This week we interviewed the General Manager of Fleet Feet Sports San Francisco, Dan! Dan is very passionate about helping people out with all their running needs. He has just finished the New York Marathon and loves to challenge himself. He enjoys running all over the bay so he can eat as much pizza from Hole in the Wall as possible. Dan will be leading his weekly lunchtime fun runs at our Fleet Feet Sports SOMA location so don’t forget to stop by and chat with him!
1. What is your favorite running route in the city?
My favorite place to run in the city is the Presidio. It’s where I lived when I first moved to the city and it still feels like home.
2. What is your current/favorite running shoe?
My favorite running shoe is the Mizuno Inspire 11 because it got me to the finish line at the New York City Marathon.
3. Are you training for anything at the moment, which race?
I just finished a race and I don’t have anything else on my schedule yet, I’d like to take part in a team relay or an ultra in the next few years.
4. What got you in to running?
I grew up in England and they have a really strong grassroots running culture that got me into the sport and I stuck with it through high school and college.
5. What is your favorite restaurant in the city, why?
House of Prime Rib because they give you second servings.
6. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
I like to get across one of the bridges and be outdoors as much as possible.
Everyday one can find flocks and flocks of runners racing each other pier by pier along the concrete stretch between Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. With the iconic view of the historical Ferry Building and a flat stretch of concrete that extends for miles without a stop light disturbing your training, the Embarcadero tends to be a huge favorite amongst the San Francisco running community. Yet with all its attractions (weekly Farmer’s Market and Giant’s games), it can get pretty hectic along the bay making the traffic so dense that many runners are put off by the constant dodging.
So rather than clipping countless shoulders while out on a run, how about soaking in the city skyline after the sun sets?
Burning Man Light Sculpture
After all the young professionals file out of the Financial District and the tourists make it back to their cruise ship, the street lamps turn on and brighten up an empty path of miles and miles for you to conquer. As you race towards the ball park you have the city skyline lit up on your right, the Bay Bridge light show on your left and nothing blocking you as you keep moving forward.
Nighttime at the Embarcadero is an ideal opportunity to get in some speed work or a peaceful long run. There are plenty of checkpoints along the way like the light sculpture from Burning Man or Cupid’s Span buried right off the Bay Bridge that remind you of the beautiful city you are so lucky to be running in.
And if you’re eager to catch the game you can even take a little break in the park’s standing room. Most people forget about this opportunity to watch the game free of charge. You’ll feel like you’re standing in the outfield with the team as you face the stadium from underneath Levi’s Landing.
So with all these perks, what are you waiting for?