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.
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 😉
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!
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!