Favorite Free Runs in San Francisco

One of the things I dearly love to do in my adidas adipure running shoes is visit free things to do in San Francisco. Even after many hours on my feet, I still feel so refreshed.

I love running on the Golden Gate Bridge. The best time to go running in my adidas adipure shoes on the Golden Gate Bridge is early in the morning. I park at the free North Vista Point Parking area and begin my run from there. Starting early allows me to beat the crowds. The parking area opens at 7 AM. When I run both sides of the bridge, I have completed a 3.4 mile run, just the right length for an early morning jog.
Along the way, I marvel that the bridge was originally constructed in the 1930s at the cost of 35 million dollars. I enjoy watching the workman working to keep the bridge safe for all the people who cross it each day. I think about the story of the 11 men who died constructing the bridge. Running on the bridge in high winds is interesting because the bridge has a 27 foot sway.
Another place that I love to visit in my neutral running shoes is the Golden Gate Park. Something interesting is always happening at the park. I often stop at one of the buildings on their free days just to see what has changed.
One of my favorite stops in the park is the Conservatory of Flowers and the accompanying Japanese Tea Garden. I love seeing the beautiful orchids that are grown there. Occasionally, I even attend one of the master gardening classes held at the conservatory. When I attend classes at the Conservatory of Flowers, people always make comments about my neutral running shoes. I love telling people how comfortable they are.
Another of my favorite places at Golden Gate Park is Stowe Lake. I love running around the lake in my minimal running shoes. They handle the uneven ground so well. They are so lightweight that I feel like I am barefoot. Yet, I have great protection on my feet.
Another of my favorite places to run in my minimal running shoes is the San Francisco Zoo. Periodically, the zoo opens its doors to visitors for free. I love watching the 260 different types of animals on my run through the zoo. I find that I have to stop and take photos often when I do this run. I cannot wait to visit the zoo and see the new spider exhibit. Who knew the world had over 20 different species of tarantulas?


Springtime Running

One of my favorite times of the year for a good run is in the springtime. I love everything about springtime running. The weather, the scenery that changes almost daily, the smells and even the weather, I just love running in the spring.

I live in an area of the country that I think is blessed. We actually experience all four seasons. The transition from late winter into early spring has always been a magical time for me. My running route typically takes me through the local park system. I enjoy running trails. In the transition period the experience of sleet, snow rain and fog are not uncommon. I just make sure I gear up properly and I enjoy the weather because I know that it will not last and soon I will be running in a glorious warm springtime.

What I like best about running in the spring is seeing the changes going on around me. Early in spring the trees start to bud and even flower. You start noticing green shoots poking up through the earth. In the very early spring the first wildflower, the skunk cabbage blooms. This stinky little plant is a relative of the Venus fly trap. Stop you springtime run momentarily to check it out.

When I plan for springtime running I chose my route carefully. Sidewalks and asphalt can be slippery. This is why I chose trails. The earth soaks up most of the moisture and even if I do have to run through a muddy puddle I don’t care, it comes with the territory. My trail running shoes are usually my footwear of choice in the early spring but on those sunny days I can switch to lighter weight footgear. On those days I can even wear my shorts. I find that layering is the way to go also. Where I live the weather can change so quickly adding or shedding a layer may happen multiple times in my run.

If the vagrancies of springtime running stop you from going out, rethink it. The proper gear and a nice route will have you hooked on it.


This year try some of the new spring running shoes in nice, bright colors, specifically the Asics 33 running shoes and Asics Gel Noosa running shoes.