Thigh-Burning Morning

Looks easy, no?

While DC Metblogs, may have the thigh-burning Exorcist stairs in Georgetown to yap about, San Francisco has multiple free StairMasters that put them to shame. Take my gentle morning run for example.

I decided to start my week in SF with a run up to Telegraph Hill, forgetting how hilly “the Bay Area” really is. Coming from the Embarcadero, I see these stairs leading uphill and think it would be a good wind-sprint to jog to the top. Right. There needs to be a heart-attack warning at the bottom that says:

Even if you’re Olympic-distance Triathlon fit, do NOT attempt this hill without hill-run training – Especially you who is hung over from a night singing at Lefty O’Doul’s

4 Comments so far

  1. Jason S. (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 9:56 am

    I love those stairs, but yeah, there’s a reason I’ve only gone down them. :D

  2. SEAN (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Yeah, I first encountered them while running late for a job interview years ago. I didn’t know the neighborhood that well at the time and thought it would be a shortcut. Nothing like showing up dripping with a sweaty tie hanging from your neck and a nice batch of ‘new shoe’ blisters.

  3. anna (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    I love these steps too- we used to haze new engineers by taking them on a “lunch time walk” which meant, up to coit tower. Halfway through they were calling us every curse word they knew… also glad someone one else enjoys singing at the fake piano bar at Lefty’s! Rock on.

  4. cd (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    Being out in the Sunset, I thought, whew, I never have to try those stairs because they’re just too far away.

    Then I found some pretty impressive flights running up Kirkham Street at about 15th Avenue.


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