Beth Dean @bethdean

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Mountains, running, outdoors, dogs, travel, and California.

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Sunset over Alcatraz. It’s good to be home.
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Sunset over Alcatraz. It’s good to be home.

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I saw a bunch of monkeys on this mountain, and learned Brazil has the largest urban rainforest in the world.
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I saw a bunch of monkeys on this mountain, and learned Brazil has the largest urban rainforest in the world.

From the balcony of where I was staying in Rio you could look out over Copacabana on one side, and this favela on the other. Even the income disparity in San Francisco did not prepare me to see luxury homes with this level of poverty all around them. This particular favela has been undergoing rapid gentrification, the rumor is David Beckham bought one of the houses pictured here with a pool for the view. Now slum houses are going for hundreds of thousands of dollars. At night I could hear dogs fighting in the favela, it was pretty spooky. Also that mountain off to the right is Corcovado, with the giant Jesus statue.
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From the balcony of where I was staying in Rio you could look out over Copacabana on one side, and this favela on the other. Even the income disparity in San Francisco did not prepare me to see luxury homes with this level of poverty all around them. This particular favela has been undergoing rapid gentrification, the rumor is David Beckham bought one of the houses pictured here with a pool for the view. Now slum houses are going for hundreds of thousands of dollars. At night I could hear dogs fighting in the favela, it was pretty spooky. Also that mountain off to the right is Corcovado, with the giant Jesus statue.

Pretty killer view of Copacabana from my window. I sat on the beach reading Caitlin Doughty’s latest book about death, while drinking out of a coconut. At night, against advice not to, I strolled around to find live Bossa Nova and Samba. In spite of how beautiful Rio is, it’s the most dangerous it’s ever been right now. Militarized police were deployed in July to deal with the drug cartels, and they shot and killed a tourist the day before I got there.
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Pretty killer view of Copacabana from my window. I sat on the beach reading Caitlin Doughty’s latest book about death, while drinking out of a coconut. At night, against advice not to, I strolled around to find live Bossa Nova and Samba. In spite of how beautiful Rio is, it’s the most dangerous it’s ever been right now. Militarized police were deployed in July to deal with the drug cartels, and they shot and killed a tourist the day before I got there.

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I spent a few weeks clearing my head in South America. I loved it and hope to go back soon, but dang I need to learn Spanish. This is a view of Rio from that giant Jesus statue.
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I spent a few weeks clearing my head in South America. I loved it and hope to go back soon, but dang I need to learn Spanish. This is a view of Rio from that giant Jesus statue.

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

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

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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
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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

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

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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
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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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