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.
The run last night was great for various reasons. The warm temperatures were just one part of it though. I really like to run in new places and being in San Francisco for the first time in 25 years had me really excited about running. I knew about the steep hills in San Fran and heading up California Street pretty much full-filled a dream of mine. Being up on the hill finally provided me with great views of the city. I actually moved away from California Street to Clay Street for an even better view at the Oakland Bay Bridge. The bridge is beautifully illuminated at night and that mixed with the city lights made for some great night shots. Then I tried running back down towards the port of San Francisco and gosh – it is hard to run down those really steep streets. So, my pace for that evening run was really slow compared to my normal runs, but the level of fun I was having was worth it every second.
My plan for last night was a run to the Golden Gate Bridge. I will write another blog post about that run shortly. This iconic bridge is a must-see when in San Francisco.
Unfortunately Fortunately I do not have a rental for this stay and so I will have to wanted to run over there. I really have to say, fortunately I do not have a rental car on this trip which will provide me with the great opportunity of running to and from the Golden Gate Bridge and other local landmarks. It is a roughly 5.0 mile run (one-way) to the bridge from my hotel which is perfect considering that I am in training for a marathon. Depending on how things go this week I want to do this run twice which will add greatly to my mileage for this week of training. I did bring my camera and a small travel tripod on this trip and I am planning on taking more pictures during my evening runs. I do have to work during the day hours and so it is a bit difficult for me to take pictures during daylight, but night-time pictures are great, too.
Here are some samples of the pictures that I took the day before yesterday and yesterday already. More to come ….