-race goodies, coffee and chatter. There was plenty of time to relax and even snap a pic with fellow Rock N Bloggers, Elizabeth and Sharon:
I was excited for this race because it was very reminiscent of #RnRLA where Mike, Brian and I ran together with no intention of setting any PR's. Heck, the last time Mike ran this course, he danced his way through most of it so we knew he was going to at least set a course PR.
The miles - along with the hills - went by quickly and before you knew it, we were at Lincoln Hill where the Blue Mile was held. I stopped to snap a selfie with our flag and the Golden Gate bridge in view. Nailed it.
When you're running with good company, you don't mind the hills and as cliche as it may sound, the views ARE really worth the climb. Mike brought along his trusty new toy - a camera that records 360 degrees around and filmed us all crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out a snippet HERE. View it on a Mac or PC for the full effect!
Eating donuts and taking selfies is tough! Remember this little gem from #RnRLA last year?
After more beautiful views, we neared the finish line. This is where the title of this post comes in. You see, Mike wanted to record us finishing the race together on his fancy schmancy camera and started to record. Somehow, the words "wanna go fast" came out (from who, I don't know) and Brian said No, No, No and Mike heard Go, Go, Go! and when you're already speeding up, we found ourselves sprinting thru the finish line which may or may not have been a great idea. But boy was it fun!
We cooled down with the Fam, congratulated each other on a job well done and said our "until next times." My first Rock 'n' Roll race of 2016 is already gonna be hard to beat!