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The San Francisco Marathon 2014


I’ve always wanted to run the SF Marathon, so when we decided to move back I signed up for it right away. They had a 3:00 pace group, so I started the race with them. We were clocking 6:40 miles and had more than 30 seconds to spare after the downhill sections after coming back from the Golden Gate Bridge. A friend from my running group joined me in Golden Gate Park and paced me for a couple of miles, it was awesome and resulted in a pretty fast mile 18. I started to fade at mile 19, at around mile 20 the 3:05 pacers passed me. I think sub 3 at TSFM was a bit aggressive especially with inadequate hills training. Since I already got my BQ, I just took it easy on the downhills in the last 10k. I was mindful with my quads and didn’t want them to cramp up. I also didn’t want more black toenails. I ran high-7 and low-8 min-miles only and it was a pretty comfortable stroll to the finish line. I finished with a 3:11:00, which I’m pretty happy with.

Detailed results

Time 3:11:00
Overall Pace 7:11
Overall Place 138 out of 6580
Gender Place 132 out of 4287
Age Group (M35–39) Place 15 out of 648






I have a decent collection of running shoes:

  • Saucony Peregrine 4 for trails, really love these, I got about 142 miles in them
  • Adidas Energy Boost 2.0, ran Grandma’s with these, racked up about 240 miles in them, mostly longer runs
  • Newton Distance S III, ran SFM with these, was curious about the brand, decent shoes, only have about 128 miles on them so far
  • Altra One2, just got them, very light weight, zero drop, the sizes run a bit small so maybe get a half size bigger than usual

Other gears

  • RooSport pouch, I picked up one of these at the Grandma’s expo. I used to run with running belts and switched to this. The RooSport doesn’t bounce at all, and it holds my phone and a few Gu packets. I’ve done many long runs and ran SFM with it, no chaffing at all
  • Feetures socks, only socks I run with now, super comfy, no chaffing or blisters after over 1k miles in them. They’re also available for cheap at Nordstrom Rack
  • Meelectronic M6P cans, cheap $25 cans with volume slider and button, solid inexpensive running cans
  • I picked up an Elevation Training Mask, will start training with it on


I picked up a pair of SKINS RY400 recovery compression tights before Grandma’s. I put them on shortly after the race and had them on 24/7 for 3 days. They helped a lot. I now sleep in them after harder workouts. If you want to recover quickly, I highly recommend them. I hydrate with Nuun tablets after workouts, the flavors are tasty and sugar-free. I take Gu Recovery Brew after long runs, and after races I drink Hammer Recoverite.

I just got a Roll Recovery R8 massager, it’s pricey but works really well. I use it in addition to my Tiger Tail and Grid foam rollers (yes I have 2, the original 13″ one and the 5″ one for travel).


I will attempt sub 3 again at CIM. Maybe one of the Tahoe marathons too, but should probably just focus on CIM. I’ll do Boston 2015 and probably the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge, that’s to run Big Sur, a pretty hilly and difficult course, 6 days after Boston. I already signed up for TSFM 2015, I should be much better prepared for it next year.

SF 20-miler

Since we moved from Lower Pac Heights to South Park, Golden Gate Park isn’t as close, but I try to get there on my longer runs. I usually run there via The Wiggle, and then on the trails next to MLK, out to run on Ocean Beach, through Lands End trails to Sea Cliff, then on Baker Beach, up the sand ladder, to Golden Gate Bridge, then my usual Fort Point, Crissy Field, Fort Mason, Fisherman’s Wharf, Embarcadero, back to SoMa.

A few snapshots during yesterday’s run:

Sunday run: Lands End

Sunday run: Baker Beach

Sunday run: Baker Beach (sand ladder)

Rainbow and clouds over San Francisco

I bought a Hoya Pro1 Digital circular polarizer off eBay a while ago, but didn’t get a chance to try it until today. It rained last night and first half of the day, and then the sun came out. I drove up to Twin Peaks with my camera, tripod, and my 24-70/2.8L with the circular polarizer attached for a few shots. We were lucky enough to catch the rainbow, it was definitely an interesting sight.

Both of the images here were enhanced with the graduate filter in Adobe Camera Raw to bring out a bit more of the buildings, as they were both metering more to the sky. Exposure info can be seen at Flickr (you click on the image to go to its Flickr page, and then click on “more properties” in the EXIF info section). Black and white conversion was done by simply creating a Black & White adjustment layer.

Rainbow (by Andrew Ng Images)

Clouds (by Andrew Ng Images)

San Francisco from Treasure Island

Treasure Island is a nice spot to shoot the SF skyline, I went there yesterday with the SF Photography Meetup group. That was my first event with them, got there half an hour late and just setup and started shooting, didn’t talk to other members. I think one of the organizers walked by to see if anyone needed help, but I guess I didn’t look like I needed any.

I also shot a few shot of Sherry with 580EX2 tripped with Pocket Wizards, but none of them turned out well enough to post-process. Anyway, some shots:

Bay Bridge from Treasure Island (by a y n)

San Francisco from Treasure Island (by a y n)

San Francisco from Treasure Island (by a y n)

San Francisco from Treasure Island (by a y n)

I tried the included HDR workflow in CS4, but the resulting images didn’t look that great, maybe I just don’t know how to use it. I did auto bracketing on most of the shots so I was hoping I could generate some dope HDR shots. Most of these shots were merged manually with layers and masks with more than 1 shots, but I could’ve easily done the same with a single raw file.