And the award goes to:

Saucony Ride 5 for ‘My Right Shin’!!!

Seriously,what is going on with the Shin from Hell?

Let’s recap. Thursday…pain. Not insignificant amounts. So I drop out of the Lake Chabot Half as the wise thing to do.

NOT so wise is to aim to run 11 miles instead, but that’s what I tried on Saturday morning. Instead of a trail half-marathon, I chose paved paths around my town, where I could change direction and hobble home at any point if the need arose.

It didn’t arise. To be fair, the first mile or two were a little uncomfortable. I wore my new Saucony Rides with the (expensive) insoles they sold me as well. It actually seemed to make my IT band ache, but not my shin. Very little shin pain. And by mile three, I was feeling fine. By mile five, deep in thought about something, I realised I was running normally. So I kept going and ran my 11 miles on a glorious, sunny California morning. 11 miles in 1.42 at a 9.18 pace. How did that happen, eh? The only niggle was slightly numb forefeet,I’m not sure the Glides have enough cushioning for long runs. But they did a cracking job on my shin, so I’m happy!


Spring is springing in the Bay Area!

Dropping out of Lake Chabot was without doubt the wisest decision and I don’t regret it but I was a little grumpy inside when the start time came. But also, a massive thank you to the sweet people at Inside Trail who kindly allowed me to put a proportion of my fee towards another race once I’m healed.

My 11 miles put me in a VERY good mood and the rest of the weekend was a corker actually!


My lovely friends put on a fantastic belated birthday dinner for me.
I felt much loved.


My little boy spent his Fro-Yo gift card and ‘treated me’!
The first time he’s treated me to something. I was a little emotional.


Someone wore his shades for the whole of church!


Lunch at one of my favourite places – Alice’s biker cafe!

And it finished off with the Oscars. One of the best things about living in America is being able to watch them live – in the UK, you just get to look at the photos the next day. I  loved every minute of the ridiculousness!

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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12 Responses to And the award goes to:

  1. That’s so cool they let you transfer some of your fee to another race! And awesome that your shin is feeling better. Also, holy wow, that is a giant group of friends for your birthday celebration. You must be a really swell person in real life too, which is what I suspected of you!

  2. Sounds like a great weekend. I hope you figure out what is causing the pain.

  3. Jen says:

    I really am beginning to suspect that your shin is bipolar! Well, anyway, I hope it stays at bay. And how nice of Inside Trail to transfer some of your race fees. I was just looking at the Woodside Ramble or China Camp race… what do you think about those?

    • Cathryn says:

      That’s so funny. We’re watching ‘Homeland’ and I desperately wanted to describe my shin as bi-polar but was worried it would be offensive.But yes it IS bi-polar!
      I’m doing Coastal Trail Run’s Woodside Run in August (do it too?) but China Camp is a def possibility.

  4. Bean says:

    OH man all I can think about is froyo now. Haven’t had that in forever. Glad the shin is feeling better!

  5. Angela says:

    Glad they let you defer part of your fee — that’s great!

    & belated happy birthday! 🙂

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