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The Dipsea Stairs

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The Dipsea stairs are somewhat infamous at least in Marin and they are one of my favorite places to do a workout, as well as being connected to the rest of the dip sea trail which is by far my favorite hike.  The stairs are no joke.  It is set after set of stairs.   According to Wikipedia there are 688.  I should count next time.

So, I thought it would be fun to do a little photo set of all the different stairs as I made my way up.  Here is the first section, after the initial few steps there that are pavement, it turns to wood steps that are open between and there is water running below them, it’s really pretty.photo 3-10

 

Once at the top it veers left a bit.

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Then goes up this little stone section which is a bit tedious but really pretty.

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Then you have a section with nicely spaced wooden stairs, the stair spacing changes at each section and some are better than others, I like this part.

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And the last part!!  This part is the best because it has little badges all the way up that have people’s names, dedications, and motivation to make it to the top from the people who helped build this part.  It’s really fun to read while you go up.

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Before the stairs I did a quick little 3 miles just to get loosened up.  I have hardly run at all since the half marathon so I needed to get out there.  Don’t worry about the sideways view, I promise I run upright although all photos taken while running seem to have this same lean…photo 2-12

 

And then a yummy salad with my favorite dressing, I really like olives.  I can never find a salad bowl big enough so I’m always trying weird containers like tupperware to make it fit.  Also made a little garlic bread and had some peach yogurt as “dessert” (the quotes are needed because who am I fooling, that’s not a real dessert).

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Do you have a favorite hike?

Are there any stair sets where you are that everyone trains on?

How much do you run the week after a race? (why is that part not included on my training guides?)

 

 

Rock N Roll SF

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Ok, I am FINALLY writing this post.  I have really had an intense week and was not in the mindset to write this all down.

So on Sunday (April 6), I ran the Rock N Roll SF ( the second year they have done it in SF and I ran it both times).  They changed the course from last year and didn’t post the new course until after I had already signed up.

Dear RNRSF,

That was hands down the hardest course I’ve ever run.  Congratulations on making me completely exhausted/sweaty/sore/want to die all before 8 am.  If you do this same course next year, I will probably not have the strength to sign up.

Sincerely, exhausted runner number 11,000 (cause I think that’s how many people ran)

The picture below was only like mile 5 and it was cold, and I am wearing a tank top and I am completely sweaty (sorry).  Cause it was so hard.  BUT, running in the actual lanes on the bridge was super cool!! I’ve never done that before :).

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Yay! IN the lanes, not on the sidewalk.

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And one more on the bridge, kinda sideways, but trust me this is the best one I had.  At least it’s not blurry.

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Ok, so let’s talk race course.  It started out pretty and innocent enough on Ocean Beach in SF.  Here’s the coast off to the side, nice and misty and calm.  photo 1-12

Here’s the start, super exciting and fun!! (ps, see that guy in the backpack on the left? More on him in a sec)

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So, we ran through the start chute, and a little bit down the road, like 1 or 2 blocks, then turned right into the city.  And there it was.  The start of the hills that would continue for the next 4 miles almost without interruption.  I know this is a horrible picture, but it was 6:30 am and I had been up since 3 am, taking a photo of a hill that was .25 miles into the 13.1 I had to run to get back to my car and go home to put my feet up.  That causes shaky hands and blurry photos.

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This hill was immediately followed by turning left and continuing uphill.  I am not exaggerating, it was almost always uphill for the first 4 miles.  Then more. And more.

Ok, so let’s talk about that backpack guy.  He ran, I assume, the whole thing wearing that.  I say I assume, because unfortunately for my confidence, he proceeded to kick my butt and I never saw him again.  I don’t know how he did it, but I think he should automatically win some kind of prize.

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After the bridge, we had a merciful, but short, downhill to the waterfront and then a fairly flat section.  Here is the beautiful sun rising, which was beautiful except that I didn’t have sunglasses and we ran towards it for a couple miles.  I looked at my feet a lot.

