Last month I flew across the pond with adidas and touched down 8 hours behind in San Francisco. The Jetlag hit me hard. So hard that at one point I thought I was in Chicago. I also thought the The Golden Gate Bridge was called The Red Gate Bridge. I still think my name is better but apparently it’s too late to change it.
Still, in my confused and delirious state I met some incredibly charming people, bore witness to some beautiful scenes and adopted a brand new Instagram husband.
Here’s my trip to San Francisco with adidas in bite-size form.
After checking into The Clift Hotel (very nice but no in-room kettle- sacrilege!) I was presented with adidas Ultra Boost X trainers and took them for trail runs from Lands End to Ocean Beach;
on a track session around Kazer Stadium;
up the steep hill of Filbert St and down one of the most iconic streets in San Fran, Lombard St.
in a huge warehouse on treadmills;
and eventually reaching the top of Bernal Heights Summit before taking on our greatest run, across The Red Gate- sorry, Golden Gate Bridge.
All the outdoor runs were at jogging pace, in wet and foggy conditions but with the most scenic views and certainly landmarks to visit on a short trip, easy to get to by car if running everywhere isn't your thing.
I ate breakfast and dinner at Clift hotel which was nice and on my final day we had 2 hours to squeeze in some sight seeing, out of our running kit. Here’s some San Fran experiences I can thoroughly recommend:
1. Be A Shameless Tourist
When I’m in a foreign country I take pleasure in the simplest things. My friend Adrienne swooned as she spoke to an American Police Officer, aka a cop, and I was made up by the sight of a bright yellow school bus, half expected to see Bart Simpson in the window.
2. Get On A Tram
From Grand Union Square we took an old tram all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. The hills in San Fran are so steep that at times it feels as though you’re on a roller coaster and you can even hang your feet off the edge for a more thrilling experience. *Scream if you wanna go faster*.
3. Buy Some Tat!
You’ve been there. Done that. Got the $10 fridge magnet to prove it.
4. Connect with people
Experience's are better when shared and although I went on a trip with friends I know back home, I had the pleasure of meeting my girl crush Hannah Andersson, reconnected with Sophietta and Julia who I once met in Paris and talked DS lips with Hannah Bronfman (Google it).
Have you been to San Francisco? What did I miss?