It’s been a lovely week!
Saturday: 5 miles in Wine Country on our camping trip.
And then, on Monday morning, the Dude and I headed up to Pinecrest in the foothills of the Sierras to join one of our friends. She and her Husband had a week’s camping booked, but he unexpectedly had to work a few days, so we went to keep them company! It was fab. I was full of good intentions to run (and the countryside up there is INCREDIBLE!). But it never happened! Next time we go there, I’m definitely running!
Thursday: 4 stroller trail miles
Thursday (as you know) was July 4th. Now let me tell you, nothing is weirder than being a Brit in America on Independence Day! Everyone’s all patriotic, celebrating America’s freedom from the dastardly British…and we’re feeling slightly sheepish and apologetic! But America – Happy Birthday, we love you!
How best to celebrate a birthday but with a trail run? Juli and I roped in all our family for today’s run – children AND husbands – and we headed to Wunderlich. I REALLY like this park – the trails are wide and shady. We climbed for 2.2 miles and it was murderous. The Husband and I shared pushing duty for the Dude but Juli’s husband pushed the double stroller for most of the uphill, which was very noble!! We were all pouring sweat, I ended up in my running bra, modesty be damned! But we got to the top and the world opened out in front of us and the view was incredible! Instantly the sweat and tears were worth it and the endorphins kicked in. Trail running is a little like birth in that respect.
The downhill was long, shady and fabulous. The Dude and his Buddy Gurl shrieked and squealed the whole way down! At the end, they got to run half a mile and they were brilliant. A guy came running past us and the two children took him on and ran so fast that I think he started to worry he’d be beaten by pre-schoolers. All in all, 4.4 miles in all and it was SO nice to run altogether!
Friday: 6.4 miles
My miles have been low recently and I wanted to get a solid six in. The run felt really hard actually – I spent the whole time thinking about how much fitness I’ve lost since the half marathon and focussing my mind on pushing on, just like I had in the race. I was gobsmacked to get back, input my time and distance and realise I’d run 6.4 miles in 55.08 at an 8.35 pace. Seriously delighted by that! Cracking end to the running week!