Getting braver!

Our world has been slightly crazy over the past few days. The Husband has been away for 12 days – he got back Sunday night. This made life a little busier. What’s more, our canine visitor is very sweet but a fair amount of work as he’s VERY keen on walking. And we spent some time over the weekend looking after a friend’s little boy whilst she produced a super-cute brother for him. At one point, I had two little boys, a ginger cat and a ginger dog in the house…names were used at random for any given boy. The cat got called the Dude’s name. The Dude got called the dog’s name. The dog…you get the picture.

A ginger on either side (Don't tell the Husband that Monty's on the sofa)
A ginger on either side
(Don’t tell the Husband that Monty’s on the sofa)

I squeezed my long run in on Friday morning, grateful for pre-school. I tried a new route. Near pre-school is a long, quiet road which has a running/hiking trail all along the side, similar to Woodside last week. I’ve meant to run it for ages,so on Friday I did so. It took me a mile or two on the road to decide it was safe enough to venture onto the trails (I’m so cautious) but seeing a few runners there gave me courage so off I went. It was lovely. The trail never strayed very far from the road, but it was great trail-running practise. Lots of little ups and downs, some technical footing in places…just a real delight to run. 9.5 miles done!

Friday's road-side trail
Friday’s road-side trail

On Saturday, we went hiking with Monty the dog to Milagra Ridge, a new-to-us county park in Pacifica. It was a beautiful day and whilst small, the park was lovely with beautiful views over the ocean. It was surprisingly hot!

Pacifica is the most beautifully located town around!
Pacifica is the most beautifully located town around!
Hikers
Hikers

On Sunday,I joined some of my friends from church for an easy three-mile run on the Bay Trail. The Dude rode his bike. Once again, it was warm. Summer is coming.

And then today, whilst the Dude was at pre-school, Monty the dog and I went to two different parks. First up was Pulgas Ridge, a county park which allows dogs for on-leash hiking. Monty ADORED it and was sniffing around everything. Best of all, in the middle, there’s a 17 acre area where dogs can run around off leash. He had a blast. So much fun.

Monty

We then crossed the road into Edgewood Park. Monty had a rest in the car and I went for a solo trail run. I know this park well and there were loads of cars in the car-park so I felt very safe…and I saw lots of hikers. I ran a total of 5.4 miles at 10.23 pace – it was so much fun. Some long uphills and downhills, some wooded trails and some exposed trails. Perfect. At one point, I stopped to dither about which trail to take. I took a new one, Ridgeway Trail and was rewarded by a mother deer and her relatively new baby fawn walking out of the undergrowth. Pretty magical.

My favourite trail of the day
My favourite trail of the day
Gorgeous, eh?
Gorgeous, eh?

I know that for many people, running trails alone isn’t a big deal, but for me it is. I’m cautious by nature, but one of my NY Resolutions was to be a bit braver. So this past week of running trails has been really exciting for me. I’m very careful, choosing road-side trails or parks that I know well and there are always plenty of people about, but I’m trying to edge out of my comfort zone…and the rewards have been fab!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Bean says:

    I love all the trail running! Yes dogs are a lot of work. Feed me, love me, walk me, repeat. Never ending;). Plus it is even tougher when the spousal unit isn’t there to pitch in. All those fantastic pictures make me miss California.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Lucky those dogs are cute, eh?? California’s waiting for you whenever you can come next. x

  2. Heather says:

    Beautiful trail pics! I’m always nervous to run the trails here alone too but I do it anyway because it feels so much better than pounding the pavement all the time. πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yes, it’s definitely better on the joints. Do you carry anything like pepper spray to keep you safe? I always wonder.

  3. Brianna says:

    Let me know next time you come to town and we can meet up for a run or a hike… I can even bring my dogs if you miss the canine companionship after Monte leaves πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      Will do!! Pacifica is so beautiful!!

  4. Paulette says:

    Yay trails! I love the photos, I’ve never been to that park or to Pacifica in general.

    1. Cathryn says:

      I am always quite blown away by Pacifica, the setting is SO beautiful! I keep meaning to explore there more.

  5. All these trails look beautiful. Keep posting the pics because they give me hope that the snow will melt and I will once again see some beautiful scenery! πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      Oh you poor thing, I can’t believe it’s still snowy. The weather has been incredible this week…perfect trail weather, we are so lucky. Hang in there…melt-time will come!

  6. Jen says:

    Gorgeous photos and yay for being braver! I’ve run trails solo for a while but some of the less traveled/populated ones still require company. Better to be safe than sorry!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I think so. It’s a fine line between being braver and taking safe risks and being stupid!!

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