17th Half Marathon of 2012: Rock 'n Roll San Jose!!
Thursday, October 4th:
3 legs of flying today and finally we're in San Jose...now I can say "Why yes, I DO know the way to San Jose"! Thanks to the USAirways Upgrade Fairy we were seated in First Class all the way, woo hoo! We made the short trip from the airport to our downtown hotel and went exploring a bit before hitting the sack. Apparently, it's Zombie Walk tonight and luckily, after flying all day, I feel like I fit right in!
|Cool greeting upon hitting the streets of Downtown San Jose. If I don't run well I think I'll claim to be suffering a touch of the death.|
As usual before every Half Marathon this year I have to scramble to finish my blog from the previous race. While Jim was in Concord, CA working with one of his distributors I hunkered down in the hotel to finish the blog from Denver. I also had emails and a few work tasks to knock out but by noon I was done with it all and ready to see some more of San Jose!
I decided the first stop should be the Expo, it's always nicer to get through packet pick-up and visit the vendor booths before the bigger crowds arrive. I walked the 3 blocks to the convention center under perfect California skies.
|Another week, another Expo!|
|The 1/2 Marathon and Mini Marathon course map...almost life-sized.|
|San Jose 1/2 Marathon charm, middle left! Ba-ling!! Will I have room for the last 5?|
|Joey, the San Jose rep for Terryberry/Marathon Jewelry, helping Emily in the booth this weekend.|
|Hmmm... would be nice to try the World Tour next year! Longer flights but fewer races!|
|Downtown San Jose, a few blocks from our Hyatt Place hotel.|
|Yay! We found Beth-food!|
|How could we go wrong at the Good Karma cafe?|
|Both of our meals were delicious! This was my plate, Chala Masala and Spicy Tofu Basil with steamed veggies and brown rice.|
|We sat outside along the sidewalk and people-watched as we finished our lunch.|
|This is where the VIP tent will be set up on Sunday. Hopefully I'll have a chance to visit this museum before leaving town.|
|These fountains were a huge hit with kids and dogs, and I had a great time hanging out nearby and watching the fun. This is the finish line area for Sunday's race.|
|Jim, in front of the home of Elaine and David Canha... where Mark and his siblings grew up.|
|They also had a huge grill area, a dining area and this fire pit nook.|
The Hyatt Place has a wonderful free breakfast buffet, free WiFi and is conveniently located to everything we needed...PLUS, they had a really great rate if you used the Rock 'n Roll discount code upon booking. If you decide to run this race I can highly recommend a stay here.
|My breakfast: cottage cheese, oatmeal and fresh fruit with coffee and OJ (not pictured).|
|Jim's breakfast: Pancakes with butter and syrup along with a Ham/Egg/Cheese sandwich.|
|This was a beautiful small town full of interesting boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants.|
|Quiet and relaxing on an early Saturday morning.|
When the afternoon was drawing to a close we headed back to San Jose to meet up with Carl Brance (Allard DM whom you may remember from the Portland race) to make plans for tomorrow's event. We invited Emily and Joey (from Marathon Jewelry) to join us for dinner in the swanky Santana Row district about 4 miles outside of the downtown SJ area. We met at Straits and sat outside under the heaters.
|Overall our food was really good. This is probably the most interesting fish-dish presentation I had ever seen: Crispy fried Snapper with spicy basil sauce.|
Sunday, October 7th--Race Day!!
A 6:00 am wake-up call felt like sleeping in compared to some of our adventures. There was a chill in the morning air but both Jim and I were excited to finally be running in cooler temperatures again. We made our way to the starting line area, about 7 blocks from the hotel, and immediately went for the coffee station!
|Carl finds his way to the start! He's planning to get video coverage along the course and will also help to coordinate with the media. He has a busy morning in store for him... I am so happy to have his help!|
|David "Clydesdale Runner" DeNeire refuses to miss a Rock 'n Roll event!|
|David with his friend, Rafael, Jim and Carl before the start.|
|Jim is ready to finish... and it's only the start.|
|Me, trying to keep warm before we get going.|
|We did it!!! Carl made his way all over the route today to get GREAT footage for our Get Back Up campaign. Roger finished his run in 1:51 and I in 1:59:16.|
|Carl, spreading the Get Back Up message...and his own experience with back surgery and footdrop...with a local reporter.|
|Kevin Gonzalez (front), another amazing Rock 'n Roll regular, had a PR at this race... congrats, Kevin! Behind him are finishers Rafael and David and two of the great Competitor Group staff.|
|Jim and Carl taking a much-earned break after the race.|
|This is Carl and I after we finished a lengthy interview with a reporter from the San Jose Mercury News.|
|Emily and I take some time out to listen to the band and say our goodbyes until the next Half Marathon. See you in St. Louis, Emily! (I will actually be running in NYC next weekend for the RnR 10K but she won't be there.) :-(|
Immediately after the race festivities wrapped up we said our goodbyes to Carl and our other friends. We cleaned up back at the hotel and went out in search of more food and to watch the afternoon NFL and MLB games.
|Fish Tacos from a restaurant in San Pedro square... I forgot to take a photo of the menu!|
A walk through town to loosen up our legs after the run.
|More of San Jose as the sun sets.|
|Another cool spot, an outdoor wine bar along Santana Row. We saw so many folks walking this area with the medals from the race around their neck.|
|A delicious cheese tray for an early evening bite.|
We didn't have the stamina to stay out late last night after such a long day so it was an early night for us. Today we fly home but not until later in the afternoon so we decided to get our laundry done while we had a chance. If you've read the previous blogpost you'll know we're having plumbing issues back home and with only 1 and a half days at home before we leave again for the next event we didn't want to take chances!
|This shot was taken, unbeknownst to me at the time, just as I was crossing the finish line.|
|The first correction to note: While I did play soccer before, during and after college... and I did go to UNC... I did not play for the championship varsity UNC squad famous for so much success. In this article it is implied that I did.|
The second correction to note in the article:
What I said: "While frustrated that amputees could run while I was struggling in my plastic AFO just to walk normally, my orthotists told me 'In regards to running we could actually do more for you if you were amputated'."
What he wrote: "The doctors wanted to amputate but Beth wouldn't hear of it"
And the third correction to note:
I said we didn't know what my role would be in 2013 as far as the Get Back Up campaign was concerned; that I had only committed to the plan of running 22 races for 2012.
He wrote that I may be going back to my advertising career.
For the record, I fully intend to continue this journey at least until the start of 2014... we just haven't figured out yet what we'll be doing next year...most likely it won't be 22 Half Marathons.
Oh well, the most important thing is that we did get great coverage and the details of footdrop and new brace technology were all perfectly accurate! Phone calls and emails began coming in immediately... mission accomplished thanks to the Mercury News!!
Now off to more important tasks of the day:
Another great Rock 'n Roll Half completed, this is the unusual medal. Official time: 1:59:16