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After the flat section, we again had to run uphill on and off for the last 2 miles.  That wasn’t very nice.  And at this point, I had lost all strength to take photos.  I left that baby in my pocket and focused on not dying.  I also got 2 killer side aches during this section.  After finishing, I grabbed the closest food and beverages I could, found a shady spot and sat.  I did have one exciting new discovery.  Post-Run Cheez-its are totally awesome and hit the spot.  Who knew?  I almost didn’t take them when they were handed to me.  So happy I did.

And of course what is the breakfast of champions after a half marathon?  A burrito bowl of course!! Kind of weird getting this at 9:30, but really since I had been up at 3, it was practically dinner time.  I didn’t let that stop me from eating 3 more meals though 🙂  (Not pictured, the fact that this was being eaten a cozy blanket with my feet up and watching tv, or the bag of tortilla chips I put to shame).

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Of course, as always after a race, I was excited and happy and proud I did it and am looking forward to the next one and always toying with the idea of running a full marathon. But wow, that was a tough little race course!

The Day Before the Race

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The day before a race is always fun.  There’s an expo to go to, an excuse to be lazy, carbs to eat, etc.

Usually the day before I do a quick little run, something fast, about 2 miles, to just loosen up my legs.  I went to the track on Friday night though, and did striders (lengthening your stride and having a bit of a quick pace), so I felt like I shouldn’t do more on Saturday.  So I just took it easy!  I also have read several times that since no one sleeps well the night before a race, you’re supposed to sleep as much as possible the night before to help be rested.  So I think I slept like 10 or 11 hours on Friday night and it was amazing.

I went to the expo on Saturday with my friend Alison and we took some silly pictures.  To spare you from all of them, I just picked my 2 favorite silly pictures.

Here I am as Godzilla climbing the Transamerica building.   photo 2-9

And here we are racing through the streets of San Francisco! photo 1-10

And one normal one, that shows the crazy course we would take for 13.1 miles!!  I have to admit, it was really hard.  But I’ll write all about the actual race tomorrow.

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I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat for dinner on Saturday night because I know that’s important.  I kept thinking I would make the standard simple pasta type deal, but it just wasn’t sounding good!  Alison suggested a veggie burger and at first I thought that was a bad idea.  But, as it turned out I couldn’t think of anything else that sounded good so I went for it!  I seriously love The Counter.  They have such good burgers. Oh and I got a side of regular fries, because of course potatoes are a great carb source!

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After this it was time to relax, and go to bed as early as possible for my 3 am wake up call!!  Off to the races!

I Guess I Better Carbo Load!

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What better way to eat carbs than an insanely good dinner out at one of my favorite Italian restaurants.  I finally remembered to take a photo of how happy food makes me before I have demolished what’s been put in front of me, and even of the food before I scarfed it!!  (Not pictured, the 2 baskets of warm bread that we ate through, yes that makes 1 complete basket each, they came with yummy dipping sauce and we had to put burrata on it obviously, so it was out of our hands!)  photo 4-5

Check this tomato out!  I mean could it be any more beautiful?  It is a 4 hour tomato, meaning that is how long they cooked it.  It’s on top of pesto, burrata, and olive oil, and of course was promptly smothered over the top of some warm bread.

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As crazy amazing as that tomato combo was, this gnocchi was actually the best.  It was the perfect consistency and they sautéed it, you could see the lightly browned edges.  I’ve never heard of doing that, and it was amazing.  Once again I just really want to try making gnocchi from scratch I just love it so much.photo 2-8

Sorry salad.  By yourself you would’ve been great, made of local baby gems which I love, parmesan, and homemade croutons, but when eaten in conjunction with the above amazingness, you were quite outplayed.  It’s not your fault, you had no chance!

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I’ve had a really busy and stressful week and I am so excited to go join my fellow runners for a fun half marathon adventure through the city this weekend, and sleep a lot.

What’s your favorite Italian meal?

Ever slow cooked a tomato?  It’s on my TBCBK list ( to be cooked by Kari list 🙂 )

Taper Week

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In honor of having just watched the last episode of The Walking Dead, this is quite hilarious.  (Yes I love that show, no judgement).  I love Brooks, they are so creative and funny!

