Fort Mason, San Francisco

Saturday started out as a great morning. . . I had been to the Britannia Arms (an English pub near my house) with my cousin and a couple friends Friday night, getting home around 1am. So I expected to be a bit tired come Sat morn but I woke up raring and ready to go! (a benefit to not drinking: no hangover!)

The plan was to volunteer at the Wipro San Francisco Marathon’s Expo from noon to 5pm. Since it’s a bit of a drive to SF, I wanted to have the family packed in the car by about 9:30, so that way I would have plenty of time to drive, get caught in traffic, get lost, find my way there, find parking, and walk up to the Expo. Have you ever tried to drive and park in San Francisco? Yeah, good luck with that. It’s like a traffic scene from The Fifth Element. Insane.

All the way up to SF, the boys were amazingly well-behaved. This was surprising to me. There were no tantrums, “are we there yet”s, and no barking at other cars. Not that my son would bark at other cars. . .

 

As we were driving, I noticed that it was getting a little hard to talk. My throat was sore and scratchy and the junction of my throat/mouth was stinging. Crap. Well, as usual, I made a comment about and then promptly ignored it. It took about 45 minutes for the rest of my body to start yelling at me. We were just outside South San Francisco when I admitted that all I wanted to do was crawl into bed and nurse my aching body. Awesome. Thank you, Universe, I love being sick on the weekends during the summer. Yay.

So instead of spreading my sickie germies to a bunch of marathoners, we decided to just take a walk and get some fresh air, since we were pretty much in San Francisco. We went to Fort Mason (I highly suggest going there if you’re in San Francisco!) and visited a Swiss Mountain Dog event. Just an informal barbecue with lots of Swiss doggies. Chewie was in heaven. Puppies and hot dogs?!?! SCORE!!! He was one of the only 2 Saint Bernards there, which are the biggest of the Swiss breeds, so he got lots of attention.

Since I wasn’t feeling up to socializing, (oh hell, I wasn’t up for even smiling. by this point, i felt like dog poop) we started out for a little walk around Fort Mason and down to the water’s edge.

Little history lesson: Fort Mason was built in 1864, and used as a defense for the San Francisco Bay during the Civil War. Yes, you read that right. The Civil-frickin-War. Needless to say, Fort Mason is old and has some great history to it. If you’re interested in learning more about it, click here.

So here are some of the pics from Fort Mason:

There’s a public garden on Fort Mason that was beautiful and it had an amazing view of the city. 

The garden and the garden’s view.

Since the Fort is a Historical Point, there were lots of signs around describing different aspects of what the Fort used to do/serve as. 

Leve it to my son to find the artillery.

Just hanging out with a cannon, Mom, nbd. 

The Golden Gate Bridge. And fog. Can’t go to San Francisco and not expect the fog. 

From 1909 and through WWII, soldiers were shipped out to war from Fort Mason, helping the US to become a global power. Wow, that just sounded like a book report or history homework, didn’t it? Sorry about that. 😉

See that group of people down there? Yeah, that’s a BEER FESTIVAL. That’s cruel, Universe, to make me sick and tease me with a Beer Fest. Just cruel.

For everyone outside of California, San Francisco was destroyed in 1906 by a major earthquake. The city made a huge recovery and hosted the World Fair in 1915. Does the World Fair even still exist? Add that to my “Google it” list. . . 

Anyone up for a swim to Alcatraz?

It wasn’t long before I was at my limit, so we headed back to the car. Whenever I’m sick I crave french fries, so after a trip to In-N-Out, we were back on the road, heading home. And apparently, I missed the memo that it was nap time.

When we got home, it was time to snuggle on the couch and watch the Olympics. This is my son’s first time really watching the summer olympics (he was too young to stay up late for the Beijing broadcasts) and he’s really into the swimming! Time to get him back into the pool! 😉 So I’ve been on the couch since Saturday night, recuperating from whatever I’ve got. While I’m not healthy yet, I am feeling better, so we’re going to brave the park today. My son can play for a bit and then hang out while I walk up and down the hill. My Nike+ Running app is going to yell at me for slacking in the speed department, but hey, you’ve always got to take care of your body and come back into exercising slowly.

