Today was my official first day of vacation and it was a gorgeous (but cold!) day in San Francisco so I took my run to the track!
I picked a great time to go because a lot of people have fled the city for the holidays and it was virtually empty at Kezar Stadium. Did you know Kezar is the former home of the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders? It's crazy to think of those major sports teams playing at such a small field, but I bet it was amazing to see your team play in such an intimate setting.
My training plan had me doing 3 slow miles (targeting 10:10 - 10:40 pace) and then do 3 burst of 20-second sprints with 2-minute slow running breaks in between. I have to say it has been a LONG time since I've run at a track and even longer since I tried to sprint. When you run in a city, it's really difficult to run full speed on sidewalks. Maybe that's why it was hard for me to maintain the assigned pace. I felt like a dog let out of its cage for the first time after its owner gets home from work.
There were a couple of serious looking runners doing warmups and sprints on one half of the track and I started to get a case of Imposter Syndrome. Then I got mad at myself for feeling intimated because I had every bit as much right to be there as them. I really believe if you aren't doing uncomfortable things in life then you won't accomplish those tough goals.
Three blips on the pace chart. On the final one I hit 4:10 -- let's see if I can bring that down as I do more track work leading up to RNR SF Half!!
Isn't it funny how maintaining a slow pace can feel so much harder sometimes? I had to keep checking my watch to make sure I wasn't speeding up. It felt good to check todays' training off the list early in the morning before the rest of the family was stirring.
This poor little hummingbird was caught in the stairwell so I managed to lift the window and it eventually flew out. I did a little cheer when it sped through the opening back out to freedom!
Last night we did our annual holiday lights drive around! Every year we get hot chocolate, listen to carols, and drive around looking at all the decorations. It's one of my favorite things to do. We all wear comfy clothes too right down to house slippers!
The Palace of Fine Arts sure looked lovely all lit up and reflected against the pool of water.
Japantown got into the holiday spirit!
Earlier in the day I took the boys to a park to run them like labradors. My pictures are all out of order but I'm too tired to reorder them :)
The view was unreal. Well done, San Francisco.
I wanted to feed the kids asap and get ahead of any hunger-related meltdowns. One of our favorite hole in the wall restaurants is Tony's Cable Car Restaurant. It's been around as long as I can remember. It's really basic food but it's cheap and it's good and the workers keep the restaurant clean. We got a hot dog for the boys to split (they are huge) and some fries. I let them reverse-eat their foods so ice cream came before the hot stuff because I didn't want the soft serve to melt.
I didn't hear any complaining!!
I can relate, shark. I feel you.
Tomorrow I want to get some strength in and maybe another run. I still need to wrap up the holiday shopping for our family and bake cookies with the kids for Santa. We decided snickerdoodles will be his favorite ;)
Do you find it harder to run slowly vs quickly?
For you more experienced runners, is there any kind of etiquette I should abide by when running on a track?
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