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It’s my taper week before the Rock n’ Roll SF half this Sunday.  So I am being very lazy and eating lots of carbs.  It’s my favorite week.  I didn’t run at all Monday or Tuesday, and ran a really slow 4 miles last night.  I have so much more time without planning out and doing runs!  Also it creates less laundry and I don’t have to worry about what I eat before running possibly hurting my tummy, so I can eat everything all the time!  There’s lots of perks!  But, I also wouldn’t stop running for anything.  It’s my favorite thing ever.

I am getting very excited about the expo this weekend.  I am going with a friend of mine because I told her there’s free samples and we would go to lunch after, and who doesn’t love free stuff and lunch?  I mean I have to go out to lunch to get all my carbs obviously.

What do you eat before a race?  The day before? The morning of?  I always struggle with exactly the right combo.

13 Miler, Plus 4 More

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I feel it is important to note that our kitten is so smart that she watched (and cheered) as Belt hit and scored his very important home run in tonight’s game.  She’s a huge giants fan.

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I had a crazy day of outdoor activity yesterday.  Possibly too much since I’m still exhausted.  I ran 13.17 miles in the morning (I really wanted to get that .1 in there for half marathon training purposes).  I took it really easy, and even stopped a couple times at water fountains to grab a drink and a quick stretch.  I ran from around 10-12, because I still don’t know how to run first thing before it’s hot out.  So I needed those breaks to hydrate and cool down.  I also made it a slow pace run because I am still just monitoring my left leg, it’s just had a few weird things goin on lately.

I only had a banana, some chews, and coffee before, as well as 2 gels along the route so I was starving when I got back (I am currently obsessed with Honey Stinger products so I used all their stuff for the chews and gels).  When I was back I made an egg and cheese bagel with some leftover pico de gallo, which was a rad extra, as well as a chocolate milk.  I could have had much more, but I knew I had other plans involving food to follow shortly….

We met up with a friend for a hike/picnic.  This was what made me clearly an insane person.  Who agrees to go hiking after running 13 miles?  Well…. me.  So add another 4 miles to that original 13 for total distance.  We went to Tennessee Valley and packed sandwiches, snacks, and a water bottle of wine because we felt festive.  Here we are about to head back after.

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This is really the most important, the view including the food.  As usual, I think awesome food tastes even more amazing when eaten in a cool place.  Also I think it’s important to point out that those bbq chips went ON my sandwich.  This is something I have always done, and always will do.  It is the absolute best way to eat a sandwich.

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And just one more view shot.  We also saw dolphins, though I am not fast enough to have gotten a shot of them, I’ll work on my photog speed skills.

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How was your long run/race this weekend?

What’s a funny eating tradition you have?  Do you eat chips on your sandwich?

Long Run Podcast and Prep

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Since I’ve got my long run on my mind, I thought I would talk about what I do to help get me through long runs.  I like to listen to Podcasts because then you get to listen to more like a story or a show while you’re out which can be more entertaining.  There are all types out there, I personally like a few morning shows, which I don’t get to listen to normally, so I subscribe to their podcasts and listen while I run.  They talk about news, and celebrities, nothing too thought provoking, but entertaining while running.  Here’s an example of one that I like a lot, probably my favorite:

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That morning show also does a “secret show” which is a podcast you can subscribe to, but it is for 18 or older and so you can assume the content is different.  It is also entertaining, but isn’t for everyone.

The other thing I really like about my iPod is that it plays the radio!!  That way when I’m sick of my music or don’t feel like a podcast, I can just see what’s on.

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In preparation for this morning’s long run, I made this very simple rice for dinner.  It was good, but the goal for a regular dinner is really to add stuff to it, which I didn’t do.  So it was a little boring but perfect for a pre-long runphoto

It looked like this:

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 Here’s what I’m having before I head out.

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Are you doing a long run today?  How far?  Have fun!!