Swinging by the Post Office

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A quick ‘n hilly run in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.

Working from home can provide a certain amount of flexibility. For attire, no one minds (or knows) if I’m wearing pajamas, a blazer, or some strange combination of the two. Days can go by without me even looking at my makeup; it’s common that I won’t even know where I’ve misplaced it. But I think my favorite part of working remotely is that it makes it easy to work out over lunch.

San Francisco provides a lot of variety when it comes to running, with awesome views and novelties to distract you along the way. You can battle the tourists and run along the Embarcadero, through Fisherman’s Wharf and to Fort Mason (a guilty pleasure of mine) or take advantage of the flat terrain at Golden Gate Park or along Ocean Beach. But most workdays, it makes sense to stick around the office (read: apartment), making it easy to run errands at the same time, like today’s trek to the closest USPS.

With great views, a rope swing, and enough hills to make you feel like you still earned your lunch, Diamond Heights has quickly become a favorite running neighborhood. And if you need to grab some stamps at the post office or make a visit to Safeway, might I recommend this 2 mile loop? Here’s some sights you might see along the way:

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Goldfish as art on Miguel Street.

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Billy Goat Hill, and even the street leading up to it, are definitely not short on views. With a rope swing and a frequent abundance of fluffy dogs, it’s by far my highlight of the run. 

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Another great thing about running in this city? You never know what sort of pretty or quirky homes you’ll pass on the way back from wherever you were (even if it was simply mailing your long belated and horribly overdue birthday greetings).

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1. Midday swing
 2. Outdoor fishbowl 
  3. Mosaic walls on Miguel St. 
   4. City view 
 5. Steps to swinging
(w/ a view of Bernal Hill
and Bernal Heights Park)
6. Billy Goat Hill
7. Home on Laidley St.

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