It was a great day for the inaugural Berkeley Half Marathon! The race was a 10K, 10 mile, or a half marathon. I heard that there were over 7,000 participants!

I did the 10K, and it was my very first race ever! I have not posted my bucket list yet, but a half marathon is one of the things I want to accomplish.

The 10K was a great opportunity for me to get a feel of what a race was like. With a foot and leg slightly numb, I am glad I still went for it.

After the first mile, I felt a bit of a problem with the numbness, but I decided to continue with it. I had two water breaks, but didn’t stop.

The last mile for me was the toughest one, and felt quite long! What surprised me the most was that I completed the 10K in less than two hours! I had estimated maybe two-and-a-half hours, possibly even three.

It was a great experience doing this with friends. There were many local residents rooting for us along the way, which was absolutely sweet. There was even a group who serenaded us acapella as well!

After the race, there were plenty of snacks, water, and coconut water for which I was thankful for. I had my bib mailed, so I didn’t get my shirt before the race. The long sleeved shirt was a nice memento of the experience. Each racer also received a medal and also beer from the local brewery, Pyramid Alehouse & Brewery. I didn’t imbibe this time, as I was very happy with my water! HaHa!

I am grateful for completing my very first race, and for this wonderful Santa Fe savory crêpe from the Crepevine with a pot of Earl Grey tea.