A re-set run on the trails

Kristin Armstrong talks about ‘re-set runs’ – using runs to transition between periods in her life. I’ve always loved the idea, and on Saturday morning, I did one of my own.

Super-fancy phot by Jen!
Super-fancy phot by Jen!

My parents left on Friday, flying back to the UK. Their fortnight visit went ridiculously fast and was just the happiest two weeks. Apart from normal tourist stuff, I loved taking them to Wholefoods and REI and Target – just wandering round Target with my Mum was bliss. So when we left them at the drop-off zone at the airport, it was pretty grim. (We no longer accompany them into the airport. The first time they left us in California, we took them to security where we all cried so hard that total strangers around us started crying too). That was why I was really REALLY glad to have pre-arranged a trail run with Jen for early Saturday morning. Something to look forward to.

We met in the car-park. Jen had driven over from the East Bay, getting up a ridiculous o’clock to come and run my ‘hood! My boys were going to hike so I kissed them goodbye and we set off.

Ready to run...
Ready to run…

The first few miles uphill were tough but it was so much shorter than the other week’s race that it seemed to be over quite soon and we were at the top where we joined Skyline Trail for six miles. 5 of those miles were new to me and I really enjoyed running them. Skyline runs along the ridge at the top of the mountains and is pretty flat for round here, mainly under redwood cover so not too hot. We ran along, chatting and passing some mountain bikers, some runners and some horses but for a lot of it, it was just us and the redwoods.

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Chinquapin Trail - fast becoming my favourite!
Chinquapin Trail – fast becoming my favourite!

Eventually we crossed into Wunderlich Park – there was a dearth of sign-posting which caused a little confusion but we found the trail quickly and started the long descent to the car-park and the end of the run. I’d been looking forward to plunging downhill but it seemed to go on FOREVER! But eventually, we turned a corner and saw the Husband and the Dude hiking up to meet us and we all ran to the car-park! 12.6 miles in 2.45.18 at 13.00 pace!

Jen on the run
Jen on the run

Jen and I were STARVING so we tucked into flapjack that I’d brought. Apparently, here ‘flapjacks’ are like pancakes – in the UK it’s a fantastic oat-filled fuel for running/cycling/hiking. Check out the recipe here. (I’m not trying to generate page views, this seriously good stuff and you should make it).

We picked up Jen’s car back at the start-line and drove up to Alice’s to fill our faces. It had been a fab run. Running from one park to another park, especially via a new trail, felt like a real adventure for me! It really lifted my spirits!! Trails for the win!!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    This was so much fun! Thanks again for planning, coordinating, and most of all for your delightful company! 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks for coming all the way over. It was just what I needed!

  2. Bean says:

    I am glad you had so much fun with your parents. It is always so hard to say goodbye. The trail running looks amazing! I think I am going to have to find some trails around my new home. It is hillier here so may actually feel like proper trail running. I love the idea of using running to soothe the soul- better for you than a gallon of ice cream which is what I usually want ;).

    1. Cathryn says:

      Your new place looks amazing, I’m in awe at how well and how calmly you seem to have handled the move and the transition! And yes, the trail run was very soul-soothing but ice-cream does the same thing. When you come here, let’s do a trail run and then get ice-cream!

  3. Looks like a great time. My trail runs have been more like rail trails (paved over or even graveled over trails of old railroads). We are planning a hike up the white mountains this weekend which sounds more like your trail runs. Really not sure I would have run them but I’ll let you know if I get inspired. I’m all for getting off the road way and trying something different! 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      I know from one measly mile on a rail trail that they’re NO fun to run on, so I’m impressed you do that!! You should def try running some of the hiking trails, it’s so much fun. The White Mountains sound beautiful – have a great weekend!!

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