How was your weekend? Do anything interesting? Racing? Traveling? 

size DOES matter

I learned something about myself over the weekend… Apparently, I am THAT kind of parent…

 

It all started last May, when we got a Saint Bernard puppy. At 7 1/2 weeks old, he was already 20 pounds. Of course, with my geeky personality, he was immediately named Chewbacca. Chewie for short. 😉

*insert cooing noises here*

 

My son and Chewie became bestest buddies!

picking up my son from school

 

From a wittle puppy (hey, I was raised with horses. A Saint Bernard IS little) to a big fluff-ball, my son and Chewie are inseparable. Partly because Chewie won’t leave him alone, but that’s beside the point… 😉

give...

and take!

 

Now, from these pictures, you’d think I coulda predicted what would happen next… but, alas, I am a true blonde…

The other night while we were in the car, I heard a muffled scream coming from the back seat. Here’s where my parental priorities may be a bit skewed… While dying with laughter, I had to get photographic proof…

 

Yes, I have become THAT parent. At least I can admit it, and that’s the first step to recovery, riiiiight?  😉

 

And now, back to reality…

I did the Max Interval Training DVD from the Insanity workout program last night. It’s all plyometric, and it’s not really “interval.” Someone at BeachBody needs to get their workout dictionary out… It’s more of plyometic circuit training. A series of exercises (about 4 of ’em) done in 45 second chunks, with a 30 second break after the set. Repeat.  A lot. (See? NOT interval. That’s circuit training, people.) But oh well, it was a hard workout, and I’m glad I did it!

Today, I’ll be running. Maybe. I’ve been avoiding running lately, so we’ll see if I actually follow through today. I do want to get down to the cliffs to see what the surf is doing today, so that’s a bit of a motivator. It’s a gloomy day today, and we all know Heather’s a “weather weenie”… I’ll keep you updated on what happens. Who knows, this may end up being a 2-post kind of day! 😉

 

What are your workout plans for the day? Or is today your rest day? 

RunRun!!

At the beginning of the week, I took my dog small horse, Chewie, the drool-master Saint Bernard, for a nice long walk. He’s only 11 months old, so walking at a fast clip for an hour and a half qualifies as “long.” 

So here’s the Chewmeister taking a short breather at the upper edge of our harbor (hey, I warned you, I love boats). You can’t really tell by this pic that he discovered a fondness for ice plant… But you can in this pic!

I also taught him how to drink out of a human water fountain! The guys cleaning their fish at the station near us thought that this was a hoot! 

Hehehe, I love this boy! 

Alright, Heather, enough with the puppy already… 

So after I got home, I realized that I’m done holding in my itch to run again! (I’ve been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis for just over 3 years now… complete with surgery… it’s gone in my right, but still in my left) So, I started looking up races in my area. I went to HalfMarathons.net and started shopping for my next half marathon. Cuz, let’s face it, if I’m going to run again, it’s gonna be for a distance that people say I’m crazy for, not just “around the block” crap. 

I decided that with the time it’ll take to train (go figure, I’m actually going to train for this half) I would need something a couple months out. But not too far away, otherwise I’ll get bored waiting for it, and then there’s a good chance I won’t even show up! So I picked out the half that I did last year, and I’m actually pretty pumped about kicking the living daylights out of this course! I know what to expect now, so look out!! 

I’m doing the Jungle Run in Los Gatos, CA on July 15th. It was an awesome course last year, going through downtown Los Gatos, through Vasona Park (b-e-a-u-tiful!), then along nice wide trail through the mountain. Not very hilly, just one at the beginning of the course, and then a sleeper hill between miles 11 and 12 (it’s a doozy!). 

I’ll keep you updated on my training runs! But for now, I have some Financial Accounting work that needs to be done… ugh. I know you’re jealous, aren’t you? 😉