Tuesday, September 04, 2012
My boyfriend, and I live in San Francisco and had intended to get out of the city and do some camping for the Labor Day long weekend. As often happens with us, we just never got around to planning it and before we knew it the long weekend had arrived. Since we had kinda forced ourselves into a staycation, my boyfriend suggested we make the most of it and do an "all new" weekend, doing things that we had never done before in SF! (Aside: One thing I love about SF is that I think you could do an "all new" weekend EVERY weekend and never run out of new things to do!)
I can't believe what a great weekend we had just sticking around town! First of all, lots of people were already away at the annual Burning Man art festival. Combine that with the crowds that left town for the long weekend and we felt like we had San Francisco to ourselves!! I won't bore everyone with San Francisco-specific details but we tried a new brunch spot every morning, I tried Korean BBQ for the first time, we explored two new neighbourhoods on foot, went to see a new movie, tried a new juice place, went to a new pub, and popped into a couple shops that we'd never been into before. But my favorite "new" things of the weekend were 1. going into the Mission Dolores and 2. going for a run together.
1. Mission Dolores is the founding mission of San Francisco and is remarkable because the original humble structure built over 200 hundred years ago still stands, after surviving the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. The Mission Dolores is what gives the "Mission" neighborhood in SF its name, and it's a neighborhood we actually spend a ton of time in but had never been into the building! It was amazing! With a small peaceful graveyard in the backyard, we felt like we had discovered a sanctuary in the city!
2. I completed a 5K race at the end of July and my running buddy and I are now training for a 10K at the end of this month (so nervous!!). I've noticed that when my boyfriend and I spend the weekend together, a lot of our workout stuff gets pushed to the side in favor of more fun stuff (he's trying to lose some weight too). Since my boyfriend had told me numerous times that he would go for a run with me, this weekend when I went over to his place I brought my running stuff. It was so much fun! He was a great running buddy! He commented afterward that he really enjoyed getting to see me in that capacity and commented on how confident I was in my stride and my pace. It was interesting for him too since he had never trained 'my' way before. I do intervals of running at about 10 min/mile with 1 min of walking between intervals. This weekend I was doing 4x 10min runs, this week will be 3 x 15min runs, etc until I can run the full 10K distance. My boyfriend on the other hand, tends to run for a looooooooong time but at a slower pace (12 or 13 min/mile). We decided next time we do a run together we'll try 'his' way! I think it'll be fun to teach each other new ways of working out!!
Anyway, now I'm feeling refreshed and relaxed coming into the new work week without the re-stressing of driving through all the traffic back into the city after a long weekend. The "All New" staycation - I highly recommend it!!!