Tuesday, November 18, 2008

pack your party shoes...

i'm throwing an engagement party for my best friend from high school in san francisco at the wine jar this weekend. i'm quite excited about our little getaway. the party should be a blast and my best friend finally gets to meet james. THEN, i will wake up post wine-jar and run 20 miles, with some serious chunks at race pace. luckily, my pacer james has agreed to partake, maybe even for the whole thing? right james?


so, i'm asking for some assistance here. have pity on my soon-to-be-hungover soul (i can't remember the last time i had more than 2 glasses of wine, but around my good old friends i tend to pretend like it is old times and i can drink my face off.) HERE'S THE QUESTION: anyone have a good 20-miler in the city of san francisco? i'm thinking of starting in pacific heights (where we're staying), heading towards golden gate park, up through the presidio, over golden gate bridge into marin and back along chrissie field/the marina.


i just really don't know what streets/trails are good or bad, or if you can keep running once you get over the gg bridge (or are you like on the highway or something?). so, if you have any ideas or running maps or experience or what NOT to do, please let me know! i may be in a bit of a fog after saturday and need all the hand-holding and pre-planning i can get to avoid any mid run meltdowns...i think if i can pull off a good enough route that doesn't circle back to the starting point until we're done, i can really screw james into running the whole thing with me.

18 comments:

Sue said...

give my good friend Jun a call/email. He is in my facebook contacts and lives in San Francisco and I am sure he can help. He is a big runner, biker, swimmer guy and super nice...

kerrie said...

my only suggestion is do the run the day before the party!!! i would not want to attempt that hungover....lol. if you do, have j be the official videographer of the run ;)

SixTwoThree said...

Here's an idea. Go to the Nike Women's Marathon web site and download the course map. Just don't do it!! Do part of it. I remember this long, gorgeous stretch around the 16-17 mile mark that was near the ocean and amazing. The course was deceptively hilly - 6,200 feet of climbing on my Garmin. The course map doesn't do it justice. At least maybe you can use part of it? Food for thought.

Mark said...

Sounds like trouble...

stronger said...

That area has some of the best running! When you get to the parking lot at the North end of the bridge, go up the stairs and there is another set of stairs down to the west parking lot where you can pick up the Coastal Trail.

JMoTriBella said...

Have fun this weekend Beth! I haven't done a 20 miler in SF, but I had a great 10-miler the morning that Pat did Alcatraz. Ran from Fisherman's Wharf over the bridge and back. That was around 10 miles. I like Strongers idea of doing the Coastal Trail. If I had more mileage to do that day, that would've been my plan.

Enjoy the run. I took my camera w/ me and took dorky pics of me on the bridge while I was running. I'm easily amused.

D a v e P said...

Beth, avoid the Tenderloin area in SF. It's inland about a mile from the Embarcadero (I think). It's a little sketchy to even drive through.

j.p. patrick said...

I'm going to SF for a four day food weekend, leaving Colorado tomorrow morning! I'm staying off Filmore at Hotel Tomo and having dinner Friday night at SPQR (one of many places on my agenda!), which is a block down from The Wine Jar...small world. If you start your run from up in this area, which is where it sounds like you're staying, the run you're describing is the first half of the SF Marathon! You can head into the Park coming back to add some miles. I'm going to do an out and back to the end of GG Sat. or Sunday or both. Maybe we'll cross paths. Being the foodies that you two are, you have to hit the Ferry Building Market Place down on the Embarcadero (it has one of the best Farmers Markets in the country outside the building on Sat from 8-2)and SPQR rocks (no reservations, walk-ins only, so sometimes a wait)! It's by the same owners/chef as A16 (where I have ressies on Saturday night!)Have fun and don't drink too much before your run...it's HARD, SO HARD!!!

FatDad said...

Beth,
Don't listen to these guys. They're all just trying to bring you down. I think that drinking as much as you can and running without any pre-planning will be good for building 'strength' for both your body and brain. Hungover? It will just force you to hydrate that much more effectively.
Bad area of town? The 'homies' will add some extra motivation for that race pace.
Trust me...why would I steer you wrong?
Good luck! Dr. Evil dropped a nice 20 miler on me too.

Mer! said...

Beth!!! Firstly, thanks for your cute words on my blog, I totally agree-if all else fails this Sunday, at least I won't look like crap (well, outfit wise, can't speak for my hair!) =0.

Ok, so I haven't ever had to do a 20 mile run after a party, but I did have to do a 5 hour ride and 30 minute run the day after my 30th birthday get together....and you know, if you drink slowly over a period of time (I think I had 3 glasses) ..and load up on water before bed, it shouldn't be *too* bad???

Then again, I also second Kerrie's suggestion to fudge your schedule a bit and run before the party?

I have visions of myself running on a treadmill before my friends' weddings......oh, the things we do for training. GrR!

GO GET SOME WINE!! =0

Lucho said...

HEY!!!! I can lurk here too. Remember the option I gave you. And it's not a 20 miler it's 18.. and I said to move it to Monday if it isn't going to happen... sheesh. You make me sound like a Nazi or something ;)
And FYI- I've started 1/2 marathon still border line drunk and throwing up at the start and still ran 1:09... hangovers aren't excuses, they're punishment. Move it to Monday is you're feeling poor.

beth said...

LUCHO- Nooo! you're not a nazi-i'm actually really excited about this run. and we're not starting until like 10 or 11...
i SWEAR the schedule said 20 the other day when i looked...you just made james' night..

yes, you are still dr. evil, but not for this one. this will be good times!!
look at all the nice blog people who gave me good ideas- i can't wait..
THANK YOU MY WONDER-BLOG FRIENDS!

BreeWee said...

don't know the area at all, BUT fingers crossed James will run with you... have so much fun with the old buds!

Sarah said...

I have some ideas for your run but it looks like folks have had some great ideas. I would have a look at the Nike Marathon map. If you head out along the Embarcadero, it's nice to take it all the way down to the Ball Park at 3rd street - then you can turn around and head back. Basically you don't want to head too far inland from there - the first 15 blocks are fine - it's all the Financial District, but beyond that you get into the Loin (Tenderloin, that is).

SO...I would head over the Gate and come back, then come down into the Presidio along Chrissy Field, out through Fort Mason, along the Embarcadero, then turn around at some point and then you can head back. I'll dig up a route I had once and send it to you.

You don't need hills, so that's why I'm recommending the peripheral route here...

HAVE A GREAT TIME, BETH!! You guys are going to have an awesome time and I really hope for the best when it comes to that hangover...

jameson said...

Lucho's comment give me some confidence for vegas. I will probably be toeing the line in a similar state!

Please don't cane me too bad on sunday!

Zach said...

Not sure if you have already ran or are planning on going tomorrow - if tomorrow is your plan then check this link out: Running Places

It has a great 20 miler in SF complete with breakfast recommendation (along with other Bay Area long runs) - great resource.

TRI-ROB said...

Hey stinky-pants!!!! I just saw some of the pics on FB! Looks like you pulled it off AND look fabulous!

Breathe...

Dan said...

Hey Beth,

Just checking for your Xterra trail run race report, and I was wondering...

Q: What happened to the later post (e.g. Lucho how about you don't read this)?

A1: my hangover from SF was so bad, I wanted to forget everything that's transpired since then

A2: too many positive comments, got embarrassed, and deleted it

A3: after running "beer mile" accidentally hit delete instead of post

A4: those damn blogger programming nerds!