Marin Headlands are Still Waiting for Me

I find myself in San Francisco again this week and when planning my trip, booked an AirBnB in Lower Haight so I'd be closer to Golden Gate park and Presidio. The intent behind this decision was to see what it's like to "live" in another 'hood in San Francisco, but more importantly I had the idea that one of my runs would take me the full length of Golden Gate park so I could wet my feet in the sea and run back again and another would take me through the Presidio, across Golden Gate bridge, up to Marin Headlands (for the obligatory snap of Golden Gate bridge with San Francisco in the background) and back again.

Yesterday I ticked off the "run the lengths of Golden Gate park, touch the ocean and run back" run and this morning I tried the Marin Headlands run.

I woke this morning to the common sight of fog over San Francisco, but as the sun came up, it soon started to burn off so I headed off feeling quite confident it would be all clear by the time I got to Marin Headlands. I was also feeling great after 9 hours of sleep - I hope this is the sleep that broke the jet lag.

All was good until I got to the edge of Golden Gate bridge... the footpath was closed until 10:30am for the Mermaid Series 10 mile race that was taking place. I thought, "Oooo, maybe they're allowing pedestrians to use the west side of the bridge during the race" - this side is normally only open to cyclists... nope. I got to the west side and was told... "NOPE! Wait until the race is finished at 10:30 or use the shuttle to cross and walk back." I got to the bridge just after 8:30 and there was no way I was going to wait 2 hours. I also decided against using the shuttle to cross and run back as it was still very foggy and didn't look like it would be clearing any time soon.

Instead, I ran the Coastal trail back towards Golden Gate park. Lovely trail and I'm sure the sights would have been brilliant had it not been for the fog. All I could see were trees, fog and the path. I did hear a lot of boats on their horns as they entered the bay which was quite unusual for me. I also ran past some pretty swish looking houses (some with astroturf front lawns) and got to run a route I'd only planned doing some other time.

So whilst I'm a little disappointed I couldn't go the Marin Headlands today, I'm happy I still had a good run on the Coastal Trail and also slightly pleased I didn't make the effort as I suspect all I would have seen was white. If anything, I'm more annoyed with myself for not thinking to lookup to see if there were any races in the city whilst I'm here - I may have been able to enter this one on the day.

Ooooo, I've just had an idea... maybe next time I'm over I'll catch the shuttle or ferry across to Sausalito, spend the morning or afternoon running the trails of the Marin Headlands and then catch the shuttle or ferry back.

Right, time for a shower as I'm really starting to smell now.

Spartathlon in Luna Sandals

People thought I was nuts running the Ragnar Relay and Bournemouth Marathon in Luna Sandals, but this guy takes the biscuit. Claus Rasmussen from Denmark has just completed the Spartathlon in Luna Sandals.

This is my kind of runner and I can almost guarantee, despite the single blister, his feet looked and felt way better than his fellow runners who wore shoes.

For those who like to listen to interviews instead, check out his interview on Talk Ultra.

· It's tipping it down outside and I'm in a fairweather runner mood, so I'll be replacing my long run with watching the New York City marathon. Update: The rain has stopped and the radar shows no more rain for the next few hours so I'm hitting the road after all. BIAB.

VLM 2015 - You're In

Look what the postie just bunged through my letterbox:

VLM 2015 You're In

I have to admit that I was expecting this as I already knew my Good For Age entry had been accepted, but it's still exciting to see this magazine and not this one.

I've got a sudden urge to go out for a run now :grinning:

Race the London Underground

Fancy a new and interesting speed session? How about racing the London Underground?

I reckon you could do this with several stations in London, though I wouldn't want to try it with the Leicester Square to Covent Garden stops purely for the number of steps you'd have to climb.

Time for a New Look

Well folks, I decided it was time for a new look here, so :tada: tadaaaa!!! :tada: What do you think?

Nice hey? Not only is it a new look, it's a new backend too. I've switched this site from Habari to Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages - I work for GitHub so I may as well start using their stuff :smile: my own server now as I forgot I can't use HTTPS on GitHub Pages yet.

Things aren't quite 100% as I'd like them, but I thought I'd dive in the deepend and just do it and fix up the mess as and when I notice it.

Automatically Sync Workouts from Garmin Connect to Strava

Automatically Sync Workouts from Garmin Connect to Strava

Woohoo!! You can now automatically sync your uploads from Garmin Connect to Strava. I can't find Strava's announcement but I have found they've started documenting this is available here. This is a huge time saver for me, though it does come at the expense that I've had to flip to the new modern Garmin Connect interface and install Garmin Express at the expense of the Garmin ANT Agent. Whilst I like the new interface, I've been reluctant to switch due to reports of unavailability and the fact I'd have to install Garmin Express to upload my runs, which at the time, meant getting into the manual PITA upload process for all the sites I store my runs on.

I took the plunge on Monday and so far so good though now I need to find a solution for uploading to FetchEveryone. I'm thinking there's probably a way to make the Garmin Communicator plugin detect the workouts from Garmin Express, but we'll see.

Check out DC Rainmaker's walk-through for the incredibly simple steps to enable the automatic sync for yourself.

Running in Whistler is Freaking Amazing

I'm in Whistler this week for a work do and have just got back from my first run on the trails. Oh my word!!! Whistler is freaking amazing and incredibly beautiful in the summer with some pretty fantastic trails and awesome views.

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Lost Lake in the morning

I had no plans in mind for this morning's run other than to loop round Lost Lake (I found it ⇧ :-D) and then see where my feet took me. They took me all over the show. Over easy trails, hard trails, rocky trails and smooth trails. The big main "road" trails are nice and easy going though a little boring. The cross-country ski routes are great smooth fast paths that meander through the trees and the hard-core MTB trails are particularly challenging and the most fun.

I'm really looking forward to getting out there again, though I think it'll only be in the mornings as it's topping 30°C every day this week with bonus humidity too.

Oh yes, and my Luna Sandals are brilliant across all trails.

The Hardest 400m You'll Ever Run

I regularly have dreams where I'm running and find it so hard to run that I lean so far forward that I'm almost running on all fours, and it's still tough to run. Well imagine my surprise when I discovered I've probably been mentally training for what is probably the toughest 400m race in the world, let alone Europe... the Red Bull 400 in Planica, Slovenia.

How's this for a brutal 400m race...

200m of elevation in just 400m. Think I'll add this to my bucket list given I've had so much practice in my dreams.

· Woohoo!! My Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 "Good for Age" entry has been accepted. Providing everything goes to plan, I WILL be running the VLM next year.

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