I felt more prepared going into my long run this week after enjoying each of my runs since that awful long run last week. I left the house armed with an ipod nano full of podcasts, my usual nutritional supplements, a credit card since my end goal was the annual Title Nine blowout sale at Fort Mason, and my bus pass to get home after shopping.
An old San Francisco detective story accompanied me as I ran down my less-traveled side of the park. I enjoyed the quiet trails and different scenery than my usual route. Once I hit the beach I realized my batteries weren’t going to hold up so I switched off the ipod, stuffed it into a pocket and enjoying the sound of the waves. The temperature was perfect for a fall day but the humidity was making it difficult to see through my glasses and my wick-away fabric clothing is fairly useless when it comes to cleaning glasses! I finally found a bit of pant leg that worked so that I could see again. Shortly after the turnaround at Sloat another runner informed me that he’d seen two hawks today, so I spent the next couple of beach miles looking for the birds. I spotted one over the cliffs as I began my climb toward Lands End and the thought distracted me for the whole of the climb. Out of breath, I indulged in a short walk and half my chocolate cliff shot before continuing through Lands End and into Seacliff. Just as my shoulders were beginning to get stiff, the scent of rosemary, jasmine and roses saved me, reminding me to breathe and relax. Running Baker Beach hill was just not going to happen today so I allowed myself a short walk in the middle, looking forward to my favorite trail coming up. I was so disappointed when I actually couldn’t find my favorite trail leading to the bridge because there was so much construction! The Presidio continues to be a mess, with news roads and trails closed or rebuilt every day. I just don’t see how more pavement and easier access to many of these gorgeous, preserved spots is an improvement for anybody! I made it to the bridge via pavement and roadblocks then continued down another (obnoxiously paved) trail to Crissy Field. Here I switched on my ipod again and started a This American Life on Iraq. I was on the home stretch, almost, and just needed to keep going. Luckily I had the wind at my back and my body was feeling pretty good. I ran past my destination and up and over the hill to Aquatic park then back again and looped around the Marina Green to end up at Fort Mason. After a quick bite to eat at Greens to go, I headed in to check out the goods!
The workout: 16.5 mile run
3:11, walking as needed, Ave HR 83 %, mostly ZN 4, only dipping into 5 on hills, 3 on walks, heart rate is dropping faster on rest periods than last week., 1732 calories, 1st long run with new shoes