I Ran to the Ocean

My goodness. There is no shower that feels better than the one after a long run. All the dirt, sweat, and sunblock being washed away… it’s quite the awesomes.

So yesterday was a complete rest day. Instead, I had Everybody Loves Raymond going most of the day while I worked on some paintings:

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If you haven’t noticed, I love playing with shapes and colors.

Again, my back was hurting because I just get all stooped over the canvas while trying to paint within the lines. Not good… I’m trying to be aware of it to keep it straightish.

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No morning class so I slept in (except a stupid mosquito was buzzing in my ear all night. So not restful, but whatevers.

After hanging out for a bit, I went out for my long run. It is supposed to be later in the week but I don’t know if I’ll be able to fit in in (for some reason, I don’t like driving out to the course to run anymore… now that I can just step outside and jog to the lake).

So first, I ran once around Lake Merced. Then I made my way toward Golden Gate Park, but decided to head west toward the ocean to see if I can get to the Great Highway (Highway 35) where I have run the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon before.

Before I knew it, I was able to see the ocean, the crashing waves, and the strong breeze coming in. It was awesome! There is a very long stretch of sidewalk with gentle rolling hills. It’s quite perfect for training! Actually… all of San Francisco is rolling hills, huh?

I took my first gel around mile 7.60 (because I forgot to take it a little sooner, ha). Then I took my second one around 12.0 miles. It was supposed to be 16 miles but I didn’t calculate my time correctly and I had to be home at a certain time.

So today’s run: 15.15 miles, 2:06:41. The last 0.15 mile was walking to cool down. The pace is around 8:21/mile, but that means I actually went faster because I had to stop at a few lights and the last bit was walking. WAHOO!

But for next time, I will definitely make sure I have enough time to run the whole scheduled long run and then also run a little more slowly in the beginning so that I can have negative splits (I definitely didn’t this time around).

I’m so glad I decided to explore a bit and found that great path along the ocean! That is certainly going to be awesome for long runs.

[Oh, yeah... I went to Golden Gate Park but got kind of nervous about getting too lost because all the trees were so tall (where I was) and everything looked the same. I spent only about 1.5 mile there].

I will DEFINITELY be going back to the Great Highway (Highway 35) to run more of my long runs :D

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Hey.

I cut myself some bangs.

ImageAnd yes. I’m totally showing off my eye-crossing skills. I can cross both eyes AND cross each one separately. It’s pretty much the coolest thing I can do ;)

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Have you ever run along the Great Highway? 

Do you like rolling hills?

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2 responses to “I Ran to the Ocean

  1. If you are going to continue painting, I suggest getting an easel so you don’t strain your back too much.. though might be difficult at first adjusting to painting on a more vertical service, I think it will definitely be worth it in the long run.
    And speaking of long run… holy moly 15 miles on rolling hills. Great job with the running, sister!

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