After a whirlwind, jam packed few days in San Francisco, I am back to share another segment of my Eat, Play, Run series. After my Ragnar Napa race was canceled due to the fires, my husband and I decided to head out to California and have a mini vacation together. I was determined to pack as much fun as possible into our Eat, Play, Run San Francisco adventure.
Eat, Play, Run San Francisco
Who knew there was so much great food in San Francisco? Between the sourdough bread, the coffee, the pizza and the chocolate I certainly ate my way through town. I’ve been trying to watch my bread consumption lately but no one could resist the smell of the sourdough bread. Seriously, they must pipe the smell of bread throughout the city.
There are never ending choices of coffee and one place is better than the next. I was told by a barista that the rich latte taste is due to the high protein content of the milk. I’ve never heard this before so who knows!
We really played tourists and soaked up all that this city had to offer. First up, a visit to Alcatraz. Very cool experience to learn about all the historical aspects of the old prison. We enjoyed the self guided tour and the view from the ferry.
Our Segway tour through the city was crazy fun. I was a little uneasy at first on the steering of the Segway on such hilly streets but quickly got my bearings. We even went down the famously steep Lombard Street. The tour also included a stop at a famous pizza spot in Little Italy for a slice and a pop into a real fortune cookie factory in China Town.
Of course we had to ride the Cable Car which was more fun than I imagined. I referred to this as our Rice-A-Roni moment.
I almost forgot to mention the walking Chocolate Tour! We took a 3 mile walking tour of 7 small batch chocolate shops. I was sure I had this one but I totally tapped out after the 3rd stop. The chocolate was delicious but I was just sugared out. Disappointing!
So I’ve been fantasizing about running over the Golden Gate Bridge since we had planned our Ragnar race. Once the race was canceled, I was determined to find a way to do just that. I booked a running tour with City Running Tours to guide my friend and I on our route over the bridge. Our guide, Coleman, provided a “running dialogue” pointing out historical spots and offering bits of interesting info to us as we ran. He was absolutely fantastic and even carried our waters and acted as our personal photographers.
I highly recommend City Running Tours if you are traveling to one of the cities they operate in. This run really was the highlight of my trip and I feel so lucky that I had the opportunity to run it. Next year, I will be back with my Ragnar team.
Tell me-Have you run over the Golden Gate? Done a Segway Tour? Chocolate Tour?