Our fortnight’s dog sitting came to an end on Wednesday when Monty went home. We were sad to see him go but it’s rather loving not needing to pick up hot steaming poo any more! And the cat is triumphant!! What was nice about having the dog was the amount of walking we did – I’d forgotten how simply walking burns calories and gets a girl fit! I always underestimate it!!
This is how this week went down.
– Dog walking – 2 miles.
Saturday – Dog walking – 3.5 miles
– Easy run of 3 miles with friends and the dog.
– 4 mile family hike at Sweeney Ridge
– 4 miles intervals – overall pace 8.22
My first speed session since Hellyer. I did my usual intervals routine of 1/2 mile warm up, 12 x (1 min fast, 1 min recovery) and then jog to the end. I thought it would be horrific, having not done any speed work for a few weeks…but no, it was great. I die a little of shame, but the run was fueled by my Disney soundtrack...the minute Aladdin starts warbling that he can show me the world, my heart starts singing and my legs start soaring, tumbling and free-wheeling through an endless diamond sky!
– Dog walking 2.6 miles.
Tuesday: 2 dog-walks totaling 3 miles.
– 6 miles trail running at Edgewood – 11.17 pace.
I REALLY loved this run. I know the park well now, and it was packed full of people hiking so I felt very safe and I just ran and ran. I packed in as much climbing as I could…including a couple of long, steady climbs preparing for the hills on Angel Island. My favourite bit was running on Ridgeway Trail where I must have seen 20 or 30 little lizards scurrying away into the undergrowth. My only concern was rattlesnakes sunning themselves, but didn’t see anything. Such a lovely run.
– Also, 1.5 mile hiking with the dog at Pulgas Ridge.
Wednesday’s run was also interesting because I tried using Strava for the first time. Anyone else got any thoughts on it? I used the Strava Run app and really liked it – it was easy to use, seemed to record the data pretty accurately. I’m not interested in the social media aspect of it, but I’ll keep trying the app out and see how I get on with it! I currently use Nike Plus (being a Garmin-less girl) which I quite like but I could be lured away.
The other thing was that I got a slight shin-splinty ache this week. My current shoes don’t give as much cushioning as my preferred shoes and things ached that don’t usually ache. I switched back into my old Nikes for the Edgewood run and haven’t had any aching since. I’ll watch that carefully and get some new neutral plus shoes for longer runs if I feel I need that extra cushioning!!
And finally…this week, I made kale cupcakes. It felt like a perfect storm of California cuisine…it’s favourite vegetable and it’s favourite dessert! They actually turned out pretty well – so well that I ate most of them within 24 hours all by myself. PMT, people!! PMT! Anyway, you should try them…they were fun!
Happy Weekend, everyone!