It’s been a good few weeks since I last ran on the trails and it’s been like an itch that needed a darn good scratch. I’ve been a little wary of running alone in forests due to mountain lions and of running alone in grassland due to snakes, so that limited my options. But on Friday, I just had to get it out my system. So I headed off to Woodside, where there are trails that run parallel to the road – pretty perfect for the lone female runner.
Talking of lone female runners…I suspect most of you read Angela’s blog (if you don’t, you should). But this weekend she wrote a really important post about protecting yourself if you’re attacked during a run. Read it now before you run next!!
Anyway…I started off with a little 1.5 mile loop in Wunderlich Park, braving the mountain lions on the forest trails. It was pretty gorgeous. And then I headed out onto the roadside trails for a loop, before redoing the 1.5m forest loop again. 10 miles in all at 10.05 pace and I felt flipping great.
On Saturday,whilst the future IronHusband trained, the Dude and I headed to the Maker Faire in San Mateo – an amazing exhibition where crazy scientists and inventors display their efforts. Loads of steampunk (which I love), loads of flashing LED lego, loads of amazing things. We went specifically to meet Stacey, who is the captain of our Wild West Relay in August in Colorado. She and her husband had flown in specifically for the Maker Faire, but we managed to sneak off, chat and talk through all the details for the relay. She addressed my concerns (bears, elk, getting lost, darkness etc) and I am now super excited for it!!! It was so great to meet her, it’s going to be loads of fun.
Sunday featured a very nice, easy 3 mile run and a trip to the local running store so the Husband could buy a visor for his Ironman – a running hat proved too hot last week. He now owns a visor and looks totally American in it. We have renamed him ‘Hank’ and he is calling me Ma’am. We’re going native. :)