The Dish

Me and V at The Dish The Dish is a 3.5-mile walking/running trail at Stanford. It runs along side this huge satellite dish (hence the name) and is popular with walkers and ambitious runners.

The infamous "dish"

This trail is not for the faint-hearted. Its a great place to practice running hills because, well, its nothing but rolling hills! Trying to run it on your first visit will leave you gasping for air.


When I worked in the South Bay, my friend Megan and I used to go to The Dish several times a week. At first we would just walk it, but we'd see little kids running it and knew we could do better. So then we'd walk the flat areas and run the hills. It seemed to make the hills go by faster. But then we'd see old people running it and we couldn't let them show us up; so before we knew it, were running the whole darn thing. Of course seeing Dish Man was extra motivation to run the Dish. Every girl who visits the Dish on a weekday between 5 and 6 pm knows who the Dish Man is.

But since Meg moved away and I changed jobs, I hardly ever get to the Dish anymore. In fact, the last time I'd been there was the Spring, when I got yet ANOTHER ticket there. But that's a whole 'nother story.

Last night I went back to the Dish with my friend V. (Last Fall we ran our first half-marathon together. She's one of the few friends I have who is really into training and eating healthy - a very positive influence on me!)

Getting back to the Dish, I had every intention of running it, but really, who was I kidding? I hadn't run, let alone walked hills like this in ages. Besides, we'd both lifted weights earlier in the day and we were too sore to attempt another hard workout. Instead, we walked (still plenty challenging) and used the time to chit-chat and catch up on life. And sure enough, as if on queue, we saw the Dish Man. :)


Besides being a challenging running trail, the Dish also has some of the best panoramic views of the Peninsula!

Looking over 280


The final descent.


Oh yeah, and we decided that our new goal is to conquer running this again...many more Dish runs to come!