A year ago, I ran the Inaugural Oakland Half Marathon and had a blast! I had already started this blog and only had it up and running for about 2 months. I cannot tell you how much I love the spirit that the Oakland Marathon brings to the city.
I had such an enjoyable weekend watching and cheering on my friends. Although I wished I could have participated, I also embraced the fact that I was a spectator, being a familiar, friendly face they knew during the race. I always look for and get an extra push of motivation once I see someone I know when running.
I cannot believe the convenience of this race. I admit that it is probably a hassle for people NOT spectating or running, but for someone who lives fairly close to lots of look-out points, it made for a really easy day. I slept in (a plus), drove and parked my car near lakeshore (4 minutes, another plus!), and walked over to grab a tea (another major plus!). I decided to station myself around the 11 mile mark/23 mile mark.
Lots of amazing individuals that I told I would be there! And I timed it right so that I knew around when I would start seeing them. I picked a spot where not too many spectators were standing so it wouldn’t be difficult to miss me. Then I started snapping pictures 🙂 What I loved most about this race is that I got to hang out with, watch, and cheer on people from all venues of my life – running club friends, friends I’ve met through blogging, very good friendships I’ve developed through Church.
Friends, Nick and John
Kristin and Steven
Lauren and Stephanie (above) who I met and have supported me since my first running endeavor here in the Bay.
Friends, Monica and Annie
Tara and Danica
I also got to hang out with Aron (but don’t have a photo of! boooo).
And one of the best parts was that the rain held up for us!! Congrats on finishing the race!