Beth Dean @bethdean

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Today I got a once in a lifetime whale show. I had the morning to spend in Monterey and had heard there were recent orca sightings (pretty unusual here) and thought I'd take my chances. We got to watch two pods of orcas have a showdown with five humpback whales. There were a lot of angry whale noises, lots of tail slapping, and a bunch of breaching. One swam right under our boat. Also whale breath, it's quite bad. 🐋

#california #pacific #monterey #montereybay #whales #orca #orcas #whalewatching #optoutside #adventure #marinelife
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Today I got a once in a lifetime whale show. I had the morning to spend in Monterey and had heard there were recent orca sightings (pretty unusual here) and thought I'd take my chances. We got to watch two pods of orcas have a showdown with five humpback whales. There were a lot of angry whale noises, lots of tail slapping, and a bunch of breaching. One swam right under our boat. Also whale breath, it's quite bad. 🐋 #california #pacific #monterey #montereybay #whales #orca #orcas #whalewatching #optoutside #adventure #marinelife

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Today was my first marathon, barely over a year from when I started running. 4699 other 🦇 💩 crazy people boarded a bus at 3am down the Pacific Coast Highway, to spend all day running back up it again. The Bixby Bridge comes just after Hurricane Point, the biggest hill on the course, naturally there are terrifying war drums before you start your climb. In total the course has about 2000' of gains which is less than some trail half marathons I've done, but the road miles were way harder on my feet. 
I wrote 261 on my arm, Katherine Switzer's number when she became the first registered woman to finish the Boston Marathon, and her number again this year when she repeated the race two weeks ago on her 50th anniversary. Every time I thought I was suffering I looked at my arm and was grateful to be able to participate, and not have some angry man trying to chase me off the course. 
#california #bigsur #highway1 #pacificcoasthighway #bixbybridge #bigsurinternationalmarathon #marathon #firstmarathon #fromwhereirun #running #run #runnersofinstagram #optoutside #skratchlabs #261
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Today was my first marathon, barely over a year from when I started running. 4699 other 🦇 💩 crazy people boarded a bus at 3am down the Pacific Coast Highway, to spend all day running back up it again. The Bixby Bridge comes just after Hurricane Point, the biggest hill on the course, naturally there are terrifying war drums before you start your climb. In total the course has about 2000' of gains which is less than some trail half marathons I've done, but the road miles were way harder on my feet. I wrote 261 on my arm, Katherine Switzer's number when she became the first registered woman to finish the Boston Marathon, and her number again this year when she repeated the race two weeks ago on her 50th anniversary. Every time I thought I was suffering I looked at my arm and was grateful to be able to participate, and not have some angry man trying to chase me off the course. #california #bigsur #highway1 #pacificcoasthighway #bixbybridge #bigsurinternationalmarathon #marathon #firstmarathon #fromwhereirun #running #run #runnersofinstagram #optoutside #skratchlabs #261

#tbt Been thinking about Yosemite lately, last summer I got soaked on the Mist Trail on my way up to Clouds Rest. What Yosemite peak should I hit this summer? (Nothing people can drive up to!) Do you have a favorite run there?

#yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #california #misttrail #hiking #nationalpark #trailrunning #trailrun #fromwhereirun #getoutside #optoutside #adventure #adventureawaits
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#tbt Been thinking about Yosemite lately, last summer I got soaked on the Mist Trail on my way up to Clouds Rest. What Yosemite peak should I hit this summer? (Nothing people can drive up to!) Do you have a favorite run there? #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #california #misttrail #hiking #nationalpark #trailrunning #trailrun #fromwhereirun #getoutside #optoutside #adventure #adventureawaits

It's raining today in San Francisco so I'm going to look at this picture from my run this weekend and pretend I'm dry and don't have to crank some miles out on a treadmill later. This is the top of the Alamere Falls cascade that goes to the ocean. Usually I will run in the rain but I've gotten soggy approximately 100x too many this season and haven't had enough coffee and am over it. 
#california #marin #bolinas #alamerefalls #pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #waterfall #pacific #running #trailrun #trailrunning #runnersofinstagram #fromwhereirun #optoutside #getoutside #adventure
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It's raining today in San Francisco so I'm going to look at this picture from my run this weekend and pretend I'm dry and don't have to crank some miles out on a treadmill later. This is the top of the Alamere Falls cascade that goes to the ocean. Usually I will run in the rain but I've gotten soggy approximately 100x too many this season and haven't had enough coffee and am over it. #california #marin #bolinas #alamerefalls #pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #waterfall #pacific #running #trailrun #trailrunning #runnersofinstagram #fromwhereirun #optoutside #getoutside #adventure

