Ready, set, go…

This is potentially a very haphazard blog post. Last week was a funny week – I’ve been trying to think of an adjective for it but have so far failed. The best I’ve come up with is ‘draggy’. It felt like a long, drawn-out week.  I was flying solo as regards parenting – the Husband was away in China until late Friday night. In addition, I was dog-sitting my friend’s wonderful black lab Sarge. So it felt like ‘real life’ was kind of on hold until Sarge departed and the Husband came home.

I love this shot...

I love this shot…

Running was kind of a non-starter the whole week. On Monday, I ran 3 miles with the dog on the leash and the child on the bike. We did it but it wasn’t enormous fun. So after that we resorted to walking. SO MUCH WALKING. Black labs like walking. We walked for hours and hours, mainly with the Dude on his bike. The best walk we did was at Fort Funston, a state park just outside San Francisco which is entirely off-leash for dogs. Sarge had an utter blast running around and we really loved our blustery walk. We ended up down on the beach and obviously Sarge was in the ocean in a wag of his tail! Smelly 😉

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Fort Funston

fort funston

Selfie…

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The Husband got back on Friday night (yay) and on Saturday morning, I got out for a run. I had 12 miles on the plan but I didn’t really have the appetite for it, so I just ran 6 and really loved them. It was so nice to run unencumbered by a stroller or a dog – I just ran and was happy and managed 6.6 miles at a 9.01 pace. I really loved it, I felt so free and happy and chilled.

In the afternoon, the majority of our Napa Valley Ragnar team came over for pizza and planning. We managed not to take any photos (such poor bloggers) but had a lot of fun and it got me really excited about this race!

Talking of Napa Valley…early on Sunday morning we had the Napa Earthquake. We are about 60 miles south of the epicenter at American Canyon, about an hour by car. Yet still we felt it. I woke up at the first big tremor and made the Husband go and bring the Dude into our bed as the house swayed. It was over fairly quickly here and we had no damage but it was pretty unnerving. We were in a much bigger earthquake in Tokyo 18 months ago and that meant I was less shaken up (geddit?) than I would have been otherwise, but it was scary nonetheless. Having said that, the photos of damage up in Napa Valley are quite sobering – it must have been terrifying up there.

I meant to run again on Sunday but we ended up going for a family bike ride. 7 miles up the  Bay Trail to a local park and nearly entirely into a headwind. The Dude was a star and never moaned at all, we were so proud of him. The Husband rode back to get the car (the Dude’s little legs didn’t fancy cycling back) and the boys drove home and I got to ride the 7 miles back myself. It’s been a LONG time since I rode a bike without a Dude or a weehoo or a tagalong or a trailer. It was exhilarating…I flew along grinning for most of it!

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I look so hot in a cycling helmet…

I am very much ready to get back into a routine. The Dude has been off school since the end of May. I LOVE his company and we have had so much fun, but I’m looking forward to structure again.  He starts proper school this week (Transitional Kindergarten at our local elementary school) which is crazy but true. Once he’s back and we’re in some kind of routine, I’m planning to ramp up my training. I’m also hoping to hit the trails at least once a week – ideally I’d love a running buddy for these runs…anyone free on a weekday morning?

I can’t quite decide on my Autumn running goals. Do I want to bust my gut for a PR or to do some trail races and see the world a bit more? Or both? I’ve been planning to run Healdsburg in mid-October with the hope of PRing at the Half-Marathon but I know I’m in no fit shape to do that at the moment. I’m a good 4 – 6 weeks behind where I should be in order to do this. So my plan is to run my heart out for September and then, at the start of October, make a decision whether to race it or not. 

So dithery at the moment. So indecisive and unimpressive.

Personally I’m really excited about the start of this week. A new chapter of our lives begins and I am so excited for it. Bring it on!

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.
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12 Responses to Ready, set, go…

  1. Kate says:

    I’m bummed that I’m working now and can’t join you for mid-week trail runs! The Berkeley half is Nov. 9 – PR friendly course, plus more time to train!

    • Cathryn says:

      Yeah, Berkeley is def the best option apart from Healdsburg (and better, timingswise). You doing it? I’m def considering it.

      I’m so glad you’re working now but am so gutted you won’t be around to run with me.

  2. Jen says:

    I can’t believe we forgot to take photos on Saturday – we are bad bloggers!!

    I have race credit for Coastal and Brazen — so look up their schedules and see if you fancy any of their trail races and we can sign up together!

  3. Sherry says:

    Glad you weren’t affected by the earthquake – the first thing I thought about was my Bay Area running friends!
    I say sign up for the half – mine’s on Nov 2 and we can train together!

    • Cathryn says:

      Thanks for worrying about us – so kind! We’re all okay, as far as I know. Roserunner’s family live up there and fared less well but they are well, I believe.

      The Berkeley Half is 9th Nov. Much better for timings…I’m def tempted.

  4. I was actually wondering if you felt the earthquake. I am glad everything is ok for you.
    On a lighter note, let me tell you I look like a mushroom with my bike helmet (you know, the one in the Mario Bros video game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toad_(Mario) here you go, you are welcome)… oh well, safety first 😉

    • Cathryn says:

      Oh cycling helmets – so deeply unflattering. No wonder the French chicks never wear them!! When we cycled in France, my helmet stayed firmly secured to my panniers. Ridiculous, I know.

  5. Bean says:

    Glad you all are okay and that the earthquake happened prior to our relay rather than during. Maybe since you have been feeling blah about running you need a fun trail race to do just for fun and because you enjoy the trails and not worry about PRing.

  6. Grace says:

    My gosh, what a week. Glad you had some time at the weekend to chill out solo! And glad you’re ok after that quake.
    I’m looking forward to your Ragnar writeups; some of the blogs I read can be, uh, overly competitive when it comes to relays (which is not my style at all!) 🙂

    • Cathryn says:

      I don’t think we could be competitive when we were dead last 🙂 Yeah, we’re all getting excited about Ragnar. We have a space left if you fancy flying over… 🙂

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