Friday, July 9, 2010
Thank You San Francisco Marathon
I'm not sure what I'm doing with the San Francisco Marathon. I won entry, but there's no way I'm running or walking or limping 26.2 miles so I'm writing this is a thank you to the race organizers and hopefully to sort out my options.
What the heck do I do? Start the full and go for the half? Pace friends for a bit? So many unknowns make me miss the certainty of training. I enjoy the structure of mileage increases and decreases during the taper. I miss knowing at least a ballpark estimate of miles on a certain weekend, week, etc. Yet here I am with a few weeks to go with a bib and a chip and a bum knee, I'm open to your suggestions!
SF Marathon organizers, thank you for many reasons! With my first marathon, I felt a big disconnect with the organizers and the race itself. The marathon website was clinical, confusing and at the risk of sounding really cheesy, made me feel a bit alone. I had questions about the race ended up getting answers from fellow runners on Twitter. Contrast this with the SFM, where the team has been always a tweet, email, or wall post away! Questions are answered quickly, their social media has been updated frequently, and they have been a great conduit between runners. Whoever does their twitter deserves super kudos, I've seen other runners looking for advice have their queries retweeted, and even something as silly as "how's everyone's training going?" has really helped foster a feeling of community.
Marathons are a personal thing, and a group effort. We as individuals toe that start line, but the race organizers help put it all together as a group effort along with volunteers. The SFM has done a bang up job of fostering a "we're all going for it" feeling among the participants. I hope the race day goes as well as the lead up! Thanks again guys!