Not going to lie, I had high expectations for this weekend. And it turned out to be… even better than I expected!
Saturday morning I was finally participating in something I’ve been wanting to for a long time: hiking in Marin! I met up with Talia bright and early and we headed up to hike part of the Dipsea trail that runs from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. (It’s also a famous footrace which, after hiking, leaves me 1. Convinced that anyone who attempts that race or God forbid the Double Dipsea is crazy and 2. Really wanting to do it.)
The beginning of the trail was up, up, and UP! It’s funny how non-runners assume marathoners are in tip-top shape. Maybe we are in a certain way, but damn, walking up these hills at 2 miles per hour took the wind right out of me! But at least it was beautiful.
I had a great time just hanging out with Tali. Ironically, it was beautiful weather in the city, but foggy as hell in the headlands. We slogged our way to the top of the hill that offers vast, breathtaking views of the pacific and saw… this!
Yup. Pretty awesome. Reminds me of these people who I met in the Swiss Alps who had hiked thousands of feet up an alp just to see the same view as above and then turned back down.
I’m looking forward to seeing the view… someday!
We kept heading towards Stinson but it was really wet and got so muddy we were both literally slipping and sliding around so we headed back. All together it was a 6 mile hike and great cross training. I devoured a peanut butter and jelly (with our homemade jam we had just made!) and then we stopped by the Dipsea Café for coffee (for Talia) and a hot chocolate and biscuit (for me). I think our homemade jam is better than theirs.
Next on the agenda was the San Francisco Street Food Festival. Apparently, 60 vendors from restaurants and food trucks alike came out to Folsom Street in the Mission to sell drinks, little bites (tastes for $2-3) and “bigger bites” ($6-8). I went to get good content for the blog but all my pictures came up craptastically. I ran into Alligator who has been mentioned on the blog a few times and he so kindly paused whatever he was doing often to aid in my photography or jostling of cameras and food, but alas: crappy pictures.
I am more than ever fully convinced I need a new digital camera. One can not blog on iPhone alone. Next paycheck…
Anyway, at the food fest, I had a small Thai iced tea, a little bite of fried yucca, and a bigger bite of Ethiopian food. Which I LOVE, but this was only okay.
I wanted to get the sweet potato pancake or the funnel cake or the ice cream, but I held out because I thought I’d regret it. I regret NOT getting those! A la The Last Crusade, I chose poorly.
Regardless, it was fun times anyway. Sunday brought a 5am wake up call (BARF!) but it ended up being totally worth it! I got picked up so kindly by Katie and Alisyn (from whom I lovingly borrowed these two pics) and we headed to Tiburon for Sunday Runday organized by Layla!
When the three of us arrived, we found Layla and Karin and set out for a four-mile warm-up jog. Then we hooked up with Naomi, RoadBunner, and Alyssa to run some more! People had asked me how many miles I wanted to do and I had said I didn’t know… I hadn’t even run 7 miles in the 3 weeks since SFM and had been feeling so off. But I did another 8 miles with a few of the girls for a total of 12.2 miles. I’ll take it! It was good to get some miles in but the best part was just having fun and getting to know a lot of these women better, I’m so glad I’ve gotten the chance to meet them all! Definitely has made life in SF so much better.
Something else that has made life in SF so much better: Genki Ramen.
The weekend came to a fab conclusion when I met Alyssa, Sandra and Cate for ramen. I choose poorly again, “branching out” to a rice plate instead of the caldron of ramen, but still. Delicious.
And we went to the candy store after.
Overall, a great weekend! This week is shaping up pretty crazy…
- Wednesday: work Company Culture event and GrubWithUs dinner
- Thursday: big meetings and Giants game!
- Friday: Giants game again?
- Saturday: Giant Race! Yes, I think I am running a half marathon this weekend. Word.
Okay, it’s past my bedtime. Goodnight everyone!
What was a highlight of your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?