Nike Women’s Half Marathon

Last year, Finish Line and Nike Track Club invited me to Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco but I couldn’t make it since I was in South Korea for work. Fortunately, stars aligned this time around and I was able to take a few days to run in my very first Nike Women’s Half Marathon!

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The weekend was jam-packed with activities, many new and familiar faces and of course, the race itself. I wasn’t sure what to expect although I knew I wanted to connect with some of my running friends from Instagram who I rarely get to spend time with.

Fleet Feet Sports Grand Opening with Concrete Runners

Concrete take over! #werunSF @fleetfeetsf #fleetfeetSF #concreterunners

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Friday night, I threw on my favorite outfit combo: sneaks and a dress, to attend Fleet Feet Sport’s grand opening. There, I had the pleasure of meeting many of the Concrete Runner ladies and even had a chance to hear distance runner Jordan Hasay‘s story.

Saturday Brunch and Dinner with Finish Line


(Photo credit: Ashleigh)

As my special prize for winning an #EpicFinish, I was invited to an exclusive brunch with Finish Line and their FNL ladies. It was a great opportunity and I was most excited about getting to chat with the Finish Line crew and getting to know them better. To my surprise, I also received two gifts upon arrival: one was my race kit which included my bib, sponsor freebies, event earrings and a personalized race day tank. The second was a Nike gym bag that contained a Nike Tech Fleece Vest, leggings, white Roshes and a pair of LunarGlide 7s. It was an unexpected icing on the cake. The brunch was a blast and the ladies were very friendly. They welcomed me openly and I felt like I was part of the group. Thank you Marissa, Stefanie, Andy, Ashleigh, Evann and Angela for an epic Saturday.

The Race

As with every race, it’s always my goal to finish. But for this one in particular, I wanted to finish alongside my Seattle-based sole sister, Susie Kim. This was her first half marathon (and first official race at this distance!) and I wanted to be by her side the whole way, start to finish. Prior to the event the longest distance she ran was nearly seven miles. Words can’t even express how proud I am of her for finishing and even hitting her goal of sub 2:35. Despite all the struggle, she persevered and crossed the finish line at 2:28:24. I powered through the last stretch so I could finish before her (2:28:01) and cheer her on as she crossed that finish line.

Because of her, I survived my first half. I was starting to get delirious around my 7 (which is the farthest I’ve ever ran prior to this half) and she kept me going. She paced and coached me through the WHOLE run! I’m so blessed to have a friend like her by my side. My sole sister, my half marathon guardian, and an absolute gem! Thank you SO much for staying right by my side, feeding me nunn, and guiding me throughout the race. #journeyto13point1 #NWHM #WeRunSF #nikewomenshalf #nikeplus #nikefuel #nike #nikewomen #nikerunning #niketraining #NRC #hittingthepavement #rackingmiles #six02moment #girlswhorun #betterforit #justdoit #seeSUSIE #firsthalfmarathon #WeRunSEA #instarunners #worldrunners #runselfie #FNLfit #epicfinish #fitoutfit #FNLrunsSF #beatsbydre2 #beatsbydrewireless #solesister

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The weekend turned out amazing. Now I understand what all the hype is about. I could care less about the Tiffany necklace. What really made this trip was the gorgeous race course and all the strong women I had the pleasure of meeting and running alongside.


Shout out to all the beautiful ladies who approached me this weekend to say hello. It meant so much, thank you Tara, Julie and Dulce. Hope I can make it out next year! Until then, enjoy more photos from the weekend.

Photos by Nike Women.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

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  • Alaina @ The Simple Peach
    October 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I love this! This race is on my list for sure!

    • Jamaica King
      October 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      You won’t be disappointed. It’s a bit pricey but totally worth! Let me know when you decide to do it and hopefully I’ll see you out there.

  • Susie
    October 30, 2015 at 6:07 am

    ahhh! Love your recap on our amazing weekend. I still can’t thank you enough for being by my side through every mile and continuously pushing me until the end. until the next race ? 사랑해!!!

  • Jessica Arenas
    October 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Lovely blog post! It made me nostalgic! I hope to run this with you and every other beautiful sole sister next year! NWHM 2016?! Take care & hope to RUN into you soon 🙂

  • Lynn Tran
    October 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    This is an amazing run, reading your post brought back all the memories I had in both years 2015 and 2014 of NWHM. The feeling alongside all the women who start at the finish line and fight through their 13 miles together is just amazing. Congrats on your run! Hopefully I can end up running beside you one day!

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