50k Birthday in San Francisco

Ever since I ran my marathon birthday – 26.2 miles on my 26.2th birthday – a few years ago, I’ve been running my age in miles for every birthday. Most recently, I turned 31, so I ran 31 miles around San Francisco.

Highlights this year:

  • Ran the whole thing without looking at a map – it was cool to be able to get around my city
  • Got to see some of my favorite parts of the city (Ferry Building, AT&T Park, , Dogpatch, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Cliff House, GG Bridge, Embarcadero)
  • Visited a new (to me) place – the Labyrinth at Land’s End
  • Ran despite the rain (which was pretty aggressive!)


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Collage from the day. Top: me finishing at the Exploratorium, the Strava results of my run. Bottom: At the Labyrinth, at GG Bridge, another finishing photo.

Here’s a link to the Strava if you’re into that kind of thing

Previous Birthday Miles:

Nashville Rock’n’Roll Marathon

Ran a race a few weeks ago in Nashville. Highlights:

  • Getting to hang out with Antarctican buddies (Andrew and Patti continue to be my inspirations)
  • Exploring Nashville the music scene – it’s legit!
  • Running a pretty fast race for the hilly / hot course: 3:54 (not my fastest marathon, but came in top 8% for women and felt pretty good at the end!)

Here are some photos. Patti took most of them (thanks Patti!)


Runners “RunningSucks” and “Rainbow Goat’ pick up their bibs


Pre-race at a bar on Nashville’s Broadway that has been repurposed as a banana, bagel, and water dispensary


Running a race. Notice Patti’s cowbell in the foreground¬†


Finishing a race!


They gave us medals



Best Cheerleader Ever takes a selfie


Temp tattoo time


Sun never sets on a badass.