Seeking out the fog!

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.

The Dude and his much loved Shoedog
(Their shoe-finder tool)

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!

Oh fog, how delightfully cool you felt!

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!!

The Coastal Trail
I would LOVE to live in that house…except that Big One will knock it into the sea!

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!!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    The HMB run looks beautiful!! And I’m so jealous that you found some cooler temps to run in. Thankfully, it seems to have cooled down a bit today. Have fun this weekend with your camping/running adventure!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks! Excited about the weekend!

  2. Oh how envious I am of you, running through Half Moon Bay! Please run there often for me! Have lots of fun this weekend! I will be thinking of you!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Sad we won’t see you!!! Good luck with the dogs!!

  3. Brianna says:

    I have thought everytime I’m in Half Moon Bay, how I would love to come down here for a run. For one reason or another I have yet to do it! But your pictures have convinced me! I am now committed to making the drive through the tunnel (what use to be over Devil’s slide) for a long run soon 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hi! I was only thinking about you a few days ago, you were one of the first people to comment on my blog!! Yeah, absolutely do go through the tunnel (whoop!) to HMB – the trail was great! It goes a mile or two further south than I ran as well! I’ll be back next time it’s a hot Tuesday!

  4. aleksrunss says:

    I wish I lived close enough to HMB to run there! It’s always so cool (cold, even) and beautiful! I would definitely run by the beach if I could, from The Ritz to The Oceano hotel… almost 8 miles point to point. Then brunch!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Oooh brunch!!! I finished next to the HMB coffee shop and their cakes looked amazing. Next time!!!!

  5. Juli says:

    So sad about the RR event…. I had a bad feeling about it when I was there last week. What a great trail in HMB- it’s one of my favorites! Glad you had a nice run there(:

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah,you were right!!! Have a great trip!

  6. Bean says:

    Oh man….I am still debating about the HMB marathon and these picks almost made me whip out the credit card at lightening speed. So beautiful!

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