San Francisco Running

Hello from Northern California! After a few days in sunny, 60 degree weather I’ve pretty much decided that I’m never going back to the East Coast…The weather has been perfect for running and since I’ve been hanging out with two of my best running buddies, I’ve had plenty of company to keep me motivated. We’ve been fueling our running (and walking!) with a ridiculous amount of yummy food. Some of the highlights –

Thursday, Jan 13

First order of business was lunch at The Grove CafeBLT on thick sourdough bread and a mixed green salad.


Followed by a nice easy, 8-mile run with Jacqui through Crissy Field and over the Golden Gate Bridge. The Bridge was covered in fog and we couldn’t see 10 feet in front of us – a very cool experience! Besides some right hamstring tightness and jet lag, I felt good.

(I think the above photo is my favorite from the whole trip!)

Dinner was a huge bowl of vegetarian pho from a hole in the wall Vietnamese restaurant in the mission. Yay, vegetables.

Friday, Jan 14

Run #1 – Morning 3-miler to Fisherman’s Wharf – I wore SHORTS!!! Beautiful, sunny weather.

Post-run snack was a hot chocolate from Blue Bottle Coffee for me and a Gingerbread beer (yes, of the alcoholic variety) for Jacqui. It was 11am. She’s a champ.

For lunch, I dug into mahi mahi fish tacos and beer-battered onion rings from Gott’s Roadside. We are eating REALLY well on this trip 🙂

Run #2 – 4-mile course preview in Golden Gate Park. Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever felt this bad before a run. Must have been the combo of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) from Tuesday’s track workout, jet lag, and all the walking we’ve been doing. Felt a little better once I got moving – GG Park was very foggy and kind of spooky, but the course for Sunday’s cross-country race looks good (albeit a little muddy).

When she found out that Jacqui and I were SF bound, my running pal Sarah recommended Burma Superstar (a very popular Burmese restaurant) and despite the 1.5 hour wait, we couldn’t pass it up. My dining companions and I shared the tea leaf salad and I chose the Nan Gyi Dok (a creamy, coconut chicken curry) as my entree. The meal was unique and delicious, but I can’t believe people wait 2+ hours for this restaurant. We called about 90 minutes before we were ready for dinner and asked that our name/cell phone number be put on the waiting list (they don’t take traditional reservations). Unless you feel like waiting outside for a lonnnng time, calling ahead and giving your name is definitely the way to go.

Saturday, Jan 15

Easy, 3-mile morning run with Ms. Hannah Hastings. We were finally reunited after 4 months apart! Beautiful, sunny weather – we ran along the marina. I had some right hamstring tightness during the run, so it’s a good thing we have a foam roller in our hotel room!

After a run and much-needed showers, we spent the rest of the day exploring Sausalito, drinking local Anchor Steam beer, and eating veggie burgers from Fred’s Coffee Shop.

Have you ever traveled out of town for a race? I want to come back here and run the wine country half marathon!!

  • this looks like SO MUCH FUN, miss megan! i love it. seems like you’ve got good foodie tips and awesome running friends assuring you do all the fun things you love over there! i honestly have felt the same way the times that i’ve visited the bay area. i would *love* to live there, it’s simply a different lifestyle. us east coasters are too damn intense 😉 but that doesn’t mean i don’t want you back!! 😉 rock the race this morning!

  • Looks like so much fun and the food looks awesome. Lucky you to be in some warmer weather!

  • Your picture of the bridge is amazing! Good luck on Sunday! I love to run through Crissy Field and over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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    Kingman!

  • I don’t know how you would want to come back to the East Coast either! I try to do half marathons/marathons out of town – it’s a great way to see places. Heading to Nashville for the country music half in a few months, then Minneapolis for the full in June. Both places I probably wouldn’t visit normally. Enjoy San Fran, and send the warm weather this way 😉

  • Mmmmm your meals look great! I have never run a race out of town, but that half marathon sounds awesome!!!!

