I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll probably say it every time I go to a new city – the absolute best way to explore somewhere that you have never been is to lace up your sneakers at get out there!
I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco for a quick 26 hour stay. My company was hosting a party after a big conference out there, and part of my responsibilities is to coordinate said party, and make sure everything ran smoothly. I was in San Francisco at 11am PST on Wednesday, which meant I was out the door at 4:30am EST that morning. Our party was not until 8pm that night, so I had some time to kill.
I stayed at an awesome hotel just north of the downtown area – the Fairmont Hotel. It was pretty much amazing and I totally lucked out being able to stay there!
I really had only one thing on my list of things that I absolutely had to see while I was in California – the Golden Gate Bridge of course. From my hotel, I walked out and had my mind set on getting a glimpse of it. I had originally planned to just go find it while on my run yesterday, but with a beautiful day on Wednesday, I decided to move it up a day.
I was warned that San Francisco can get quite foggy at the drop of a hat, so I didn’t want to risk it! I set out for quite the challenging walk soon after checking in to my hotel. People aren’t kidding when they say that city is hilly! From my hotel, I walked south to Fisherman’s Wharf. I was bummed that I had just grabbed a bite to eat, as everything sold by the vendors looked amazing. I’m definitely putting that place on my list for next time!
After checking that area out a bit, I headed East to Fort Mason park. On the way down the hills, I was completely jealous of everyone with bicycles – however, once reaching the park, I was glad I didn’t have 2 wheels. People were having to walk their bikes up the incredibly steep hills. It definitely made me chuckle.
From this area, I got great views of both Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge! The fog was just starting to come in, so I am glad that I got there when I did!
I was super happy that the bridge was in (relatively) clear view, but I knew I wanted to be closer. I didn’t have time to go on Wednesday, (I was there to work after all) so I went back to my original plan to see it during my run on Thursday.
When I woke up way too early yesterday (darn you Eastern time zone!) I looked outside to see the entire city blanketed in fog. Good thing I went with my gut on Wednesday! I actually just bummed around for a solid hour, and then knew I needed to get out if I was going to get a run in. Before hitting up the bridge again, I had another stop that I needed to make first….
Being a child of the 90’s, I grew up watching the Tanner family on TGIF, so the Full House – house was a must see for me too! With just a little Google mapping, I found it! Of course, it wasn’t all that big of a deal, but it surely made me smile!
Now, this is the house they used for inside shots – I was unaware of that originally, but once I got to it, I knew it did not have the unmistakable red door, and decided to Google a bit further. I will have to find the other one next time!! After I said goodbye to the Tanners, I headed down to Chrissy Field, which has been recommended to me to have uninterrupted views of the Golden Gate bridge.
On my way there, I went down one helluva hill. Just look at this thing! It was so steep that it was pedestrian only traffic. I felt like I needed stairs to actually go up it – I definitely steered clear of that on the way home
The fog hadn’t cleared up too much, so it was a pretty rough picture, but it was neat to see it in the fog too. It was very mysterious looking – as was Alcatraz! Kinda spooky too!
Once I got my last few of the bridge, I headed back, and stumbled upon a really cool (to me) exercise contraption. It seemed to me pretty much like a play area for adults. It had 7 stations that all took 1 minute a piece, and you could even listen to music while performing the exercises!
Isn’t it so cool!? No need for a gym membership when you can run in a gorgeous place and have a place to workout too!
After I finished up gawking at the exercise playground, I headed back to the hotel in a bit of a run walk fashion. I ran my long run this morning (I may have forgotten about that yesterday when I went on that run) so I didn’t want the hills to pull too much more on my quads and hamstrings. I ran all the flat spots, and walked up the super steep uphill and downhills. I’m not sure how much of a difference it made though – my hips are definitely on fire!
Even though I was there for only a short time, I absolutely fell in love with San Francisco! The weather was awesome (I actually wore long sleeves on my run!), the people were very nice, and it just had such a cool vibe to it! I can not wait to go back in the near future!! Anyone down for Nike Women’s Marathon (or half!!) one of these days !? The correct answer is yes!
So now, I am in the amazing city of Boston. I got here late last night, around midnight. The last time I was here was in 2011 for the Boston Marathon and am so happy to be back. I am here for Healthy Living Summit, my first ever healthy living conference! I am soo pumped for this weekend, and can’t wait to share with you the great things I take away from it! I got back from my long run a bit ago, and am glad to have it out of the way. Meghann joined me for the first 6 miles, and it was soo fun to explore the city on a little running tour with her!