Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, September 19 at the Botanical Gardens!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, September 19 at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park!

This week, we’re having hills for breakfast. There are two route options: 9.85mi and 4.8mi; both have a healthy helping of hills.

Full Route
From the Botanical Gardens, we head south along 6th Avenue and run up Warren Drive. We’ll take Ashwood Lane to connect to Clarendon Avenue. From Clarendon, we run around Panorama Drive (should provide fantastic views if it’s sunny) all the way to Portola. From Portola, we head south on Teresita Blvd and take a detour at Sequoia Way to visit the Miraloma Dragon Tale Staircase. Next we will go around Mount Davidson via Dalewood Way. Dalewood Way turns into Lansdale Ave and we cut through Bengal Alley traverse several side streets to reach the Urbano Sundail, formerly a part of the Ingleside Race Track. We make our way back heading north to Portola and take Laguna Honda Blvd and back to the Botanical Gardens along 7th Ave.

Total Distance is 9.85mi with 1128 feet of elevation gain

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4622575045

Short Route
From the Botanical Gardens, we head south along 6th Avenue and run up Warren Drive. We’ll take Ashwood Lane to connect to Clarendon Avenue. From Clarendon, we run around Panorama Drive (should provide fantastic views if it’s sunny) all the way to Portola. From Portola, we head to Laguna Honda Blvd and back to the Botanical Gardens along 7th Ave.

Total Distance 4.8mi with 536ft of elevation gain

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4622571580

Jay Kloepfer
President
Half Full Running Club

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, September 11 at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, September 11 at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day weekend. We have 10-mile course and a 5-mile course.

10 Miler

We start with a loop around Stow Lake, then we take JFK Drive to the Conservatory of Flowers. We head up to a segment of the Phil Arnold Trail before making our way toward 7th Avenue. We run along 7th Avenue, around Laguna Honda and head west toward Stern Grove. From 30th Ave, we zig-zag our way to 20 1/2 Ave, then to Dirty Alley. Then it’s a mile along Judah St. to the finish.

Total Distance is 10.3mi (elevation 700 ft.)

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4589605819

5 Miler
The 5-mile course cuts out the loop in the park. We run along 7th Avenue, around Laguna Honda and continuing on to Dewey Blvd. At the roundabout, we take Taraval and turn right on 20th Ave. We head north on 20th Ave until Lawton Ave. Turn left on Lawton Ave to reach 20 1/2 Ave. At Kirkham, turn left and make a right at Dirt Alley. Make a right at Judah St. to return to the start.

Total Distance is 5.3mi (elevation 400 ft.)

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4603614319

Why Fitter People Drink More Alcohol | Outside Online

Happy Tuesday, fellow runners!

Fascinating story in Outside – why fitter people drink more alcohol, but are less likely to abuse it.

I think the "sensation-seeking" explanation referenced in this article rings true in my experience, as does the "licensing effect". I think these explanations apply to food, too. I love to eat, so I run to eat.

A friend who does more extreme endurance events like Ultras and 100-mile Century rides and triathlons says the number of former addicts in these sports is astounding, far beyond the amount you’d expect. Sensation-seeking’s darker cousin.

"Why Fitter People Drink More Alcohol | Outside Online" https://www.outsideonline.com/health/running/exercise-alcohol-research/

Tiptoe through the …

Dahlias. We took a slight detour to admire and wonder at the dahlia garden next to the conservatory. It was a profusion of colors and varieties. Much too hard to choose a favorite.

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday at Botanical Gardens!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Greetings Runners. We will be meeting from Botanical Gardens for the month of September. Air quality conditions have been sporadic of late and we will stick to the western side of the city this week where the air quality has generally been better.

We will start by running along Nancy Pelosi Drive to the Conservatory of Flowers. We will head up Arguello Blvd and turn left on Lake St. We will take Lake St to 25th Avenue then turn left. We turn right on Clement St. and run down Point Lobos Ave back into the park. We make our return on MLK Drive, then taking the side trail through the Polo FIeld and over to JFK Drive. We finish the run with a trip around Stow Lake and back to Botanical Gardens.

Total Distance is 9.73mi.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4589585500

Course options to reduce mileage:

  • At 25th Avenue, you can cut the distance to ~6 miles by running back to the Park and taking Transverse Drive to MLK Drive and back to Botanical Gardens.
  • You can cut off 0.25mi by taking JFK Dr. to Chain of Lakes Meadow rather than going all the way down to Murphy’s Windmill.
  • You can cut off 0.33mi by omitting Stow Lake. Take Transverse Dr. to MLK Dr. to head back to Botanical Gardens.

Fresh Ocean Air

Our reward for the change in venue – A good run along the Ocean with the lowest smoke level the City could offer this morning 😊. Thanks Patrick again for choosing the route.

Change in Run Location

Due to the deterioration in air quality in the last couple of hours, we will be changing our meeting spot to Java Beach near the SF Zoo tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience. Conditions may be better by the ocean.

Java Beach At The Zoo
https://maps.app.goo.gl/mmocby8WBM3KAp3MA

We will continue to monitor the situation. If conditions become unhealthy, we may need to cancel the run.

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, August 29 at Equator Coffee in front of Fort Mason!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, August 29 at Equator Coffee in front of Fort Mason. We’ll meet on the corner across from the Marina Safeway.

We unfortunately had to cancel Saturday’s run due to unhealthy air quality conditions. Which unfortunately means we missed out on Gilman Drive :(.

This week, we are back at Fort Mason and we will have an easy out and back this week along the Embarcadero. While not on the map (I don’t know what paths are accessible), the Black Point Historic Gardens by Aquatic Park is scheduled to reopen to the public after being closed for more than 50 years.

https://www.sfgate.com/things-to-do/article/Sf-Black-Point-Historic-Gardens-fort-mason-opening-16357761.php
https://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/black-point-historic-gardens/

For our run this week, we will head down the Embarcadero, all the way down to the Chase Center. The turn around point will be at 16th Street. We will visit Black Point Historic Gardens on the return route back.

Total Distance 9.99mi (16km)

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4587151963

Jay Kloepfer
President
Half Full Running Club

Too cool

Did we get it right? Maybe not quite but we felt hip. The air was fresh and we had a terrific run.

Run Canceled

Good morning everyone, and apologies for the late notice. The air quality around the area has gotten really bad overnight (140s). We will cancel the 8am run.

Some of us will be watching the air quality and if it improves by 10am we will join the fun run Sports Basement is hosting before their opening at 10:30.

Be safe and stay healthy.