San Francisco Marathon Weekend

This weekend, my sister ran her fourth marathon!

My parents came down from Portland to watch, and we definitely kept busy. On Friday we went to Lou’s Cafe for sandwiches, and I had an AMAZING vegetarian sandwich.

Then we went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, and my inner bio nerd came out with a vengeance. I loved my college botany classes.

Saturday we stopped at Sunflower Vietnamese Restaurant which has a bunch of vegetarian-friendly menu options, including a ridiculously delicious (and huge) bowl of vegetable noodle soup.

After picking up Emily’s race stuff at the marathon expo, we went into North Beach for dinner at Firenze by Night. I’m not usually that excited by Italian food, but it was the best gnocchi I’ve ever had!

Sunday morning we all woke up at 4 AM to get Emily to the start of the race in time. After dropping her off in her corral, we walked up the Embarcadero a little ways to watch the start.

The weather was perfect – not too warm or cold, and not too windy. As soon as she ran by we drove out to Golden Gate Park so we could see her at mile 12 and 16.

Photo from RoadBunner

We saw Emily, Aron, Alyssa, and Courtney looking strong! Then we headed back down to the Embarcadero to watch the finish.

Emily beat that guy! After getting her medal, we met up in the beer garden so she could celebrate properly.

Unfortunately she had to fly home last night because she had class today, but it was a super fun weekend! I forgot how much fun spectating for marathons can be, and it was great to see some friends run new PRs!


9 Responses to “San Francisco Marathon Weekend”

  1. 1 Audrey August 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Congrats to your sis! Super fun hanging with you and your hubs and meeting your parents too 🙂

  2. 2 Kate August 1, 2011 at 10:59 am

    My ears perked up at “gnocchi”

  3. 3 Alaina August 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Haha, I love the sign that said “Who Fartleked?”

    Congrats to your sister!! Looks like she finished strong!

  4. 4 Jacqueline August 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Wow! 4 marathons! I ran 1 and said, that’s enough… I’m coming out to San Fran this Sunday and am excited that I have so many restaurant recommendations from your site!

  5. 5 katieRUNSthis August 2, 2011 at 9:08 am

    It looks like you all had a really FUN weekend! And super congratulations to your little sister on marathon #4! I have only done one, but after Baby Key arrives in November, I plan on going for maybe two marathons next year!

    I love the race signs you held up! “Who fartleked??” HAHAHAHAHA! Priceless! I am going to have to remember that one!

  6. 6 Naomi August 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Congratulations to your sister! Sad I missed seeing you in GGP but thank you for coming out to cheer!

  7. 7 Kier August 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Congrats to your sister! I haven’t been a race spectator for a while now…I think it is about time to give back and volunteer for a few races!

  8. 8 Jen August 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

    you are such a running family! congratulations to your sister!

  9. 9 Page August 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Congrats to your sis! I hope she had a great time and I’m glad I got to see you guys at the expo!!

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