Since we've relocated to the Bay Area, I've been whining about the lack of hills in my immediate vicinity. It's not that there aren't hills, clearly there are. San Francisco is made of hills. I did the Nike Women's Marathon a few years ago and the hills were definitely there. But where we live, it's pretty flat. I haven't changed the gear on my bike yet, that's how flat it is. So friends helpfully recommended a few different places I could run and I've been slowly checking them out. The week before last, I took my 3 year old with me and checked out the Stanford Dish. If you look at this badboy on Google Maps, you can see it starts with people walking up hill. So yes, hills. I strapped my little one into the jogger and away we went at the speed of a glacier. I'm not entirely convinced many of the hills are runnable, especially with the jogger, and it was a lot of me huffing and puffing while he yelled "I thought we were going to be RUNNING, mommy!" and "I don't really think this is very fast, mommy!" Some of the passersby got a good laugh out of him. I would have laughed, too, had I not been gasping for breath and afraid I was going to bust a lung. So the way we went, and it's a loop so you have your choice of straight uphill or slight downhill, and we went straight uphill, it kind of crests at the top, FINALLY, and the view is pretty damn cool.
|You can't really see it in the photo, but you can see the San Francisco bay off in the distance. And if your eyes are keen, Stanford University.|
|Look! We saw some deer! It was just like wild kingdom. I didn't get a picture of the fluffy fat ground squirrels, but my god they were adorable.|