A houseful of Half Marathoners!

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post about my thoughts on the forthcoming San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon.It struck me that you all have so much more confidence in my running abilities than I do – I really have some work to do on that front.

Anyway. This weekend was a biggie for many reasons.

Firstly, our friends Andy and Rachel arrived from the UK for a week. This is particularly exciting because you may remember, on a snowy January day in Yorkshire, I easily talked Andy into coming to California to run the San Francisco Half Marathon. Runner guests are particularly welcome at my house!! We currently have three future half-marathoners in our house, plus one brave Cheerleader.

Ten minutes later, they were searching for flights!
Ten minutes later, they were searching for flights!

(Talking of Runner Guests…the lovely Bean is coming to stay in September to run Half Moon Bay with me. Excited already!)

Secondly, it was exciting because I did my final long run. 6am Sunday morning. 12 miles through empty streets! I loved not having to stop for red lights or cars crossing the roads, I could pretty much just run. I’m glad that final long run is out the way…my legs are ready to taper, race and then have some time off! It went pretty well all in all. 12 miles in 1.47 at 8.57 pace.

And then weekends are just lovely anyway. A few snippets of what happened.

1) New running shoes. The Husband’s toes were poking out of his old running shoes, so we went to RoadRunner Sports, gave him the full Shoe Dog treatment (the name of their shoe-fitting service) and he came away with some Asics. We also picked up a rolling thing for our muscles. I like it much more than the foam roller.

Totally dweeby family photo with Shoedog. Husband=mortified.
The Dude shows us how to use a tiger tail-like thing.
We bought it, we love it.

2) New Sofa! Our old sofa was basically a torture device from Game of Thrones (don’t tell me, we’re watching the series finale tonight) so we finally ditched it and got a new one. Can’t tell you how happy that made me. You can now come over to ours anytime and sit in comfort! We are not ashamed of our sofa any more.

Modelling the storage under the new sofa
Modelling the storage under the new sofa

2) Hiking. We took our guests to Wunderlich Park for a lovely hike through the redwoods. Bliss.

On your marks, get set…GO!
I got wiped out shortly after this photo was taken
I LOVE this photo.
The giant who married the hobbit!

It’s Race Week, people!!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Nic J says:

    Good luck! I know you’ll be absolutely fine, and will storm it. Most hobbits I’ve heard of have saved worlds – I have no doubts your success will be something similar… 🙂

  2. Jen says:

    We drove by Wunderlich and Huddart Park on Sat on our way to Memorial County Park and I thought of you!
    The Stick (aka the tiger tail thing) is fabulous. Did yours come with a little manual about how to use it? It cracks me up that it’s marketed as a “toothbrush for muscles” and good for your “muscle hygiene.” The running joke around our place is that the GR will get all serious, and say, “Jen, I think we need to talk. I don’t think your muscles are hygienic enough.” LOL.

    Can’t wait for Sunday!!

    1. Cathryn says:

      We like the stick very much, more than the foam roller. I am getting more hygienic by the day!! Did you like Memorial Park? We’re camping (and by default running) there in July, we have rented the hikers hut!

      1. Jen says:

        It’s a lovely park, but TINY compared to the other parks that have campsites (the ones I’ve been to, anyway). There’s a huge fallen tree between the Tan Oak Picnic Area and the creek that is a big hit with the little ones. Great for crawling around and climbing on top of. The creek is also good for splashing around.

        I’ve been there twice, but always with the GR’s extended family (including 3 little kids) so we haven’t done much hiking. The longest loop I saw on the map was ~2 miles, so you’ll probably have to link up to the other parks nearby to get a more substantial run in.

  3. I wish I lived close enough to hike in the Redwoods and that I could talk my friends into racing with me, too! Wishing you the best at your race!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you!! Yes, we are really lucky living here, it’s a great place to run!!

  4. Bean says:

    Race week!!!!! Yeah!!!! You are going to do amazing! I will be cheering you on from afar. That storage in the couch is a fantastic idea. And I love the last picture of you and the hubby. So cute. Oh and have I mentioned I am excited about September!?! Maybe a little 😉

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