The 13.1 mile course in downtown San Jose.
This is the final picture of me crossing the finish line. I finished my 1st 1/2 marathon!
My sister Leilani and I right after the race with our race medals!
The San Jose 1/2 marathon was my first race, while this was my sister's second 1/2 marathon.
My sister stuck with me throughout the whole race, even though she could have finished the race for a faster time. This is a photo of us at Mile 1, however subtract 10 minutes from the time shown, because we were in Corral #13.
I had been training for this 1/2 marathon since May 2009. In May 2009 I ran my first 5K race (Marin Human Race), in August 2009 I ran my second 5K race (SF Plate to Plate), and in September 2009 I ran my third 5K race (Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Race). When I finished my race I felt so accomplished that I made an executive decision: to celebrate my 25th birthday in March 2010 I will run my first FULL marathon (26.2 miles) in Los Angeles (LA Marathon).