Friday, May 14, 2010

Running across the Golden Gate Bridge and along the Embarcadero in San Francisco

This video says it all. It was amazing!

I was born in San Francisco and have spent a lot of time in this lovely City, but there were places I ran that I had never experienced before.

I had to hack off 13 minutes of this video but it will still give you a good sense of our 12-mile practice run.

We started off a the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge in the pouring rain and ran across the bridge and circled around to the bottom of the hill along the Golden Gate Promenade and ran to Ft. Point, stopping momentarily to touch the wall, and then back along the Promenade to Crissy Field while we got caught in the middle of a race... and then ran along Marina Blvd, past the Safeway toward Fort Mason, up to Prospect Park and down along the waterfront toward Fisherman's Wharf ... past the boat house and Aquatic Park and we turned around at the Hyde Street Pier (corner of Hyde and Jefferson, kitty-corner from the Cannery Building). The cable car turnaround/Buena Vista Cafe/Ghirardeli Square are all a tantalizing block up on the hill on Beach Street.

We then turned around and headed back the same way we had come.

It felt a lot like we were on the tv show: the amazing race.

I am so grateful for this wonderful experience. It was so fun, I barely noticed I was running. The plus side of running in such a beautiful place.


Dan Guerra said...

Wow! that IS an amazing video! and it was all so scenic!...I like how the sun came out as soon as you crossed the bridge, and all those points of interest too.
Great job Shawn! of running AND shooting! and great song to go with it...that was amazing...YOU'RE amazing! :o)

HayLaura said...

Wow is Right !!! I am so glad that I saw the link on your page tonight. I know this sounds kindof mushy, but Shawn you are so Inspirational. You have found something in your life " Running " that has really
changed your whole look on Life and I am so glad you are sharing it with all of us. It makes me realize that I need to get out more and explore this beautiful country we live in.... I look forward to many more of your videos... It was Beautiful to watch....

Hugs, Laura

Jenine said...

Shawn, you did a great job capturing how I felt on that run. Thank you.

doodlegirl said...

Hi Dan! I liked how the sun came out as soon as I crossed the bridge, too. It made it much more pleasant. :O)

HayLaura! Hay! I am so happy you enjoyed the video and you found inspiration in it. Thank you for your words.

Thanks Jenine! Wasn't it a fun run!?

Tammy Horton said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful positive perspective on life Shawn. You are so appreciative of things that a lot of people over look. It was nice to see bits of San Francisco again. Take care and keep on sharing!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

What did you use to make the video? I have a Camball that attaches to my visor that I was going to use in Big Sur, but I couldn't get it to work.

You're video is great! All of those good distractions make runs go by fast! What a fun run!

Christine said...

Fun video, Shawn! I love the dramatic change in the weather from the beginning to the end of your run! That's San Francisco for you, I guess!

Congrats on another great run! :)

doodlegirl said...

Hi Tammy! Thanks for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment!

Tina... I used a Flip Video. I just carried it in my hand for the most part and filmed it. I just did a google search on the Camball and that camera looks soooo wonderful! I want one now! :O) I hope you get it to work.

Christine... Happy for me, the weather DID change.. though I'm getting quite comfortable these days running in the rain! :O)

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

You're video was so smooth for holding it in your hand! I tried the camball on my waist once - very wobbly!

Lisa Knowlton said...

I'm so impressed by you. Every time. This brought tears to my eyes given I'll be moving to Montana in 5 days! I will always be reading your blogs and reminiscing about the bay area, and you and the amazing Being you are! Thanks Shawn, you're an inspiration.

Francesca said...

A M A Z I N G !!!!! inspiring!!
I love seeing your feet and the scenic beauty and the song you chose. I'm looking forward to seeing you soon and still want a day in the wine country together!!!

xxxoooo Francesca

doodlegirl said...

Lisa.... I am so going to miss you! I have only seen you once in maybe two years? But just knowing you were nearby was enough. Now it will seem much more emptier without you living here. Please keep in touch!!! And best best wishes in Montana... and thank you for stopping by!!! :O)

Francesca... Please come over anytime. The wine country is calling your name! I am happy you were inspired! I am overjoyed you, too, are training for a half-marathon! I am so envious you are gonna run in the San Francisco NIKE half-marathon. I so wanted to do that but they sell out quickly! Maybe next year! Maybe next year we can run in it together!