March 10, 2004

Inclined Pain

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at March 10, 2004 10:07 AM

I've resolved to run Bay to Breakers in May and the San Francisco Marathon in August (and am now sorely tempted to sign up for Run Against Bush). Of course this means I have some training to do, and in particular I'd better find some hills to run -- my usual route is somewhere between a pancake and Kansas in flatness.

There's a nice big hill directly to the east of me, so I figured I'd just go run over there. I got out a map (foolishly, I did not select a contour map) and plotted a route of reasonable length up the hill and back down, that took me on a trail through a "Hillside Natural Area".

It turns out that where it says "Hillside" it means hillside, and where it indicates a trail it means cliff face. So, having left my rock climbing equipment at home, I was forced to abandon that particular route.

It was all worth it, though, when I came back down the hill, and could look out over the bay to the Golden Gate Bridge, with a view of San Francisco off to the left. I definitely need to include more of that in my training.

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I'm still good for the marathon but my hill training will be parking garages or stadium steps or something.

Posted by: Traveling Dad | March 12, 2004 2:52 AM
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