The price of coolness!

I had a rubbish running weekend. A splendid weekend otherwise, but rubbish when it came to running.

I intended to do 12 miles, alternating fast/slow miles. But then I couldn’t get out of bed early enough and then I had mojitos at a Eurovision party and then and then and then…and then it was 5.30pm on Sunday night and finally cool enough to run and I knocked out seven very lacklustre miles as a sign of commitment to the San Francisco Half. Hardly the focussed, slick long run I had planned. But better than nothing. 7.1 miles in 1.05 at 9.11 pace.

So therefore today’s long run mattered. It’s been really hot here in the past few days, so I dropped the Dude at pre-school and drove over the mountain to Half Moon Bay where I was guaranteed cool weather. It was almost chilly…I loved it. I ran north, up the coast and that’s when I realised what the price of cool temperatures and flat miles with no traffic lights would be.

Headwind.

A ridiculous headwind that almost stopped me in my tracks sometimes. I tried to alternate mile-speed but my ‘fast’ miles were negligibly faster than my slow miles.

Half Moon Bay

Windy but beautiful!

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Lovely yellow wild-flowers

I literally felt gleeful when I turned round to head south, and the final 6 miles were notably easier. But my legs were already tired from fighting the wind, so they weren’t as easy as I’d hoped. I kind of gave up trying to push the pace and just ran as fast as I comfortably could, loving it every time the wind gave my back a little push. I ended up doing 12 miles in 1.51 at a 9.15 pace, and I don’t feel like those numbers reflect the amount of effort I had to put in. Hopefully the workout will stand me in good stead!!

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Surfers finally getting some waves!

What else? ONE OF YOU put a note on FB about the extra 20% off the Oiselle sale…and before I knew it, the pink long Rogas were mine. They should arrive today. It remains to be seen if pink running shorts are an unmitigated fashion disaster with my solid British legs…but you never know. I might look amazing.

And this is the final week for Juli and I to work on our Another Mother Runner Ragnar application. We’re nearly there and we think it’s hilarious and awesome and bound to win. Obviously! I’ll post it when it’s finished so you can giggle too.

And that’s about it!

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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10 Responses to The price of coolness!

  1. Jen says:

    Headwind is really the WORST. I used to think hills were the worst, but at least they are quantifiable – you know when they start and end, and elevation profiles will actually show how much work you did. Wind, on the other hand, is so unpredictable, changing direction and speed on a dime. And it’s impossible to figure out how much faster you could’ve run if it weren’t for the wind. Anyway, all that to say that I think it was quite an admirable effort overall!

    Will you wear the pink shorts on Saturday???

    • Cathryn says:

      I agree. I’d take hills any time over headwinds. When we were into cycling, we spent a few days cycling into headwinds in France and it seriously killed us!

      Pink shorts arrived today. Haven’t dared try them on yet. Haven’t mentioned their purchase to the Husband.

  2. I’m not a fan of the headwind but if I had to do it to have those views, I would!

  3. Bean says:

    Wind is the worst- though maybe less bad with views like that. Okay I am emailing you about HMBIM!

  4. What?! I didn’t know about that sale. How did I not know about that? I really hope you get onto that Ragnar team. Very cool!

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