August 19, 2011 by Danielle
Hello! I thought I posted something this morning before my adventure…but WordPress and I are not friends right now. So take two!
Anyway, I’m going out of town this weekend, so I decided to get my long run of the out of the way on today. Which meant I had to get up early. Really early. Like 4:40 AM early. After stumbling out of bed and getting ready (I had every so craftily set out my granola bar the night before-I’ll share the recipe next week!), I made sure I was ready to go.
Headlamp check! Okay, I didn’t run with the headlamp, but I did take my mace (seriously, things can get dicey) and my phone along as well as some CHOMPS and GU. Regardless, thumbs-ups are always appropriate.
After pumping myself up, I set out to get in 17 miles before breakfast (and work eeek!). Reviewing that sentence makes me think that this run officially marks the beginning of my descent into madness. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to document some early morning sights and sounds along the way…so let’s get going!
My first stop was Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill. If you’re ever in San Francisco I recommend checking it out, as it’s a really pretty church and open to all-even if you want to just walk around. Even cooler-they hold free yoga!
After getting lost in the Haight (yes I still get lost in the city after three years of living here), I made it into Golden Gate Park, which is full of fun (and educational) destinations like the Conservatory of Flowers, the DeYoung Museum and the California Academy of Sciences, which hosts a really fun NightLife event every week where you get to party with the animals…I’m serious. There’s a DJ, cocktails and science exhibits. Can’t get much better than that.
After taking in the park, I headed towards “The Bridge”.
Luckily there were signs along the way so I didn’t have another directional mishap like I had earlier. I wound through the Presidio (a favorite!) until I got to the Golden Gate Bridge..which you could just see through the fog.
I made it across the bridge and into another county…Beautiful Marin.
After crossing the bridge and making it back into the city, I hit the final leg of my morning tour and passed by the Palace of Fine Arts and…
THE ROCK. Better known as Alcatraz. I promise, it’s in there somewhere, it was just really foggy this morning. After one minor (okay major) bathroom emergency (TMI?) I made it home with my fastest long run splits yet! Definitely a thumbs-up worthy moment, which I couldn’t bask in too long because I had to get to the office.
I’ll share my run splits with you later, but this was a fun and different way to start the weekend. Plus, my hardest run is out of the way… even though walking through the office right now is a bit of a challenge)
Do you ever go “run touring”? What’s the earliest you’ve ever fit in a workout?
HAPPY FRIDAY everyone! Have a great weekend.