tomales point

I had two goals for today – try an extra long hike just to get used to the mileage, and break in my hiking boots. They’re Ahnu Sugarpines, brand new, and probably the lightest boots I could find that didn’t look super ugly:


I dragged myself out of bed at 6am and made it up to the trailhead around 8:15, after circling back to take some pictures of the early morning fog settling over the bay:


So beautiful. Point Reyes has so much wildlife, it’s amazing. Bajillions of baby bunnies along the road, those little quail-ish birds, and I even saw a fox?dingo?something? driving in. Everyone comes for the elk of course – the hike itself isn’t particularly challenging. Just a little long. But the views at the end are totally worth it. I hauled along a Lou’s sandwich and it never tasted so good, sitting there watching the ocean.

PS I met Prongs.




I’ve been bad about it, so I tried working out when I got home today. Here’s a rundown of what I did:

  • 1/2 of PIIT 1.3
  • went out for a run, but then died going up the hill so maybe ran just under a mile
  • stretched
  • back/lat bodyweights
  • tried a couple quick monkii workouts, can’t wait til the actual monkii bars arrive – probably didn’t need to buy the PIIT workouts, but I like to switch it up
  • 10 elevated pushups
  • plank
  • 30 situps
  • stretched

I think I have issues focusing and making it all the way through sets. Tomorrow maybe I’ll make a run up to Coit Tower if it’s nice enough outside.



I don’t profess to keep the healthiest diet, but once in while, I’ll cook something that I get all impressed with myself for making because it tastes better than expected. Last time, it was some shrimp pasta with sun-dried tomato cream sauce. This time – omurice.

I sorta failed at the omelet part, but the rice more than made up for it.

Stir fry 1/2 sweet onion + shiitake mushrooms + garlic salt. Add cooked chicken thigh, also seasoned with garlic salt + a little tomato umami paste. Add cooked white rice and continue stir frying. Add ketchup and stir in. Cook omelet with egg + milk + a little cheese until wet, but not runny. Slide the egg on top and there you go.

Omurice + Burn Notice:


It’s slightly salty – I can feel the urge to drink water, but still yum.


change of hike plans

Sticking to an order isn’t super feasible, so I’m just going to hike them as they come. Generally, I need to up my mileage and gain some stamina for the huge 4000-5000 ft climb. This is now my to-hike list and I’ll do as many as I can:

Castle Rock State Park – 5.5 mi, 1000 ft gain, lots of scrambles
Mission Peak – 6.5 mi, 2200 ft gain, half of half-dome
Mitchell Canyon-Eagle Peak Loop, Mount Diablo – 7.8 mi, 2200 ft gain, heat/endurance
Berry Creek Falls Loop (Big Basin) – 10 mi, 2000 ft gain, waterfalls! +mileage
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tam Loop – 16 mi, 3200 ft gain, mileage
Tomales Point – 9.4 mi, 1200 ft gain, mileage
Mt. Wittenberg and Bear Valley Loop – 13.8 mi, 1800 ft gain

sunscreen is your friend

I’m guilty of going too easy on the sunscreen most of the time. I find it’s such a pain to rub it in evenly, and I usually don’t burn too badly. Yesterday was an exception, or it’s just global warming, but those rays where deathly out in the Presidio. Even my scalp got burned a bit, where my hair part is. My face has already started peeling a bit and everything is pretty uncomfortable right now. I don’t think I’ve been burned this much since that one unfortunate day at the beach when I forgot to put sunscreen on the back of my legs and we laid out for a good two hours, yikes.

I went and purchased spray sunscreen and a new bottle from Target right after I realized just how baked I was yesterday, so I’ll be sure to use them thoroughly these next few weeks and see how they stack up against the old Neutrogena favorite.

As a result, today is also a no-movement day. I’m really sucking at this exercise thing, yikes.



mission peak


Hiked Mission Peak this morning. I woke up late and detoured to make a stop for chicken minis, so I didn’t start hiking until a little after 8:30. By then, the sun was already starting to beat down on the trail even though the air temperature wasn’t too warm. But any sustained amount of time under direct sunlight will eventually start to take it’s toll, that’s for sure. Note to self, stop snoozing your alarm.

I made it to the top in 1.5 hours, which isn’t bad considering it took me at least 40 minutes to do the last mile where it gets fairly steep and rocky. It was also sweltering by then. But there was a nice breeze going at the top.

I ran about a mile and a half of the way down before my knees started feeling the strain, so I made it back in under an hour. By then I was definitely ready for a nap.

Other notes:

– Skip the chicken minis for breakfast – it’s not good exercise fuel
– Fridge the water overnight so it stays even colder
– Get new sunscreen because now I have a weird rash on my face, sigh
– Dance metal/metalcore is good for hikes:

Tomorrow is Castle Rock, provided I don’t wake up too sore to move.


“rest days”

Yesterday I decided to take a rest day because the soreness was more intense than I thought it would be and I didn’t want to end up injuring myself. Then happy hour happened and now today is a rest day too.

I’m definitely climbing Mission Peak tomorrow. Mileage isn’t too bad and elevation gain is more moderate from Ohlone College, approximately 7+ miles. Welp.