Running routes in San Francisco?
March 6, 2009 11:33 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for some new running routes in San Francisco. Ideas? Your favorites?
posted by soleiluna to health & fitness (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've been running on and off for a few years, but in the last 6 months I've gotten more consistent & I've begun training for a half marathon. Up until a few months ago, I'd primarily run on a track. Now that I'm exploring outside the track, I feel like the routes I've been doing have gotten stale. Looking for suggestions!
Specific criteria/what I'm looking for:
-Primarily, I need new ideas for weeknight runs in SF that are between 3.5-6 mi. I am a woman and I run by myself, usually after dark/around 7 PM on weeknights, so having non-sketchy pedestrians around+feeling moderately safe is an issue. Quiet, super safe residential areas work too. (I'm not too easily shaken, but I don't really want to run in Bayview/Tenderloin/etc by myself at night.) Must be public transit accessible.
-Also of interest: long runs, 6-14 mi. These are daytime/weekend runs and I go with friends, so safety is less of an issue. Public transit accessible is good but not necessary. We're just getting to the 8+ mi part of things. A portion of these runs have been/will be in the East Bay too.
-I'm a big wuss about hills. Easy/moderate level of elevation change preferred. (This has been my main problem when I just go out and try to make up a route in SF - huge hills/long uphill portions in the way.) I am open to doing more hills, but ways to start gradually is what I need.
-If it's useful, I live in Duboce Triangle and work in the Inner Sunset. But starting near those areas is not necessary.
(Note: I've played with walkjogrun, nike+ user routes, and a few other tools, but finding/making up routes that fit both safety & elevation criteria has been time-consuming. And obv. no info about safety is included. I wish there were a running equivalent of Bay Area Hiker, sigh.)
Here's where I run already:
-Embarcadero/ATT Park/Fisherman's Wharf (various permutations)
-the Wiggle/panhandle, often laps
-Golden Gate Park from East to West (on weekends, daytime)
-Carl St/Irving St out to Ocean Beach
Any suggestions appreciated! Thank you!