It’s been a scorcher of a week so far. Not complaining at all, it’s perfect and blissful. But it does make running a little difficult!!
On Monday, as the temperature soared to 86F (30C), I took the Dude to San Carlos to the Run 4 Boston, organised by Road Runner Sports. I really like the shop, their range is great, but it was a total wipe-out of an event. I’d been seeing pics of hundreds of runners in cities across the world running for Boston. I knew it wouldn’t be that big here, but I was deeply disappointed. We walked into the shop and asked a teenage shop-dude about the event. He looked completely blank, and had to go and ask someone. There were no posters up around the shop, it wasn’t even written on their events board. Their events board!!!! There hadn’t been any tweeting or FBing about it either. Unsurprisingly, the runner group turned out to be the (very nice) shop guy, a lady, me and the Dude. There was no mention of the bombings, no moment of silence…nothing to distinguish it from any old run. No photos, unsurprisingly. I ran just a mile out and back (which I’d been planning to do anyway) and I was so disheartened. I’d originally planned to go to the SF run but opted for a more local option. Now I wish with all my heart that I’d battled the traffic into the city. It was also scorching hot – at 6pm the sweat was dripping into my eyes after just two miles. Grim.
Today was Runday Tuesday. The Husband offered to take the Dude to pre-school so I snuck out the house early to go to Golden Gate Park for my long run. Such a treat for this suburban girl. But the traffic was horrific and I ran out of time to get into the city, so instead I drove over the mountain to Half Moon Bay to run along the coastal trail – a paved path which runs up and down the coast. As I headed downhill, I could see the fog lingering over the town. Such bliss!! I have a feeling that, as summer comes, I’ll be running in HMB quite often to avoid the heat!
I ran 12 miles today, alternating normal pace/faster pace miles. This strategy works so well for me. I know I can hold a faster pace for 9 minutes if I know I can slow down afterwards. So I ran north up to El Granada harbour, and then back down to the car. The sun burned through the fog for the last few miles and they were notably hotter!!! 12 miles in 1.45.59 at an 8.45 pace. Happy with that. Happier with the cold drink (not diet coke, yay) and coffee I got when back at the car!!
This weekend is the Apple Hill Apple Blossom Trail Run (long name!). We’re camping and then we’re supposed to be racing as a family. However the Husband has had Achilles tendonitis pretty much since his flurry of running activity a few weeks ago. I have no idea if he’ll be walking or running, 5k or 10k, if he’ll be pushing the Dude or if I will be. I’ll def be doing the 10k. I am so excited about it! Camping, trails and medals in one of the nicest places in Nor Cal!! Bring it on!!