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In the continental US there are only two tidefalls, waterfalls that go directly into the ocean — this is one of them. This is the lower cascade, you scramble down the cliff about 30' to get to the beach. 
3 years ago this was my first real hike. I weighed a lot more than I do now, and it kicked my ass. I was scared of the scramble, too. I didn't want to be limited in what I could do outdoors, so I started working hard on getting fit. A lot of mountain peaks, and a lot of races later, I ran here today for my light taper. People were surprised these last few years, but not me, because I've never given up on anything I really wanted in my entire life. 
#alamerefalls #pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #marin #bolinas #california #pacific #waterfall #tidefall #running #run #runnersofinstagram #fromwhereirun #trailrunning #trailrun #optoutside #getoutside #adventure #ultimatedirection  #sauconyperegrine7 #skratchlabs
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In the continental US there are only two tidefalls, waterfalls that go directly into the ocean — this is one of them. This is the lower cascade, you scramble down the cliff about 30' to get to the beach. 3 years ago this was my first real hike. I weighed a lot more than I do now, and it kicked my ass. I was scared of the scramble, too. I didn't want to be limited in what I could do outdoors, so I started working hard on getting fit. A lot of mountain peaks, and a lot of races later, I ran here today for my light taper. People were surprised these last few years, but not me, because I've never given up on anything I really wanted in my entire life. #alamerefalls #pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #marin #bolinas #california #pacific #waterfall #tidefall #running #run #runnersofinstagram #fromwhereirun #trailrunning #trailrun #optoutside #getoutside #adventure #ultimatedirection #sauconyperegrine7 #skratchlabs

Sunday Runday. I used to think the people who ran in the headlands (each one of these hills is about 1000') were nuts. Now I can't think of any place I'd rather be on a sunny day. Grateful the rain let up for the weekend. I'm starting tapering for a race, but I thought I would get in one last good hill workout. This was maybe not the best idea after running a half marathon two days ago, so we cut our 12 mile run down to 9, mostly not wanting to get sand in our shoes from the out and back to the beach. 
#marinheadlands #california #pacific #trailrun #bobcattrail #marin #fromwhereirun #instarunners #running #optoutside #run #sauconyperegrine7 #ultimatedirection #skratchlabs
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Sunday Runday. I used to think the people who ran in the headlands (each one of these hills is about 1000') were nuts. Now I can't think of any place I'd rather be on a sunny day. Grateful the rain let up for the weekend. I'm starting tapering for a race, but I thought I would get in one last good hill workout. This was maybe not the best idea after running a half marathon two days ago, so we cut our 12 mile run down to 9, mostly not wanting to get sand in our shoes from the out and back to the beach. #marinheadlands #california #pacific #trailrun #bobcattrail #marin #fromwhereirun #instarunners #running #optoutside #run #sauconyperegrine7 #ultimatedirection #skratchlabs

Ran 21 miles for the first time today. Felt strong for the first 10, in spite of accidentally winding up in the middle of a 5k right about where I took this photo. Unfortunately the marine layer burned off and the next 10 miles from Sausalito to Tiburon were rough. We were in direct sun the whole time and it was zapping the life out of me. I was worried I had killed my running buddy but I found him waiting at the end with the best pizza I have ever eaten. 
#sanfrancisco #crissyfield #california #goldengatebridge #running #fromwhereirun #runnersofinstagram #instarunners #trailrun #sauconyperegrine7 #ultimatedirection #optoutside #adventureawaits
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Ran 21 miles for the first time today. Felt strong for the first 10, in spite of accidentally winding up in the middle of a 5k right about where I took this photo. Unfortunately the marine layer burned off and the next 10 miles from Sausalito to Tiburon were rough. We were in direct sun the whole time and it was zapping the life out of me. I was worried I had killed my running buddy but I found him waiting at the end with the best pizza I have ever eaten. #sanfrancisco #crissyfield #california #goldengatebridge #running #fromwhereirun #runnersofinstagram #instarunners #trailrun #sauconyperegrine7 #ultimatedirection #optoutside #adventureawaits

