One might rightfully assume that climbing the stairs in a 48-story skyscraper twice (read details here) would be a satisfactory workout for the day, but NOT FOR US! When we left the Fight For Air Climb in San Francisco, it wasn’t to go have brunch or head home. We headed to a famous stadium, where we… continued to exercise!
The famous stadium is called Kezar Stadium, named after the Kezar family, who were early pioneers in the bay area. Built in the 1920s, the stadium was the first in San Francisco to hold over 50,000 people, and was the first home of both the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders. In the late 1980s, the stadium was demolished and replaced with a much smaller one, which can seat 10,000, and is now home to a local minor league soccer team.
My oldest nephew Maren is on his school’s track team for the first time, and the big championship meet is next weekend, so we came to Kezar to run on the track. I haven’t run on a track in ages, so I had forgotten how mind-numbingly boring it is, but I spent 25 non-stop minutes either running laps or running up and down the aisles in the stands.
Each aisle has 36 steps, and there are 20 aisles, and I ran up each and every one of them, so that’s 720 steps extra steps (and 720 more steps down)! Add in the laps, and I covered 1.7 miles.
As we left the stadium, we checked out a local mural, where I hung out with Nelson Muntz…
…and got frisked by Chief Wiggum.
It turned out to be a “Simpsons” sort of day, because later we went to Free Gold Watch, a San Francisco arcade that had tons of pinball machines, including the original “Simpsons” one, which I played.
I was geeked to see that they also had the ’80s Rampage arcade game, which I loved playing as a kid – and it’s still pretty fun now! Plus, Maren, Steve (my brother) and I had seen “Rampage” (the movie) the night before.
“Rampage” (the movie) is basically a big-budget B-movie about monsters destroying Chicago, so if you’re looking for a big, dumb, silly movie about giant creatures taking down helicopters and toppling skyscrapers, and are willing to leave expectations at the door, than go check it out. It was right up my alley.
We had lunch at Kezar Pub, and my post-race/post-run meal was a BLT sandwich with avocado, with cole slaw on the side. I posted most of my meals from this trip on Twitter, so scroll through my feed to check out photos!
The next day I joined Maren and Alexis (my sister-in-law) for another track workout, this time at their local high school. I did my combo of running laps and running bleachers. These bleachers were much smaller: five aisles, with 18 steps, which I ran up a total of 30 times, so that’s 540 steps. Plus another 540 steps down. I lost track of how many laps I did, but in total I ran 46 minutes and covered 3.5 miles.
It was a gorgeous day, and Alexis and I wanted to take advantage of it, so a little later we headed to the nearby town of Tiburon, right on the bay, and had a lovely, long walk along the water.
You can see the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance – upper right part of the photo. We walked to town, stopped by a cafe for a beverage (iced tea for me, lemonade for Alexis), and then headed back. 4.8 miles total, bringing my Sunday total to 8.3.
I worked on Monday, from Steve and Alexis’ kitchen table, but I woke up early and went on a little hike before sitting down with my computer. They live down the street from a trailhead for a stunning – and steep – hike, and while I left the house intending to run it, I ended up just hiking it, because I was sore and stiff from the last two days of exercise.
The hike was up a big hill overlooking Lucas Valley, an area of Marin County, and man oh man, what a great way to start a Monday morning.
I gained almost 900 feet of elevation gain in 25 minutes – the same height as a 75-story building – before turning around and heading back.
Add in my 2.1-mile hike and my total distance covered for the weekend was 12.3 miles. Almost a half-marathon!
Keep it up, David!
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