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4 miles & the Golden Gate Bridge

8 Sep

Ran to Spreckels Lake again, but instead of stopped at the south side, I went all of the way around. It was getting dark, the fog was rolling in, and apparently there’s a turtle sculpture sticking out of the middle of the lake that scared the bejesus out of me. I am never going on a run that late again… trapped in Golden Gate Park after sunset? No thanks. It pretty much turns into the Forbidden Forest.

On Labor Day, we got up bright and early for a bike ride to Sausalito.

It was only about 10 miles and the ride there, save for a major hill in the Presidio, was beautiful. We made it to our destination in about an hour. The best part was that I finally got to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge!

Lily on her bike.

When we got to Marin, it was way warmer. There are a lot of beautiful houses there, and the waterfront is filled with cute little shops. We stopped for a cup of coffee and Peter got some bomb guava cheesecake ice cream from a Hawaiian ice cream parlor.

Our ride TO Sausalito was lovely, and on our way back we definitely paid for it. It was allllll uphill until we hit the Golden Gate – I probably would’ve made it there faster on foot. Plus, I’d stupidly decided to wear hi-tops, which were chafing against my skin and giving me a blister.

At least the view was worth it.

One hellish ride later, we made it back home. Even though I did nearly fall over in the shower afterwards, my legs muscles were surprisingly not too sore the next day. I’m super glad I did it, but I think I’ll wait a while before a repeat performance.

3 Miles & THE WIGGLE

1 Sep

1) 3 miles! done and done!

2) My friend recently gave me the scoop on THE WIGGLE. Apparently, there exists a path that bypasses the monstrous hills of my neighborhood and shuttles you safely to Downtown. Sweet! There are usually a lot of other people using it, it is painted green on some parts, and there is even a protected left turn, so I feel safe going on it.

The first day after I learned about the Wiggle, Lily and I used it to get back from a visit to Paulette in Hayes Valley [after I got us lost a few times, naturally]. The second day, I decided to commute to the BART station for work. The third day, we rode all the way to Mission and got some yummy burritos and a Brooklyn egg cream.

And then I was ready to take a break from the Wiggle. I have yet to return to it, but I’m planning on commuting at least a few more times while it’s still moderately nice outside.

Outside Lands & 2 Miles

19 Aug

Al Green

Golden Gate Park was temporarily overtaken over the weekend by Al Green and Outside Lands so I went biking instead.

I wanted to try biking to the nearest BART station so I could potentially save $4 on my twice-a-week commute to Berkeley. Van Ness is located a mere 5 miles away from my house, but unfortunately the maps I used did not include changes in elevation. I tried out this SF Bike Map and rode through the Panhandle, which was actually a beautiful ride. The problem arose when I got to Oak Street, one of the hilliest and busiest streets in SF with nary a bike lane in sight. Zooming down a hill with my coat tails hitting parked cars on my right and moving cars on my left was traumatic. To top things off, I had only looked up directions TO the station, which took me down a series of one-way streets I couldn’t go home on. I ended up calling my housemate Jiah for directions and riding up the Mother of All Hills (Fulton Street near Alamo Square) to get back to Outer Sunset. I think next time I’ll try 511’s Bike Mapper and give my calves a break.

Today I tried for 3 miles but my run got cut short since Golden Gate Park was still recovering from Outside Lands and the clean-up crews were everywhere. For one reason or another, the westbound run is always harder for me, maybe because there aren’t as many sights to see along the way. I started getting cramps halfway through but remembered the article I had read and began taking deeper breathes, making sure to flex my stomach every time I inhaled.

When I got home, I cooked up my mom’s ketchup rice & egg dish.

Everything tastes better when my mom makes it.

My mom told me about the egg recall but our local market sells Petaluma Farms so I am thankfully in the clear.

Miles: 2.5

13 Aug

After an unexpected two week break from running, I’m back. I’m also incredibly behind schedule and still feeling a bit congested, but at least I got out of the house.

