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San Francisco Marathon 2008

Amazingly I was able to run in my half marathon


With my sprained ankle and my right leg being sore from compensating I felt like I was running the entire race with my parking break on. I did not feel winded but I could not run any faster without considerable pain.
Was annoyed with the fact that BART was not running early and I drove into the city. Was not much of an issue finding parking (but being me, I was way away from where I needed to be).
I hate, hate Porta Potties. I would not do well in a third world country. Was annoyed because 24 Hour fitness was closed and ended up going into Starbucks before boarding the bus.

Took buses and I pretended I was a tourist wondering when I could eat at an Olive Garden or maybe Hooters.

Due to my ankle I was running this without any concern for time. I was going to have a good time with the course. When I started running it felt like I had the parking break on.

At one point they were giving out Bananas. I had mixed feelings on this due to the peels and although it would have been funny if I re-injured myself it would suck. Then I would resent bananas and then end up having a potassium related disease.

Even on downhills I had to walk due to my ankle and my upper right leg was jealous and started being sore.

At around the eleven mile mark I hit a pot hole with my left ankle. I am normally not a big cusser but made up for it by loudly cussing for maybe 30 seconds. It was in front of a coffee shoppe. I think I offended the biker gang. If you heard this tirade, I do apologize. My ankle was not hurt because of my brace or maybe my string of profanity.

I was happy seeing the finish line. Note to race organizers, a half marathon is 13.1 miles : )
Amazingly an injured Marcus did the San Francisco marathon (half) a few seconds faster than my first half from last November.
2008 San Francisco Marathon 02:35:06
2007 US Half 02:35:38
2008 Kaiser Half 2:29:06
so with a sprained ankle I only ran six minutes slower than my personal best. .

Ran into Brett Lamb from Fleet Feet and Karla Bailey, my team in training mentor.

I am so glad (and Happy) with Athletic Endurance and their post race area with food, drinks, a kiddie pool filled with Ice Water and a much needed massage. This homeless fellow gave me a bunch of candy (that I did not want) and then started asking if he could get food. Moved away from the edge. This was something that was worth every penny. They were very supportive with my injury and all. Plus their Saturday morning runs kept me away from street gangs and cigarettes.

On the way back to my car, which was like ten miles away, I came across a Peetes coffee that was closed for Barista training but they had free coffee set up. I assumed that it was some sort of trap and not a real Peetes. I talked to this couple who wanted to open a thin crust Pizza joint and I yelled at them to make sure they offered slices and not those horrid personal Pizzas (which is the type of Pizza available in hell..)
Slices make me think that I am a part of something bigger. Personal pizzas make me feel like a glutton who is eating the entire thing. I should start an organization that wants to wipe out personal pizzas.



Shout out to
1) Peninsula Orthopedic Associates.
http://www.poadocs.com/

2) Fleet Feet
http://www.fleetfeetsanfrancisco.com/

3) Athletic Endurance
http://www.athleticendurance.com/index.shtml





























































































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