This weekend’s long run was 8 miles, as I build my way back up to half-marathon fitness. I always feel like ‘long runs’ start at 9 miles, I have no idea why. But Sunday’s run was the longest I’ve run for a long time. I was going to run before church but the morning was grey, cold and it was raining heavily so I waited till we got back and then set out. The miles were uninteresting but were a good time for me to process some things I’ve been thinking about lately. They also didn’t feel that difficult, I could have kept going at the end although I gladly ground to a halt and then stood in the kitchen and ate ALL the leftovers from last night’s apple and blueberry crumble. It was utterly fabulous, every mouthful. No guilt. I love running.
Aside from running this weekend, we went down to Palo Alto and to Stanford University. For UK readers, Stanford is one of the top universities in the country. We explored the campus and then went to the Cantor Museum – the on-campus art gallery. It was fantastic, I was blown away by it actually. It had everything – African, Asian, South-American and European art and sculpture, some modern art, some local art and some Rodin sculptures. (Seriously, how much sculpting did Rodin do? Everywhere I go, they have a big collection of Rodin. Was there a Rodin production line??? I’m Rodin-ed out!). I really appreciated how they trusted me to manage my own child instead of hovering over us, giving us dirty looks like in some SF galleries. And I particularly loved the Islamic Art section – a tiny little section with some fantastic pieces that I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. And best of all….the Cantor Museum is free and it has a fantastic cafe. So if you’re Bay Area based, get down there now!
And I heard from the running shop this weekend…I’m getting new shoes tomorrow 😉