Sunday Feb 01, 2009

Completed Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 1/2 Marathon - PR

I completed Kaiser Permanente 1/2 marathon earlier today and the statistics are:

Bib # 2597
Rank (in age group) 130 of 517
Rank (overall) 858 out of 5817
Chip time 1:41:30
Pace 7:45 mins

I'm a happy runner to beat my best time of 8:04 in Silicon Valley 2008.

The top-5 finishers are:



I thoroughly enjoyed the very well organized race. There were close to 9000 runners (the biggest so far in race's history of 26 years) with over 6000 1/2 marathon runners (record number as well). The parking lots were packed and so it took a while to find an empty spot. But after that every thing was seamless - boarding the shuttles, pre-race warm up, mile markers, post-race celebration, flexibility screening, and every thing else. And the weather certainly cooperated a lot with beautiful sun shining early in the race. I was certainly over dressed so had to lug my jacket/gloves with me. Loved the fact that somebody was announcing the minutes past since guntime at each mile marker - very personal and useful in my opinion!

Here are couple of possible improvements:
  • Pace groups were very poorly planned. Even though there were markers for 5, 6 ad 7 min pace at start line but there certainly were some 10 minuters over there. It easily took a mile to filter through them. I like the way waves are planned in runsfm.com.
  • No race medal :( I don't mind getting charged a few extra dollars but give me a race medal, c'mon please!
I'd love to run this race again next year!

And finally here are some pictures:



And you can certainly watch tweets at twitter.com/arungupta for more pictures.

Here are my timings so far:

Marathon / Half Marathon Total Time Pace
Kaiser Permanente San Francicsco 1/2 2009 1:41:30 7:45
Silicon Valley 1/2 2008 1:45:42 8:04
San Francisco 1/2 2008 1:52:44 8:25
San Francisco Full 2007 4:04:33 9:20
Silicon Valley Full 2006 4:06:57 9:25
San Francisco 1/2 2005 1:48:50 8:18

It seems running 31 days (out of 32 so far) in 2009 is helping :)

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Saturday Jan 31, 2009

Running Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

I'll be running Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 1/2 marathon tomorrow. This is my first time on this course:



Click on the above map to explore!

The course seems slightly confusing because it crosses itself couple of times. But hopefully it's managed nicely to help the runners. The bib and the chip came in via postal mail which saves an additional trip to San Francisco for material pickup, that is nice!

The starting time of 8am, predicted low of 46o F, 30 days of running this month, and running right next to the ocean - will find out if it's an exciting adventure tomorrow ;)

Anybody else running ?

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