Training update #2 — Preparing for the season, Great Highway SF

February 8, 2007 at 8:25 am | Posted in My current training | Leave a comment

One of the things I want to do in this blog is to let you in on some of the events of training — not just blogging, but providing pictures. I bought a new camera before Christmas just for this — one that is water resistant and shock proof. (A 7 megapixel Olympus Stylus 710 All Weather, if you must know.) The idea will be to take the camera with me on runs and to other events. And I’ve already started — the pictures from the Marina with my running partner Rene were taken with it, as were the pics from the Kick-off.

Nice, huh?

So I also wanted to share with you the other great place I’ve been running to get ready for the season. I’ve been running along the Great Highway in San Francisco along Ocean Beach. It’s a really quick drive from me where I live in the West Portal neighborhood. I park right where Sloat Boulevard ends at Great Highway, and start running north to there up to Golden Gate Park. It’s a beautiful location to sweat and become oxygen deprived.

Here’s the Ocean Beach area, and here’s some views of the beach from that area.




Here are some views running north along the trail. You’ll see at various times you can see the surf, and at times you can.



I started just walking a part, then run walking, and then running the whole way to Golden Gate Park. If you know the park, one of the landmarks on the western side is the windmill. That’s my turnaround spot. It’s 2 1/2 miles, so there and back is five.



And this is a view of the run going back south. Once again, you can see the ocean at times; the rest you see the beautiful colorful ice plants.


It’s a great run. And it has a lot of meaning to me. I had never run 5 miles complete. The first time I did was the weekend before the kickoff. I had built up to it, and felt ready for the upcoming marathon training season.

Now, I ran it v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, but I did run it. The first time I would do walk breaks one every nine minutes. But I cut back the second time, after I had run that amount previously.

I know it sounds crazy, but I didn’t choose to have, and survive, leukemia. I dealt with what I was given. This, however, something very foreign to me (me? an athlete?) is something I’m CHOOSING to do. To choose to do this and succeed is very very empowering.


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