So it looks like winter in the Bay Area is over, because this weekend was just gorgeous. Shorts weather, for every-day life as opposed to running. Just beautiful!! Let’s not think about the drought and the wildfire risk and the parched hills of the East Bay…let’s just enjoy the sunshine…sigh. I couldn’t help enjoying the sunshine.
My long run happened on Friday. It was unremarkable – 12 miles squeezed in along the Bay Trail in between other commitments. 12 miles at 8.56 pace in the sunshine…really pleasant.
On Saturday, the Husband got busy with his Ironman training, doing his first double brick – 20 miles bike/3 miles run/17 miles bike/2 miles run. He did well, but then (understandably) had to go to sleep for a few hours, so the Dude and I took our borrowed dog, Monty, hiking at Arastradero Preserve – 3.5 miles in surprisingly hot temperatures, followed by ice-cream.
In the evening, the lovely Jen and her equally lovely boyfriend came over for pizza, kirs, beers and to watch ‘Unbreakable: the Western States 100 movie’. We had a load of fun but as Jen pointed out the next day on Twitter: ‘If a blogger get-together occurred, and there were no photos taken or tweets tweeted, did it *really* happen?’ Frankly, we were having too much fun to take photos or tweet about it – that’s what happens when you see your friends, isn’t it?? So in the absence of photos of me and Jen NOT in running clothes, please accept this photo of Anton Krupicka.
On Sunday, I joined my girls from church in an early easy 3 mile run along the Bay Trail. I tried running with the dog for the first time – he did incredibly well actually and watching the sunrise was pretty spectacular.
And later that day, we took the poor dog on a 4 mile hike up Sweeney Ridge, a ridge that gives views of both the Bay and the Ocean. We hiked past the Nike Missile Site from the cold war to the Bay Area Discovery Site where Europeans first spotted the Bay – it was pretty beautiful!
We have the dog for another few days. My initial grumpiness about how much time they take (we think at least an hour a day, two hours if you do a good job) has faded and I’ve kind of fallen in love with his big, smelly ginger loveliness. The Husband is under strict instructions NOT to let me anywhere near the local shelter for at least a month!!