I want to start off by saying that San Francisco is now my favorite city. I absolutely loved it. I loved the feel, the architecture and just the overall experience that I had there……I would have stayed forever if I could afford it.
We drove up from Los Angeles on Friday and decided to take the scenic route, unfortunately half of it was closed due to all the rain, so we had to head to Monterey to catch the Pacific Coast Highway. Once we hit the Pacific Coast Highway we backtracked about 30 minutes to see the iconic Bixby Bridge. The view was absolutely amazing.
After the Bixby Bridge we took the Pacific Coast Highway up to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Unfortunately, this town was way overrated. Basically they had a big, cheesy carnival on a boardwalk. We ended up just grabbing lunch and heading up to San Francisco!
We arrived in San Francisco around 4:30 pm (we left at 4 am). I initially grossly underestimated their hills. The city starts off on a gradual incline that greatly increases to a steep incline. It is pretty crazy. After we checked into out hotel we headed out to check out the city and take some pictures. The pictures don’t do the hills justice. It was crazy.
We headed to dinner and then went back to the hotel. It had been a long exhausting day and I was ready for bed by 9:00 pm. to bed. It had been a long day and I needed rest. I had signed up to do a shakeout run Saturday morning with Dean Karnazes, but I knew at this point I needed my rest more than the shakeout run, so I went to sleep and set no alarms.
Saturday morning I actually woke up around 7 am. I debated the shakeout run, but I really would have been limited on time so I decided it was best just to laze around. Chris and I decided to buy a passes to the Big Red Bus. You can hop on and hop off at any time so it worked as a tour and as a taxi. Lucky for us two of the stops were right near our hotel. We hopped on at around 10 am.
Chris got off after a few stops to go to the baseball game, but Abigail and I stayed on for the entire tour.
This was a double decker bus and we were lucky enough to spend the entire tour on the upper deck utilizing headphones to hear the tour guide. It was a great way to see the entire city and to learn more about it’s history. The only downside was that a 2 hour 20 minute tour turned into a 3 hour 30 minute tour because of traffic. I had wanted to attend the We Run Social meet up at the expo, but ended up missing it because the tour ran over and I got off the bus too early thinking the expo was closer. Abby and I ended up having to walk about 2 miles to the expo.
We arrived at the expo around 3 pm. The packet and shirt pickup was well organized and took no time at all. After I got my packet I headed over to the Pro Compression booth. I was hoping to meet my virtual friend Brian from Pavement Runner. Lucky for me he was still hanging around.
Abby and I took some pictures
and then headed out to meet up with Chris. We took the Big Red Bus back to the hotel and then headed to dinner. My goal was to be in bed by 9pm, so after dinner we headed right back to the hotel. I prepped everything I needed for the race the next morning, set my alarm for 4:30 am and hit the sack.
Stay tuned for part 2: Race Day.