AKA: POLISH HILL
On the website http://www.47Hills.com it was called Polish Hill, but it’s probably more well known as Precita Heights. It sits Southwest of Downtown, just on the outskirts of the Mission. I’m sure on a clear say with blue skies, the view of the San Francisco skyline is amazing. The morning I was there it was overcast, so it wasn’t great.
The neighborhood is really terrific. Most of Precita and Bernal Heights are still very much old school San Francisco. It was refreshing to run through a part of the city that hasn’t changed much, since nearly everywhere else I go is disappearing at an alarming rate.
Folsom St goes up to Bernal Heights
In a future post, I’ll write more about the taller Bernal Heights, so until then enjoy what’s left of the San Francisco we used to know.
Keep moving forward!
Everyone knows this hill, or part of it anyway. They know the row of Victorian houses, lovingly called the Painted Ladies, either from the hundreds of pictures taken over the years or from the 80s sitcom “Full House”, recently brought back by Netflix.
Views of the Victorians and the SF skyline
Alamo Heights is also known by runners by being the highest point of the Bay to Breakers, the largest 12k race in the US, quite possibly the world, held each year the third Sunday in May. The Hayes Street Hill is a killer!
Looking up into Alamo Square
The hill is the 42nd highest in San Francisco, 225 feet in height, it seems higher because of the steepness of Hayes, Grove and Fulton Streets. The hill rises abruptly and makes for a great workout either running or walking. I conquered it in a nice run after work and my quads screamed afterwards on my way back home.
The park at the top is quite nice and includes a huge dog friendly area. Expect brisk winds, especially when the fog rolls in.
Coming up, another San Francisco hill!
Keep Moving Forward!
After posting diligently about the San Francisco hills, I’ve taken a quick break and will get back to them later this week.
Things have been busy; my workouts have been great and I’ve been running well. My downfall comes with eating. I eat healthy, just as I always have, but losing weight is difficult. Combine that with the rare occasion when I have a cheat meal and I gain all my weight back. I’ve realized that I need to cut my portions back from what I used to eat. Even with all the workouts and running, I simply cannot eat as much as I used to eat. Such are the ways of getting older.
But giving up is not an option and if I continue to MOVE FORWARD, I will lose the weight I desire and reach my goals.
Have great workouts and continue MOVING FOWARD!!
Part of the trail in Golden Gate Park