We are now one week down without the Husband who is away on business…four more sleeps till he gets back, four more!!! This last week, I have been seriously overwhelmed by the kindness of my friends who have filled my diary with dinners, playdates, lunches etc. We have not been lonely, hungry or bored and I am so grateful.
On Saturday morning I was particularly grateful to my dear friend Melinda who looked after the Dude (along with her own THREE children) early on Saturday morning so I could get my long run in. I arrived with a sleepy pre-schooler, pastries and flowers but then abandoned them and ran off.
This was seriously the hardest run I have ever done. It felt like I was running uphill the entire way although there were two long downhills. There was an utterly gorgeous mile running down the trail in a local park where I had my music on, it was shady, I was stretching my legs…I was flying. Until I got to the end of the trail and found this sign.
But then it was up a killer local hill, down the other side and along a flat mile or two – except that the flat mile or two contained a couple of hills. And then a two mile slog uphill – the hills were so steep that I just had to walk. My tired legs could take it no more.
I also stopped at a yard sale that I was passing – in two sweaty, breathless minutes, I committed to buying a step-stool for the Dude, a chair for the Dude, a bookcase for me, a lamp for the Husband and some cookie tins, all for $20!! And then it was one final hill and then a much appreciated downhill plunge back to pick up the Dude.
This was by far the hardest run I have ever done – I ran 12.1 miles in 2.07.24 at a 10.35 pace. One of my slowest runs ever, but I am proud of it!
Here’s the elevation graph. I have to be honest, I’m kind of proud of this too 😉
And here’s the loot from the yard sale. The moral of the story is: always do Saturday morning runs through swanky neighbourhoods!
The rest of the weekend was pretty wicked as well.
A Saturday trip to Berkeley, a ride on the steam-train in Tilden Park with the Dude and then coffee with the lovely Jen!
A Sunday trip into San Francisco with the beautiful Laura – a good friend from the UK who has recently moved here but somehow hadn’t been into San Francisco.
Okay. Onto the new week. Four more sleeps….