Wednesday, April 2, 2014

if you go to san francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair (and eat at in-n-out)

I was in California for a work trip this past Sunday to Wednesday night. It was exhausting and a whole lot of work on the ground. It may be only a three hour time difference, but it sure does mess with my body's internal clock. I did manage to squeeze in some fun while I was there. I worked very closely on this event with my friend/coworker, so we spent a lot of time together during the trip. Our first order of business after getting off the plane and checking into the hotel:

I've been to San Francisco a few times now, so I've done all the touristy things. We spent the day exploring, eating frozen yogurt, and buying some very fancy fresh-pressed juice. I tried to go to bed early since I knew that it would be a very long few days. I woke up on Monday feeling tired, but thrilled to be out of the frozen tundra of Boston. My hotel was fairly close to the Embarcadero path and I decided to head out for a quick run. I got in about 3.5 miles before I had to head back to my hotel to get ready for the day. But not before snapping a some breathtaking pictures:

After a full day (and then some) of working on Monday, I decided to give myself Tuesday morning to recuperate. I think it was a smart idea since I had another marathon day ahead of me. And really, the activity that I was most looking forward to was on Wednesday morning - November Project San Francisco!

I had connected with a lovely woman named Adrienne via Facebook prior to heading out on the trip. She gave me some really helpful information and welcomed me to meet up with a few others before heading to Alamo Square Park. I woke up in the morning and saw rain in the forecast. How bad could it be, right? Wrong. As soon as I got out of the cab by the meeting spot it started pouring. I ran across the street and made my way to the awning where they were waiting and promptly fell, landed on my ass, and slid into them. Well, how about that for an entrance? After introducing (and embarrassing) myself, I found out almost everyone I was with had some connection to Boston. After a two mile warm up that involved some pretty nasty hills, we arrived at the park. Oh, and did I mentioned that it was still pouring? And that it was alternating with hail? And that I was only wearing crops and a long sleeved tech shirt? I didn't even have a chance to be in a bad mood because before I knew it, people were hugging me and I was listening to the explanation of the workout.

Luckily, I was able to stick with Adrienne, otherwise I definitely would have gotten confused. The starting point is the middle of the park, and the workout went something like this:
  • One lap around the park (which is just about sixth tenths of a mile), return to the center
  • Run to the first corner of the park, back to the center and do 50 push ups
  • Run to the second corner of the park, back to the center and do 50 sit ups
  • Run to third corner of the park, back to the center and do 25 burpees
  • Run to the fourth corner of the park, back to the center and do 25 squat lunges
  • One lap around the park in the opposite direction
When people were done they formed a little finisher's chute. When I finished, I ran through and gave about a million high fives before finding my way to the back to do the same for the next set of people. They call it "PR Wednesday" and it is timed. I finished in 31 minutes and was definitely in the back half of the pack. People are competitive, but at the same time they are amazingly supportive of the other runners, and the positive mood is certainly contagious. When I was trudging up the last hill of the last lap of the park, I looked behind me and saw a woman struggling. I yelled out "You're SO AWESOME" and kept going. After we all finished, she came up to me and said "Thank you, I really needed that!". It was such a wonderful experience and it was worth being soaked to the bone and sacrificing a few hours of sleep. Thank you, November Project, San Francisco, for welcoming me with open arms! We are #weatherproof.

photo taken by jackelyn ho
photo taken by jackelyn ho

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