‘Boom’ may be an over-exaggeration of how awesome my running has been this week, but it’s been a darn sight better than last week. I’ve been a lot more energetic and positive about running this week and my mindset has shifted a lot…so BOOM!!

Monday: Tempo run. 6 miles at 8.50 pace  

I started the week with an early morning tempo run before the Husband went away for the week again with work. I worked flipping hard and although my tempo miles averaged about 8.35  which is hardly spectacular, I was actually really pleased with how it went and how I felt throughout. I felt like I was WORKING and that feels really good after a few weeks of lacking focus!

Tuesday: Brunch

On Tuesday, the Dude and I headed over to Oakland to have brunch with Jen and with Amy and Aaron who were visiting from New Mexico to run the Santa Rosa Marathon. It was great to meet them and I fuelled up.

Jen brunch amy lavendar
Brunch is my favourite meal of the day

Wednesday: Long run. 12 miles at 10.06 pace

On Wednesday, the Dude started school. I totally expected to be cool about this – HE was very excited and I was excited about getting some structure back to our lives. So I was unprepared for the wave of emotion that swept over me on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. I dropped him off, kissed him too many times and watched as he happily went into the classroom. Then I put on sunglasses and went and ran 12 miles, which may have been a little weepy.

I ran 12 very hilly miles. Miles 3 – 8 were all uphill, sometimes quite steeply so. As such, the final few miles were fairly rough but I ploughed through it and was pretty happy with the overall pace, given the elevation profile!

Friday: Trail Run. 6.3 miles at 11.05 pace

I’ve not been on the trails since June. That is too long for my soul. I talked last week about losing some desire for running and I think the lack of trails (for hiking and running) has contributed, as several of you suggested. So today I hit up Edgewood Park for 6 sunny miles. I need to pull up my big girl pants and run some trails alone – Edgewood is a great, safe place to start. I came away GRINNING LIKE A CRAZY GIRL so yes, it worked.

I fully admit to a couple of breather stops on the way up!
Pretty trails
Ridge Trail – my favourite

At one point, I heard a rattlesnake rattle. It was some distance off my trail and was behind me so I wasn’t concerned for my safety, but I tell you what – it chilled me to the core!

I’m planning to run trails more regularly and I have made some purchases in preparation for these forthcoming runs. Firstly, some trail shoes. had a sale of Salomon trial shoes. I’ve worn their shoes for hiking for YEARS and I love the brand, so I secured some trail shoes for the princely sum of $44/30 GBP. The pretty colours were $110. The nice colours were $65. The black and pink ones were $44. I went black and pink! I can do pink if it’s cheap.

Next week, I’m hoping to start adding some cross training. I am applying for a work permit, which apparently is quite straight forward with my visa type, but in the meantime, I really want to do some cycling, some bouldering and (aaaagggghhh) a little yoga!

This weekend, we’re off to Apple Hill. Somehow it’s technically Autumn and the apple season is open. I have an apple pie at Grandpa’s Cellar calling my name. See you next week!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. gracechua31 says:

    Nice work! I had a lovely tempo run yesterday too – and guess how long? 6 miles at 8:50!

    Are you on an H4? Or a different visa type? H4s are just a nightmare…

    1. Cathryn says:

      I didn’t realise we were exactly the same speed…that IS exciting!

      I’m on an L2 visa which makes sorting a work permit much much easier. I am so grateful!

      1. Grace says:

        Oh, that’s great! Lucky you 🙂 Hope the job hunt goes well!

        We have both I-130 and K-3 applications floating around the system somewhere… fingers crossed that we can be at my in-laws’ in time for Christmas or New Year.

      2. Cathryn says:

        They’re not in California are they? That would be so cool

  2. Amy says:

    I was formulating a comment in my head about how jealous I was of your trails and lack of rattlesnakes (I may have mentioned before once or 1,000 times that I am terrified of rattlesnakes), and then you mentioned the rattlesnake. Your trails are still so beautiful though!

    Thanks again for driving out to Oakland to visit with us! Brunch is such a great meal!

    1. Cathryn says:

      So good to meet you guys!! And yuck about rattlesnakes, I don’t envy you!

  3. Jen says:

    Yay for awesome running, brunch, new shoes, and trails!

  4. Fairy says:

    $44 – cheap! I have the same shoes except mine’s purple yellow, bought on sale equivalent to about twice as much as what you paid. Though I don’t remember seeing the word Climashield in my specs hmmm…

    1. Cathryn says:

      Do you like them? I have the same shoes (in fancy colors at three or four times the price) but I’ve used them a LOT for hiking so wanted fresh shoes to run in, rather than battered old ones. I really like them but wonder if they’re good for running in?

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