Completed San Francisco Marathon 2007

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4 hours, 4 mins, 33 secs - yeah, that's what it took me to complete my first

San Francisco Full Marathon

I did
First Half Marathon
2 years ago and First
last year, but this was the first Full Marathon on the hills of San
Francisco. Even though I could not complete within less than 4 hours but I was
happy that I took only 3 short walk breaks and maintained my pace as planned.
There was

San Francisco characteristic-fog
all through the course with no Sun shine
anywhere at all, and in a way that helped. Here is the complete breakdown from

official results
(bib# 1378):

Distance »7.5 milesHalf20.7 milesFinish

Some other stats are:

Place Overall1317 out of 4250
Men1058 out of 2805
M 30-34178 out of 436
Age Grade51.38%


fastest male runner
clocked 2:25:57 and the

fastest female runner
was 2:43:41.

The race was very well organized and some of the highlights that I liked are:

  • The course was very well marked and the local crowd support was very

    supportive. This was much better than

    Silicon Valley Marathon last year
    where the course was lonely at quite a

    few spots. Today the course was well guided by cops or event team.

  • There were ample water stations and each station was accompanied with a

    medical aid staff as well. This proved out to be a boon at Mile 23 where

    they applied Biofreeze to my sore

    thighs. And there was no stopping after that at all.

  • There were music stations

    all through out the

    and the frequency of stations increased during the last miles.

    This helped me maintain the rhythm closer to the stations. Kudos to all the

    bands for playing early in the morning.

  • National Holistic Institute, College of

    Massage Therapy
    were giving a free massage to all the runners after the

    race. This helped a quick recovery of my sore body parts.

With my son before Start

Start Line

Right after the Finish

In front of the Bay Bridge

2007 Finisher Pose

With my wife and son after the Finish

And lastly, my wife and 4-year old son drove me to the race early morning and
cheered for me at the start and the finish line. This was the biggest morale

I read it somewhere "The only thing that does not hurt after a Marathon is
your Pride
". And I completely felt it today right after the race and the
massage turned out to be a big blessing :)


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Comments ( 8 )
  • Glen Mazza Monday, July 30, 2007

  • nitinpai Monday, July 30, 2007
    Hi Arun,
    Heartiest Congratulation on completing the marathon. I am truly impressed by your all rounder attitude both in technology and in your running.
    I am a Java Fan and I read almost all your posts. Hope to join Sun Microsystems one day! :)
    Good luck on your future miles.....
  • Rocky Aroda Monday, July 30, 2007
    The marathons of life are truly inspirational. Thanks for being an inspiration, and continued success on all future life runs.
  • Arun Gupta Monday, July 30, 2007
    Thanks Glen, Nitin, and Rocky ... I could complete it with wishes from readers like you :)
  • Rama Pulavarthi Tuesday, July 31, 2007
    Wow!! Great Job.
  • Dhiraj Tuesday, July 31, 2007
    Lala Ji:
    Congrat on running the 2nd marathon :-) The additioanl 4 mins 33 secs can be attributed to strong head wind as well as beautiful distraction for the last quarter :-)....kya kare ladkiyo ko bhi dekhna jarroori hai..
    We are very proud of you; especially, the commitment of last few months towards this race......
    I guess the target has to be 3.50 for next Marthaon to challenge yourself :-)
  • Anoop Trivedi Tuesday, July 31, 2007
    Hi Arun
    Congratulations! Keep it up, I am sure next year will be under 3:30.
  • VA Refinance Friday, April 25, 2008

    Way to go we all new you could do it.

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