A Random Running Round-Up

Last week was a funny week of running. A week characterised by much slacking, much procrastinating and much MUCH busyness. The in-laws flew back to the UK and I had about 48 hours to pull together the Dude’s birthday party which was slightly stressful but worked out well in the end. As such, I found a million excuses not to run even though I really wanted to. What’s that all about?

Ridiculously proud of this very unprofessional cake!

On Wednesday, I had a tough stroller run planned. But the Dude wanted to run. Not only that, he wanted to race. So he needed a number. ‘What number do you want?’ I asked him. ‘1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10’, he told me. So he got them all, with his name underneath, pinned onto his top. He then insisted on doing my number but can only write ‘1’ so I was number one. He wrote ‘Mummy’ underneath (in a secret script only he can read) so I translated above. And then we had to find our running watches. It took about half an hour to get out the door. We then posed for photographs and started running. After all the drama, he ran for about 100 yards before insisting he walked as his legs ached. A little frustrating but also very sweet. I am loving watching him get more interested in running and racing. I’m not going to put any pressure on him ever to run or to race or to do anything but I am keen that he learns that exercise is a normal, good part of life, and I’m excited that he’s picking up on this.

Ready to race….for 100 yards at least!
My number

So Thursday dawned and as soon as it DID dawn I was out the house like a bat out of hell. I couldn’t find my running watch or the iPhone so I ran blind. I ran 5 miles (my running path has mile markers) and basically ran a slow half-mile and then a fast half-mile. My clumsy version of speedwork. It went well (I think). I was tired and achy legged at the end and felt like I’d had my first proper work-out for a while. A good feeling. And obviously I found my watch as soon as I stepped inside the door.

On Saturday, I wanted to do a decent long run. I had the Dude so we headed out – we got less than 100 yards and I twisted my ankle on a speed bump in our development. It FLIPPING hurt, I sat on the (very quiet) road, having to breathe through the pain until it calmed down for me to limp home. I spent the afternoon icing on the bed. Hmmm.

Me and the peas….

So Sunday. Hurrah – a dull ache on the ankle but it was good enough for me to want to try running. So I went for my first ever trail run. Seriously, I went. And I loved it. But you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to hear about that. Bet you can’t wait!

And finally…I caught up with one of my friends last week, Joanne, who is getting into her half-marathons!! I hadn’t seen her for ages so was totally unprepared for a very sweet present of a medal-rack and bib-displayer!! They’re really pretty too, not like some of the clunkier ones out there. Thanks Joanne. Hmm…this makes me want more bling. We have so little as a family that we’ve decided to use it for keys as well.

Look at all that space for future medals!

New week. Must Run More.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Nic J says:

    Now THAT’S an approach to take – what number do you want? All of them. And you get number one. With a secret symbol that looks remarkablly like the symbol for the artist formerly known as Prince. Are you two one and the same? Is it spooky how you’ve never been in the same room together? I spy a mystery here…
    Top marks also for the cake. Don’t think Mary Berry needs to worry, but bet it tasted fantastic!
    And finally – I want a medal rack. Mine are currently all dumped in the bottom of a cupboard – what do you do with old medals? I can’t throw mine away as each one means something, but getting enough to be needing two hands to pick them up (collected over 15 years, it’s probably worth clarifying. Brother-in-law has army cap badges in a display case/picture frame – maybe that’s an idea…

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, I really like my medal rack. I only have a few, I have no idea where my old ones are. I’d like to find my London Marathon medal, I’m sure it’s here in CA somewhere.
      Cake was good, was very happy. But no, Mary Berry is at no risk!!
      Likely to be in Wiltshire for the first two weeks in Feb! Get checking out races 😉

      1. Nic J says:

        First two weeks in Feb? Sounds good – will start looking out for events!

  2. Jen says:

    The DIY bibs are SO cute. Sorry to hear that you didn’t get much running in last week, but glad that you got some trail time and that your ankle is healing nicely. Oh, and happy belated birthday to the little Dude!

    1. Cathryn says:

      His birthday is tomorrow (we had his party early) so you’re not late at all!!! Ankle much better today, phew.

  3. Bean says:

    That cake is awesome! The racing with the Dude is very cute. You are setting such an awesome example for him. Probably won’t belong till you are both signing up for races;).

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks! I’m glad he enjoys it. I would LOVE to run a race with him at some point, it would be so much fun. Kristin Armstrong talks about racing with her daughters on Runners World and it gets me really excited.

  4. Can’t wait to hear about that first trail run. I had a similar ankle weirdness this weekend. I felt sure on Saturday that I had done some permanent damage to it, but when I tried speed work (kind of stupid, I know) today, it felt great (so it turned out not as stupid as I thought). And a birthday and his first race in one week! Your son is living a great life!

  5. Cathryn says:

    Sneak preview…I LOVED it!!! But yes on the ankle…it hurt badly when I did it, but got better quickly. Glad about that. And if you think the Dude is living a great life, wait till Wednesday’s post!! Bet you won’t be able to sleep 😉

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