Back to Edgewood!

Oh London, how much I missed you and your marathon this weekend! My friends (who don’t know each other at all) finished less than a minute apart – how weird is that? Congratulations Gillian and Madeleine!

Made me proud
Made me proud

Here, the weekend started in the best possible way….a trail run with Juli. This was our second attempt to conquer Edgewood Park with our children – the last time left us exhausted (after two miles) but BUZZING on endorphins for days. So on Saturday morning, we were early to the park, the Dude still in his pajamas. We doled out banana and oatmeal muffins to the passengers and set off.

Ready to go…
Uphill ALL the way!
Worth it for the views at the top
Even the baby loved it!
Quick…stop every hiker and get them to take our photo!

Just under four fabulous, hilly, sunny, exhausting, exhilerating miles later, we got back to the car-park with massive grins on our faces. The children utterly loved it – their shrieks of delight as we ran downhill echoed around the park but luckily the hikers didn’t seem to mind!  The squealing also gave any mountain lions a big heads-up that we were coming! We got lots of smiles of support and the odd comment that we were crazy (in a nice  way) and it was fab. No children were injured (!), only one stroller lost its front wheel (twice) and we also helped out a runner with a nose-bleed. 3.8 miles in what seemed like five minutes but was much much longer in reality, and five BIG grins at the end!

Gorgeous Edgewood
Downhill all the way now..
Speeding to the car….

I am seriously getting into trail running! (And all of you guys go “WE TOLD YOU SO!!”) I know my efforts have been MINIMAL so far but it is SO much more fun than running roads. The feeling of being outside, in woods or fields, is just exhilarating! Running with Juli is also fab because we laugh all the time. The Dude loves it too; he senses the difference between a dutiful run round the neighborhood where we live and the fun and squeals generated by rocks and roots and bumpy bits on the trail! I am still buzzing after Saturday’s run and in SUCH a good mood!

I intended to run on Sunday, but haven’t had much sleep in the past few days and my desire to sleep overcame my desire to run. So I compromised by doing a very funny and quite tough 8 minute abs video that I found on Janae’s blog. Worth watching for the 80s music and outfits. Abs don’t hurt at the moment, I suspect tomorrow they will. But my bikini beckons in 11 sleeps and abs workouts are now crucial!!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. I think after this marathon training that I will need something to get me back out there to run. I hope I am able to find some local trails because you make it sound so fun.

    1. Cathryn says:

      I’m a total newbie but I think it could be what you need if you’re burned out. It;s such a buzz! Check out for some seriously briliant trail running. She’s the one who got me inspired!

  2. Jen says:

    So cute and funny that the Dude was still in his PJ’s! It’s great that both of you are loving trail runs – and I can only imagine how difficult a stroller run would be on trails. Brutal!!
    Can’t wait to run Lake Chabot with you. 😀

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, me too. Really looking forward to it!

  3. When you said your trail efforts have been minimal, I laughed out loud. Nothing is minimal about pushing a kid in a stroller up a trail!!!! That is hard work on the streets and much, much harder on the trail. You rock! I really want to join your running group!

  4. Cathryn says:

    Thanks! I guess I meant that I’ve only been on three trail runs ever so I’m full of that newbie enthusiasm. Yeah, pushing a stroller is quite hard work, but it’s great on the downhills. I just wish I had brakes sometimes!! And you should totally get on a plane and come and run here…you must be due a weekend off soon!

  5. Kristen says:

    Running with a stroller is one of the most badass things I have seen! I struggle with my own two feet. Great job to the both of you!

  6. Cathryn says:

    Thanks! We do feel a bit badass inside when we do this, it’s kind of cool!

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