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A quick photo from the third lap of our 18 mile run, looping around lakes in the shadow of Mt. Tam's East Peak. The first time I saw these lakes from the top of the mountain, I was smitten. This season the lakes are the most full I've seen them and the hills are green, it's good to be out of the drought. I felt stronger on the last few miles than the first few. We finished just in time to be greeted by an annoyed ranger wanting to close the gates and go home. (Sorry!) #marin #california #bontempelake #lakelagunitas #running #trailrunning #runnersofinstagram #fromwhereirun #optoutside #getoutside #saucony #sauconyperegrine7 #ultimatedirection #runner
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A quick photo from the third lap of our 18 mile run, looping around lakes in the shadow of Mt. Tam's East Peak. The first time I saw these lakes from the top of the mountain, I was smitten. This season the lakes are the most full I've seen them and the hills are green, it's good to be out of the drought. I felt stronger on the last few miles than the first few. We finished just in time to be greeted by an annoyed ranger wanting to close the gates and go home. (Sorry!) #marin #california #bontempelake #lakelagunitas #running #trailrunning #runnersofinstagram #fromwhereirun #optoutside #getoutside #saucony #sauconyperegrine7 #ultimatedirection #runner

Taper week, so why not mix it up with 12 miles up and down hills? I can't remember the last time I was this excited to get outside, it's been raining every weekend so my long runs have been soggy. Last week I got hailed on, now we finally have some perfect weather. 
#marin #marinheadlands #pacific #california #fromwhereirun #running #runnersofinstagram #trailrunning #bayarearunner #saucony #ultimatedirection #miwok
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Taper week, so why not mix it up with 12 miles up and down hills? I can't remember the last time I was this excited to get outside, it's been raining every weekend so my long runs have been soggy. Last week I got hailed on, now we finally have some perfect weather. #marin #marinheadlands #pacific #california #fromwhereirun #running #runnersofinstagram #trailrunning #bayarearunner #saucony #ultimatedirection #miwok

#tbt Annual New Year's Day drive down to Big Sur. Everything is all flooded out down there right now, fingers crossed they can get everything back to normal soon. At the end of April I'll be running my first full marathon over this bridge, hope I don't get distracted by the scenery and run into anything! 
#bigsur #bixbybridge #bixbycreekbridge #highway1 #pacific #california #roadtrip
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#tbt Annual New Year's Day drive down to Big Sur. Everything is all flooded out down there right now, fingers crossed they can get everything back to normal soon. At the end of April I'll be running my first full marathon over this bridge, hope I don't get distracted by the scenery and run into anything! #bigsur #bixbybridge #bixbycreekbridge #highway1 #pacific #california #roadtrip

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Ran 14 miles through mud and freezing rain up in Point Reyes with @jec today, but it was all worth it for the few minutes the sun came out. It's been raining for so long in California, I almost forgot what it looked like. It's great to see everything green again. It took me a good 15 minutes to scrub all the mud off my toes when I got home. 
#pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #coastaltrail #coasttrail #california #pacific #bearvalley #fromwhereirun #running #runner #bayarearunners #trailrunning  #optoutside #getoutside
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Ran 14 miles through mud and freezing rain up in Point Reyes with @jec today, but it was all worth it for the few minutes the sun came out. It's been raining for so long in California, I almost forgot what it looked like. It's great to see everything green again. It took me a good 15 minutes to scrub all the mud off my toes when I got home. #pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #coastaltrail #coasttrail #california #pacific #bearvalley #fromwhereirun #running #runner #bayarearunners #trailrunning #optoutside #getoutside

Today it rained during most of my run, so here's a picture from last week's 10 miler from the Ferry Building, and over the bridge into Sausalito. These views never get old, though dodging all the people on the bridge taking selfies does. 
#goldengatebridge #sanfrancisco #fromwhereirun #running #runnersofinstagram #bayarearunners #optoutside #getoutside #California #run #sanfranciscobay
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Today it rained during most of my run, so here's a picture from last week's 10 miler from the Ferry Building, and over the bridge into Sausalito. These views never get old, though dodging all the people on the bridge taking selfies does. #goldengatebridge #sanfrancisco #fromwhereirun #running #runnersofinstagram #bayarearunners #optoutside #getoutside #California #run #sanfranciscobay

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