Yesterday, I bumped into my housemate Devin as he was on his way back from a run from the beach. When I commented on the fact that he had run a really long distance, he said, “It’s easy when you’re listening to Harry Potter.”

Taking a cue from him, I took the only thing resembling a narrative that I had and listened to This American Life on my run. It was a recent episode called “Promised Land” and started with Ira Glass singing a Disney-esque song to kick off the show… very interesting. I don’t know if it pushed me to run any further, but “Listen to This American Life” is one of those things that perpetually remain on my to-do list without actually getting done, so I’m glad that I found a way to multi-task.

Ira is a fox.

Miles: 3

3 Aug

I was supposed to go on my run with a housemate, but it ended up not happening once I found out that his wake-up time on weekends is usually around 2PM.

This time, I went west and headed towards the beach. The roads were pretty much deserted save for a few other runners and a horse. Despite taking deep breathes to prevent side cramps, I still got struck down by abdominal cramps and had to take a break at the halfway point by Spreckles Lake. The day was overcast as always and a few people were floating their miniature boats on the water. After resting for 5 minutes, I felt a lot better and was able to finish the run back home. Upping my distance by a mile didn’t turn out to be that big of a big deal so I’m not too anxious about pushing myself a bit further.

I’ve been trying to be healthier about what I eat, but I happen to live with a enthusiastic cook so this is what I had for lunch.

Baked macaroni with smoked gouda & monterey jack and stewed tomatoes

I think I’m coming down with something so I’m putting off my next 3 miles until I feel better. Also, my housemate Daniella was the one who came up with this blog’s new name. We were originally planning to go with Kilometers Davis but decided that unless I only listened to jazz on my runs or the marathon was actually taking place in Davis, it was a tenuous link.

Miles: 2

29 Jul

I was trying to shoot for 2.5 miles today but my side started cramping on the way back so I ended up cutting my run short. The day was unexpectedly sunny and warm so I was dying in my long-sleeves and pants. I kept to the museum course I ran two days ago with a minor detour to Stow Lake, where there were people paddling around in the lake boats; definitely something to consider for cross training…

Afterwards I went straight to the market to pick up some fruit. I’d kept my money in the little zippy pocket at the back of my pants, so it was gross and damp when I pulled it out to hand over to the cashier. Never again.

shopping by color

I’d read somewhere that it’s important to eat right after a run to gain back energy, so I had a brunch of 1 egg, a nectarine w/ vanilla yogurt, bread w/ jam & honey, and a cuppa Earl Grey.

After a jaunt to Ocean Beach, I came home and iced my knees while watching Friends.

My next planned run is this Sunday for 3 miles. The last time I ran that long of a distance was for a 5K around the UC Berkeley campus, and I barely made it out alive. We’ll see how I do!

Miles: 2

26 Jul

Miles ran: 2

Since the training schedule I’m following is tailored for 12 weeks and I have 14 before Nov. 7, I decided to start running this week to get back into shape.

The goods:

Mizuno Wave Alchemy 9

I bought these at Transports in Berkeley. Really good service… the saleslady asked me to walk across the length of the store barefoot and then told me that these shoes would be good for me since I have a relatively low arch and need more stability. They’re very lightweight and have been kind to my feet so far.

Today I left the house at 10AM and ran to the Academy of Sciences/De Young and back. The weather was gloomy as always and I had to wear long pants plus a sweater since it was only about 50 degrees. The park was full of families and tourists; thank goodness there weren’t that many other joggers to share the road with due to it being a Monday. The pedestrian path to the Academy is asphalt, but my left knee started to feel sore after the first mile – I’m not sure if it has something to do with my dark bass drum-carrying past in my high school’s drumline.

I felt pretty good after the run and not too after breath. For breakfast I made myself a green smoothie with:

spinach
2 celery stalks
ginger
1/2 lime
water

I thought the ginger would salvage the whole thing but it still tasted decidedly not-yummy. Next time I’ll probably add more fruits to make it sweeter.

Later tonight I’m going to Yoga to the People with my housemates. It’ll be my first time at the San Francisco studio, I hope I like it as much as Berkeley’s.