The Final Stretch

The 102nd annual Bay To Breakers race and festivities happened today in San Francisco. For those that are unfamiliar, it starts off really early in the morning as a 12km race and finishes as a city wide shit-show. Literally.

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(Photo credit to Zazzle.com)

I have seen the funniest and jaw dropping costumes when I attended two years ago (as a spectator, not a runner) and it’s such a great time people watching. The race starts from one end of the city (downtown/Embarcadero) to the other end (Ocean Beach). Did you know San Francisco is only 7 square miles long and wide?

Please check out these pictures to get a feel of how San Francisco gets down. You won’t regret it.

I’m on my final stretch regarding school and only have one more final before I am a free woman to summer. It’s bittersweet to have the semester wrapping up but I’m more than ready to start my dietetics program in the fall! I also have a lot of trips I’m taking in the next three months, so I have to start planning and getting ready for everything. I still didn’t apply for my Visa to China, I need to get on that soon.

To give myself a tangible pat on the back, I bought a Garmin ForeRunner 10 in Violet/White! It’s the cutest thing and I can’t wait to use it tomorrow when I start my Couch to 5k training. Although my half marathon is not until November, I’m going to have a lot of holes in-between from all the traveling I’ll be doing, so I want to have as much background training as possible. I can’t even run a whole mile yet! This is going to be a long journey..

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Can’t wait to let you know how my first day back in the fitness world is working out! Another reason I’m happy school is over is because I have a lot more time to do personal things. Those 2 hours I usually spend driving to school and back can be put into good use now!

On Saturday, Chi and I went to eat a late lunch together since we haven’t seen each other much lately. I’ve been busy with school and work and he’s been making sure the restaurant continues to run smoothly.

We went to Papito, in one of my favorite districts in SF, Potrero Hill. It feels like I was just here… 😉

Papito is one of my favorite modern Mexican places to dine, they serve the most delicious food and it doesn’t hurt that everything is organic and local! A funny note is that the restaurant is actually owned by French people that have a French restaurant on the corner.

(I honestly don’t remember the sign being like this to be honest)

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Chips and salsa are served untraditionally with a spicy sauce, mild verde and a sweet mango salsa.

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I couldn’t resist ordering the Watermelon Fresca. It looked so refreshing and tasted so.

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We ordered my favorite thing ever (there), the Chorizo Fundido. I actually never heard of fundido before I started dating Chi, but essentially it is meat (chorizo) or no meat for vegetarian style with beans, tomatoes and onion served with a topping of melted cheese. Kind of like a Mexican fondue, I would say. You serve it with chips and scoop out the fundido and eat it like a dip.

I actually just got hungry and kind of sad just by looking at this picture. Thanks, Papito.

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I knew I was going to be full from the fundido, so I only ordered two tacos. These tacos are no joke, I never had such fancy pants tacos before. My first one was a sautéed shrimp taco with garlic, chile de arbor adobo, avocado, cilantro, red onions and mango pico de gallo. Now that was a mouthful.

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My second taco was house-made chorizo and potatoes, salsa verde and pico de gallo.

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Chi also got a cameron costeño taco, I think it’s safe to say that it was a real winner. His second choice was the pollo empanizado: fried chicken, chipotle remoulade, salsa roja, guacamole, purple cabbage slaw and creme fraiche.

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I think these tacos are the epitome of food porn.

Remember when I showed you the night-time view of SF from Potrero Hill? Here’s the daytime view!

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Runners: can you recommend a great but not $100 pair of running headphones? What was the most appetizing thing you ate this weekend?

21 thoughts on “The Final Stretch

  1. Hello to you! I’m so glad you found my blog because that’s led me here and your blog is great!! I LOVE SF!!! My favourite city on the West coast. Are there naked people in that race? Looks hilarious. I also have a Garmin (the 410), and it’s amazing – I’m sure you’ll find it to be the same! Also, I feel your pain regarding the running thing. I took a while off while traveling kept me occupied (kind of an excuse, I know), and am now getting back into the swing of things – it’s not easy!

    • Yay a fellow SF lover, there is certainly nothing like it. I just re-glanced at the picture and noticed the naked people! I know there was a bunch in real life, but not in the photo, haha. Thanks for visiting Emma!

  2. That race looks excellent! We were thinking of coming to SF for a weekend in November…but were concerned there wouldn’t be enough to do and travel would take up most of our time. We’re still undecided!

    • I might be a little biased but I think it would be a great idea! There’s sooo much to do, even though this city is small it’s filled with something every other block. The surrounding areas are also great for visitors, like Marin county, Napa or even Monterey! The only thing is our Indian summer ends right around November, so the weather might not be in your favor. Let me know if you decide to come, I’ll tell you a few of my favorite places!

  3. I’d love to run in San Francisco one day–definitely one of my dream running destinations!

    I’m so excited to hear about your training and your races! Don’t worry about not being able to run that far or that fast yet–you’ll build it up! After all, everyone who is good at anything was once a beginner. 🙂 Trust me, in no time you’ll start impressing yourself with your distances and your times!

    Also, all of those tacos look so good. Holy yum. I now have a serious craving for Mexican food.

    • I’m really going to hold on to those words! You should sign up for the SF Rock ‘n’ Roll or Nike’s 1/2. I hear they are really fun to race!

  4. Ooh I’m tempted to get a garmin, especially if they look so pretty 😉 Excited to read about how your couch to 5k to half marathon goes as I’m a relatively newbie runner too and am wondering if I should sign up for a half too!

    • Yay, another new runner! If you do sign up for one, make sure it’s well out in advance. Mine is in November and I’m still pretty anxious about it!

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