Soldiering on!

I’ve had a string of good runs (minus last week’s stroller run grimness) so I was due a rough one. And it came on Sunday – my 9-mile long run. I can think of several reasons for this. 1) Poor diet (ie too much quantity, too much rubbish, too much wine) resulting in general feelings of lardiness and sluggishness. 2) I wore heels three times over the weekend so my calves were REALLY tight during this run. 3) Too many clothes. Yes it was cold but the sun was quite warm. I dressed for a race in Alaska!

I suspect it was a mix of all three reasons but from the very first steps, it felt rough. Like I was crawling. I knew immediately it wouldn’t be a fun run but rather a character test to slog on and get it done. So I did. It didn’t help that Nike Plus was waaaay off course – it told me my first mile was 13 min miles which I knew wasn’t right (10 or 11 min miles maybe today, but not 13). But that put me in a negative mood after one mile. But I soldiered on and tackled my first hill for a long time – a ruthless little beast that I crawled up and staggered down. But things loosened after that hill – I felt a little stronger, I may have run slightly faster as I relaxed. By the last mile, I felt pretty okay.

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My town. Not ugly, is it! I’m lucky.

Nike Plus (I’m not a fan today) told me I did 10.5 miles. I thought this was a little much so used two mapping tools to check the route and both told me it was 9.5. Does anyone have any experience of Nike Plus screwing up like this?? Apart from the Healdsburg Half where it was waaaay off course, I usually think it’s tolerably accurate!

But anyway. 9.5 miles ticked off, in an unimpressive 1.31.08 at 9.35. It was an exercise in mental discipline and I did it. This week, I eat less, I eat better, I wear flats!!!

On a cheerier note, here are some snaps of the weekend. It was a social one – most unusual!!!

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Girls night out. My first oyster.
Not bad, not great. Next time, I’ll stick with the garlic bread.

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Date Night in San Francisco.
We are obsessed with sushi, these days.

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Date Night – San Francisco in her party outfit!

So that was our weekend. NEXT weekend promises to be even more exciting because, on Thursday, the Dude and I are leaving the Husband and the cat for three weeks and going home to the UK to see our families. Apart from the whole ‘leaving the Husband’ thing, we are ridiculously excited!!

Not that we’re sneaking in a day-trip to Paris, or anything like that!

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.
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15 Responses to Soldiering on!

  1. Liz says:

    Hi Cat does that mean you’ll be this side for your birthday? Will send card to your mum’s if so! Am sure you’vegot loads planned snow is falling here so wrap.up warm! XXx ps do get in touch if u want to meet anowhere eg York sculpture park our boys would have a ball!! X

    • Cathryn says:

      Yes, i’ll be at home for my birthday. I would love to meet up but my Yorkshire week is kind of tight as I don’t want to take time away from the Grandparents up there. I’ll drop you a note. xxx

  2. Oooooo you are going home to visit! Exciting! I really want to go home for a visit. It has been over a year and a half now 😦

  3. Jade says:

    Maybe sometimes you have to sacrifice a good run for a great weekend? I hope you have the best visit to the UK!

  4. aleksruns says:

    “By the last mile, I felt pretty okay.” — see? Seems to me it wasn’t that bad, after all! 🙂 I’m jealous you get to go to Europe. And that Paris will be a short tunnel ride away 🙂 But hats off to embarking on that cross-country-cross-Atlantic flight on your own, with a toddler!

    • Cathryn says:

      Like I said to Jen, the first few miles were miserable…but it got better!! Luckily the Dude is a great flyer…this will be the 5th or 6th transatlantic flight I’ve done by myself with him, he’s good company although I don’t get to sleep much. And we have day-trip flights to Paris booked with my Mum…can’t wait!!!

  5. Jen says:

    I agree with aleksruns — if you felt ok eventually, it couldn’t have been *that* bad. 😉 I had a terrible run last week too… it’s just bound to happen once in a while, I guess. It does suck when it’s happening though.

    Not sure about Nike Plus, but my Garmin acts up when it’s running low on battery… or if I start running before it’s actually “secured” the GPS signal. On a related note, I’ve turned off the beeping on my watch (it goes off at every mile) and I really, really prefer it because I look at my Garmin SO much less now! I just stopped caring so much about pacing, except for speed workouts. I don’t know if that would be a solution to you, esp if the Nike Plus continues to act all wonky?

    Have a FABULOUS trip home!! Can’t wait to hear all about your running adventures in Britain. 🙂

    • Cathryn says:

      You know, the first three or four miles were rough but it DID get better. And I feel mentally stronger anyway. I’ll try charging my iPhone to 100% and see what happens!! Hurrah for Britain, eh?

  6. I haven’t been real impressed with the Nike plus app. I think it has issues but I have not decided to spend the money on the Garmin just yet. The good news it that if I am using the Nike app, it means I am running! Hope you have fun on your trip!

    • Cathryn says:

      Thanks. i kind of feel the same about nike plus…PLUS it’s a phone which makes me safer. Or feel safer, anyway. I think I’ll just wear an old cr*ppy watch and chek my route online just to be sure.

  7. Bean says:

    How exciting that you get to go home. I hope you have a great time! Looks like such a fun weekend- the fact that you even ran at all after wearing heels is impressive to me. I am tall so hardly ever attempt it but when I do I feel I need days to recover from walking on my toes. Nothing makes me more mad than when I know my garmin is messing with me- every once in awhile the mile times will be so ridiculous I know it has to be messing with me.

    • Cathryn says:

      Exactly. Once it told me I did a 5 min mile. I wasn’t as upset that time, obviously! Oh well, we’ll see how it works tomorrow. And yay for the UK…assuming the airport doesn’t close for snow!

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