  • How fun, Megan! If I ever leave NYC (doubtful), I think I’d want to move there. The food looks amazing and it seems like a fab running town! So glad you’re having a great time – good luck to you and Jacqui at the race!

  • I did the SF Half Marathon that they have in July a few years back. Course was hilly, but weather was perfect and I fell in love with the city. I didn’t want to go home 🙂

    Besides that, I’ve done Vegas (half), Philly (Broad St Run and PDR), DC (Cherry Blossom and MCM) and Chicago (marathon) and I’m sure there will be more…

    Good luck in your race!

  • I don’t often travel for races, mostly because it tends to be expensive, but I would love to more often! Looks like so much fun – I’ve never been to California. Enjoy your trip and good luck on the race!

  • Yup! About a month before graduating from college in 2009, I made a last-minute decision to travel solo down to Nashville for the Country Music Half-Marathon. It was so much fun (local band staged at every mile) and the people were so friendly. Can’t wait to run it again at some point.

    Glad you’re having fun! 🙂

  • Maren

    I would love to be in SF running right now! I ran in 15 degree weather yesterday, yuck!! Have fun today! I totally want to run the wine country half, too!

  • Looks like a fabulous trip! I love SF and am totally jealous!

  • The wine country half is definitely on my to do list too!

  • I have run the Healdsburg Half in wine country (Sonoma)! It DOES make you want to move to California and not come back.

  • It’s too bad Sarah didn’t tell you there are two other locations for Burma Superstar — one is just a 20 minute BART ride under the bay to Oakland, and there is never a wait there…same exact food. Next time you’re in the area, Oakland is worth a visit!

  • Glad you’re loving SF. I considered driving up there for a friend’s party, but would rather spend the long weekend in LA. It’s been almost too warm to run in LA with highs in the low 80s. I’ve never traveled for a race, but manage to get a run in whenever I travel either for work or fun. It’s definitely a nice way to get to know a place or see parts of a city you already knew in a whole new way.

  • Glad you had a great time here in the bay area. If you plan to do Burma Superstar again, do try their Rainbow Salad and Samosa soup, very flavorful and yum! Hope you had a good race. If you had to pick SFO over NYC, would you? Would love to hear your opinion at http://www.crowdhall.com/topics/society-and-culture-living-in-san-francisco-is-better-than-living-in-nyc

  • Ada

    I was just in San Francisco last week, it was such a fun place! I absolutely loved running across the Golden Gate and through Sausalito. Those fish tacos look amazing, I forgot to cross those off my “to-do” list while there. If you get a chance I highly reccomend Bi-Rite Creamery, the ice cream is SO awesome.

  • So much awesome running! What a blast. I’ve never traveled very far for a race… Maybe an hour? I’d love to travel to a warmer place for a winter race.

  • food and weather looks amazing! I am so jealous of your jacket-less wardrobe while it is freezing and overcast here in NYC. I will always remember running along the beach in Santa Monica and how amazingly beautiful it is. I’ve never run a race out of town – not for lack of trying! I had signed up for RNR Mardi Gras in New Orleans but had to cancel last minute because of work. oNe day! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • My boyfriend’s dad lives in Sausalito…LOVE it there! The best place to eat in Sausalito (in my opinion) is Fish. Fantastic sustainable restaurant right on the marina. You order at the counter and can eat on a picnic table next to all the huge sailboats! Have fun!

  • MMM yum! Good luck!!

  • Your pics reminded of the SF Half i did in 2007. Great pics Megan!

  • Omgaaa I love your food pics! Very impressed with your veggie-packed trip!!!

  • I’m so jealous of your trip to San Fran!! It’s on my list of places I’m dying to visit.

    I’m travelling for my first race this March- running the DC Half marathon, and I’m from Orlando. 🙂

  • SO. MUCH. FUN.

    i heart san fran and give you major props for running those hills. and i need to go that burmese restaurant. it looks right up my alley!

  • It was great trip to San Francisco. I also visited this place couple of months ago with my friends and we were enjoying a lot there and also enjoyed plenty of delicious food.
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