This last week I was in San Francisco, California on business for my employer. Wednesday night after work and after having a quick dinner I left the hotel on my quest to run to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I have been to San Francisco before, but that was 25 years ago and I was eager to see the Golden Gate Bridge again. This run would be the only way for me to get there because I did not have a rental car for this stay and I did not want to waste money on a taxi. As a runner I find it is awesome to be able to simply lace up and run to where I want to be. The distance from the hotel to the Golden Gate Bridge was roughly 5 miles one-way and so this would be a great 10 mile training run as part of my marathon training. Well, what I did not know was that this run would turn into some kind of adventure where I almost got into trouble with the police, but somehow got spared by accident. Read on to hear what happened. [Read more…]
Hello from San Francisco in California. I flew into town being on business yesterday morning. The day before yesterday I was still in Denver and went for an early morning run. It had snowed the night before, but really just enough to be a dusting. Streets were wet and icy in areas; temperatures had dropped into the mid 20s and I was really looking forward to be in California. The weather forecast would make you jealous. Who would complain about 60 degree temperatures and sunshine in the middle of January – I know I would not. Here in San Francisco I went for a run on the first night and it was really nice outside. I ran and power-hiked up on California Street which was close to the hotel where I am staying. California Street is extremely steep when coming from the Financial District/China Town and while I feel well trained and run a lot of hills back home, that type of incline got the best of me on the upper sections and so I switched from running to power-hiking for the last two blocks. [Read more…]
I am in the middle of marathon training and long runs are a major part of it. We’re also in the middle of Winter and so I have to watch the weather forecast a bit more closely, but also plan the runs in more detail. Last year on one of my long runs in Winter it was so !@#$ cold that the Gatorade in my bottles froze while I was running and I had to stop at a McDonald’s to use their electric hand dryer machine to get the Gatorade back into a fluid state. While weather is important for your long run, there are several other things I do to prepare for my runs.