Bike battle: How a spat over open space access in Belmont could shape preservation on the Peninsula

As the pandemic drives more people outdoors, cyclists, hikers and environmentalists are in a war of words over who can use two popular trails. Two cyclists on mountain bikes ride on a trail in Waterdog Park in Belmont. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) There’s a neighborhood on the Peninsula where the nature access is almost too good to be true. On one side of Hallmark Drive in the Belmont hills is one of ...

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Struggling to stay zen in 2020? Hit the trails, says running therapist Kjersti Nelson

Plus, three mindfulness exercises to try during your next workout Runners enjoy the sunshine and trails at Byrne Preserve in Los Altos Hills. (Photo by Kjersti Nelson) Beautiful, lean people in glossy magazines love to extol the myriad health benefits of running. And therapists commonly suggest their clients consider physical activity as one way to improve their mental health and mood. But what’s different about Kjersti Nelson’s practice as a marriage & family ...

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Races are canceled. But competitions to set the Bay’s underground ultrarunning records are still on

Blazing trails with Marcy Beard, the female runner setting endurance records around the U.S. Marcy Beard on the High Line Canal Trail in Colorado. (Photos courtesy Marcy Beard) Marcy Beard currently holds 31 women’s records for Fastest Known Time runs — and is the current women’s leader worldwide — but that’s only because she travels more than most people. At least, that’s the humble answer she gave when I asked her about her ...

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The fittest man in Silicon Valley wants you to try the pesto pizza

Triathlete (and coffee entrepreneur) Max Fennell chats Peninsula lifestyle in-between workouts and hustle groups By Charles Russo California Dreaming: Max Fennell talks local lifestyle on the Peninsula. (Photo courtesy of Max Fennell) Menlo Park resident Max Fennell is on the move, and in more ways than one. As metaphors about triathletes go, that’s a bit of a gimme, but Max makes it work in ways that go above and beyond. At 29, he was recently the subject of ...

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Trail run the Peninsula like a pro

Dos and don’ts of Silicon Valley trail running from the experts at ZombieRunner and Fleet Feet (including where to park for free) Scenic trails abound in the Edgewood Preserve. Lace up and go! (Photo by Veronica Weber) If you run, jog or shlog (shuffle-jog) on the Peninsula, you’re probably used to charting routes through neighborhoods that do creepy things like plant enormous hedges in front of mansions and refuse to install sidewalks and streetlights. ...

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Peninsula Running Clubs: The Six Fifty Guide To Finding Your Group

Photo by West Valley Track Club Just moved to the area? Or just need a fresh way to get your butt out of bed in the mornings? Run clubs will help you meet new people and exercise regularly. Good news is there are a bunch on the Peninsula. The issue — knowing where to start. No sweat. We spoke with the top six clubs on the Peninsula to help you decide. Because a running club is ...

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5 Silicon Valley Running Trails So You Can Earn That Thanksgiving Meal

Dan’s Loop via IG: ovyvo Seeing that golden-brown turkey finally come out of the oven after hours of baking is a wondrous sight to behold. But while it induces tears of joy, it also provides many unwanted calories. This Thanksgiving, treat yourself to the Peninsula’s otherworldly displays of natural beauty while burning calories. Yes, we mean running, but running in the most scenic routes. The beautiful, breathtaking views of the Bay Area, ...

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Silicon Valley Triathletes Want To Pump Up Your Workout

Max Fennell is a professional triathlete. Winter is the season we all declare we’ll get fit but many of us don’t actually hit the gym until summer arrives…or later. We spoke with three current and former Silicon Valley triathletes about how they keep their workouts fresh and fun and what specific exercises they recommend for getting back into shape. Bench V-crunches Max Fennell, a professional triathlete since 2014, recommends starting a new exercise routine by ...

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