Lands End Trail Hike

I had the day off of work today so I decided to take my dog hiking along the coast of San Francisco!

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I thought this would be a good low-impact activity for me now that my leg seems to be doing really well and free of pain. San Francisco is blessed with the Lands End Trail-a gorgeous walking trail along the coast of the city with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, mountains and the beautiful ocean.

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It ended up being a perfect day outside for a hike-the weather was mild, there was no fog or heavy cloud coverage so the sun was shining, and the water looked more blue than I think I have ever seen it here!

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Marin Headlands

(The North Face Endurance Challenge takes place through these mountains..I can’t wait!)

We followed the “Coastal Trail”

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I’m not exactly sure how far we went, but we walked for about an hour and a half. My dog, Emmi, finally got to take her picture with the Golden Gate Bridge:

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Obligatory tourist photo

It isn’t a strenuous hike; however, there are a few hills and steep staircases. My dog is not a big fan of going up and down stairs because she has such long, skinny greyhound legs- but she did pretty well!

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Dog’s eye view

Today reminds me why I love living in Northern California so much. It’s fun to live in a big city, but the accessibility to the beautiful outdoors is what I appreciate the most.

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This is exactly why I was motivated to start running in the first place!

There were several runners along the path; I will definitely come back when I am able to train again! I’m enjoying having the gym membership but I can’t be stuck inside all of the time. I wasn’t running through the trails today, but it still made for a great day outside!

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Now let’s get some food!

-J

 

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17 thoughts on “Lands End Trail Hike

  1. How is your greyhound for distance running? I’m thinking someday that’s the type I would like to have. I’m a marathoner too..so 13-18 miles is a normal LNG run on Sundays.

    • My dog and I have run a mile or two together but I’ve never really taken her for a longer run. I know greyhounds are sprinters and I’m not sure that they are built for long distances. From what I understand they have enough energy stored in their muscles for small bursts of energy, but I don’t know how they would do over a longer period of time. You could definitely look in to it, but my little girl is pretty worn out after a short time. They are extremely affectionate and awesome though!!

  2. When I see the pictures of your greyhound I really miss ours. He looked a lot like her. What awesome dogs, just so well behaved, great temperaments. (you probably didn’t expect your comments to be all about greyhounds did you?)

    • You had a greyhound?? They are really amazing animals..I don’t think everyone knows exactly how well behaved and sweet they are. Whenever I take her out I get so many questions about her, a lot of people have never been around them. I don’t mind talking about greyhounds at all πŸ™‚

      • Greyhounds are the best kept secret in dog-dom. He was my wife’s dog when we got marriied — he was, a retired racer. He was retired when he was 2 which either means he wasn’t that fast or didn’t focus so well. I wasn’t sure at first, because greyhounds are not your typical slobber and jump all over you kind of dogs. Which now we have a couple of black labs who are exactly that… but oh man was he a great dog. He had what we think was a stroke a couple years ago – really miss him but so glad to have had him. I would definitely consider getting a greyhound again.

      • My girl was only 2 when I got her as well. I was told she didn’t want to leave the starting box so she never ran a race. I can so see it too..she is really stubborn! So sorry to hear about your dog! Dogs really make such a lasting impression on your life. I would definitely adopt another greyhound πŸ™‚

  3. I love days off work when you can just spend a beautiful sunny day outside. Best days!
    I was just in San Fran for my first time in May. We went for a run along the water and it was beautiful.
    I have never run a marathon and was considering it for October this year but I think my body prefers the half distance so will stick with that. Good luck in your race!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • Awesome, I hope you enjoyed your stay! I love running along the water, I feel like I can run forever with that kind of a view! The half distance feels the best for me too. It’s challenging, but doesn’t quite take a toll on your body like a full marathon. I ran a full last March and during the race I swore I would never run more than a half again! Now I want to because I feel more mentally prepared, but we will see what I’ve gotten myself in to! Good luck with your training and thank you as well!!

      • Maybe one day then I will change my mind and run a full.

        We did enjoy our stay and hope to go back again in a few years. We have some other places on our list of things to see before we go back.

        Take care and happy running.

  4. Beautiful! SF is a wonderful place. I am jealous that you are able to run with your dog. I’ve always wanted a running buddy in dog form, but am deathly allergic to them 😦

  5. Your dog is gorgeous! I love greyhounds. Such gentle creatures for being so huge! I love hiking would definitely love to go to San Fran some day. I get to look forward to running in Dubai… Not sure how that is going to go but there is a huge scene for running there…

    • Thank you, she is such a sweet girl! San Francisco has so much to offer besides a big-city life and that is why I love it here. Interest..Dubai would be awesome. I’ve actually seen several running bloggers talk about running there!

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