The day started out with a 4am wake up call. The team met at 5am in our hotel lobby. It's always inspiring to see how everyone decorates their race jerseys and singlets. So many names. So many in memory of and so many more in honor of family and friends battling cancer. It brought home why we do what we do. Together, as a team, we walked to the start line.
It was a huge party at Union Square with over 25,000 women and a few good men waiting for the start gun to go off. I didn't cross the start line till 7:35 am. I felt great for the first 6 miles -- past Union Square, through the Financial District, down the Embarcadero past Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and even up the Fort Mason hill. Then my ankles and muscles around my shin started to cramp up. I thought I was fueling regularly, but I might have pushed too hard during those first 6 miles. The next 7 miles were challenging to say the least. The cramping continued up the Lincoln Blvd hill through Sea Cliff, up and down Clement Street, even down Point Lobos through Golden Gate Park and down the Great Highway, all the way across the finish line. Through this stretch, my prayer/mantra became: Lord, please help me get across the finish line before my legs lock up and I fall over. I was so thankful for all the TNT coaches and staff along the race course who came over to ask how I was doing and offering words of encouragement. I was so thankful for all the volunteers who supplied us with water and fuel. I was so thankful for the music along the way, especially the freestyle in Golden Gate Park. You don't know how happy I was to hear Planet Rock around Mile 12.
It's not too late to donate if you haven't yet. My fundraising website is still open and accepting donations. http://pages.teamintraining.org/nc/nikesf12/cdusablon