The Stranger from the Internet

If you popped over today to find out how I got on at Half Moon Bay, here’s a quick summary!

Because we had the most fantastic running weekend and there’s too much to put into one blog-post, I’ll talk about the lead-up to the race today, and the actual race in the next post. So…

On Thursday, a Stranger from the Internet came to stay with us. Not quite a stranger, but rather Bean, whose blog I’ve been reading for a year or so. We’ve got to know each other through our blogs which is totally weird if you think about it, but seems pretty normal these days. Anyway, a while ago, Bean said she wanted to run Half Moon Bay and I found myself inviting her to come and stay. Very gamely, she decided she WOULD come and stay with people she’d never met before and on Thursday afternoon, the Dude and I picked her up from the airport.

May I just say that sometimes, you take a gamble and it pays off handsomely. We had an awesome weekend together – if you’re thinking about inviting Bean to stay, DO SO, she is wonderful!

Once she’d settled in, we headed to our first running store to mooch round and get some last minute bits for the race! I love going to running stores, what a treat! Unfortunately the Dude wasn’t particularly well that day and got a temperature in the shop, so we came back quickly, dosed him up with medicine and ate a lot of pizza.

Friday was one of those cracking days that you just love. The Dude was better but not pre-school-better so we took the poor child for a short shake-out trail run. (He was totally fine and very excited about coming with us, I promise). We packed up all our kit and headed over to Huddart Park for 3.5 miles of the easiest trails I could find. It was the first time Bean had run in a Redwood forest and she loved it. It was so nice for me to share my favourite park and see someone else fall in love with the trails there.

Ready to run...

Ready to run…
Showing Bean the local wildlife :)
Showing Bean the local wildlife 🙂

Onwards and upwards. Refuelling at my favourite bakery. This was why the Dude wanted to come trail running.

Refuelling  Photo by Bean
Photo by Bean

Then into the city. The weather was utterly perfect today. Warm, blue skies, bright sunshine, clear skies…this is the best time of year to visit San Francisco. Our first stop was over the bridge in the Headlands for that beautiful view that I never tire of!



The gentleman who took this photo asked if we were both the Dude's mothers! Only in SF.
The gentleman who took this photo asked if we were both the Dude’s mothers! Only in SF.

We had lunch at Green’s, a really nice vegetarian restaurant (it was also delightful to have a vegetarian visitor!!) and then hit up our second running shop, Sports Basement. And then we spent half an hour driving up and down the steepest streets in the city that we could find. Sweaty palms all round and delighted shrieks from the Dude.


Saturday was Packet Pick-Up day and Carb-Loading day, one of my favourite types of day. We all headed over to Half Moon Bay to get our numbers. The race directors had very sensibly spread packet pick-up over three weekends in four different locations which is a great idea and one I wholeheartedly endorse!

Bart Yasso was at the race – he’s the Chief Running Officer at Runner’s World US for any non-American readers. He did a talk and a shake-out run and would usually attract big crowds, I suspect. But because of the staggered pick-up, there weren’t many people there to see him today. This worked SO well for us! He talked for roughly half an hour about his running experiences and was very easy to listen to, very entertaining and very charming. The Dude even managed to sit semi-still for half an hour, armed by an iPad on silent! Then afterwards, we got to meet him, say hi and get our photo taken.

Bart in action! Photo by Bean
Bart in action!
Photo by Bean
Us and the very nice Mr Yasso
Us and the very nice Mr Yasso
Gorgeous day!
Gorgeous day!

We spent some time carb-loading (aka eating cake) in Half Moon Bay town centre and then headed home to nap, rest our legs and eat pasta. In the evening, we watched ‘Run Fatboy Run’ which is so funny and actually a bit inspirational 😉

And then…it was race-day!!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. aleksrunsn says:

    So cool you got to meet Bart Yasso! How was the weather, was it perfectly overcast as it usually is in HMB?

    Oh, and by the way, the “mothers” thing doesn’t only happen in SF. We were in Los Gatos (of all places) with friends who have a 6-month old. The dad was carrying her in a Baby Bjorn and he and my husband went into a Restoration Hardware store while we moms hung out with the big kids. First thing that happens as they walk into the store, a woman comes over and asks, “So, what are you guys redecorating?” Hilarious! I told them this is a the biggest compliment two men can ever get – they look good enough to pass for a gay couple!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah…they must look very well groomed! It was just so strange. It felt like he was a tourist who wanted to tick the ‘Lesbian Family in San Francisco’ box.

  2. Brianna says:

    Sounds like a fun few days leading up to the race. Can’t wait to read the race recap.
    I love Run Fatboy Run too! Great pre-race movie 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      Isn’t it! I got all weepy at the finish line.

  3. I guess I know where to stay if I ever want to run this race or a SF race. Sounds like you all had a great time! 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      Choose the race, book the ticket, the spare bed is yours 🙂

      1. I’ll keep it is mind as I look for races for next year!! 🙂

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