Running Happy

Last week felt like I was starting to get my running mojo back. This week, that feeling has grown. I’ve been enjoying running so much more. I may not be much faster than I was but I’m much happier!

Monday0.8 mile disaster run

At the end of a fun but unhealthy weekend, I decided I really should make an effort to run. I had a 6 mile tempo run on the cards so I set off at 4pm to do it. Right from the start, I felt rough. My belly was too full of water from the hot car ride home, my legs felt like lead. It took less than half a mile for me to decide to turn back and try again in the morning.

Tuesday: 6 mile tempo run at 8.44 pace

6am. Pitch black. Running. Yesterday’s failed tempo run went really well. I repeated last week’s routine: M1 – warm up, M2 & 3 – tempo, M4 – recovery, M5 & 6 – tempo. My tempo miles averaged about 8.35 so faster than last week and it felt a lot smoother. I was buzzing for the rest of the day!

Wednesday: 12 mile long run at 9.52 pace

My car had to go in for a service today down in Palo Alto so I took advantage of some new roads to run. I ran a great route down into Palo Alto, through Stanford University, past some swanky frat houses. I’d never seen frat houses before apart from in the movies, so that tickled me. From there, I ran up to the Dish – a hiking park that belongs to the uni. It’s super hilly and super exposed, so I got pretty hot but the views were great. And then I returned through pretty neighbourhoods to the garage. This wasn’t a speedy run but it was good to run somewhere new.

Stanford looking clever! The sun breaking through the cloud behind it
Stanford looking clever! The sun breaking through the cloud behind it
View from the Dish over the hills
Le Dish


Thursday: 9 miles bike ride, 1 mile crazy run and 1.2 mile walk

With the Dude in school, I’ve wanted to cycle more so I used my bike to get around today. It was all going swimmingly – it’s SO nice to cycle without a child trailer, a child seat or a weehoo. Cycling feels like flying and I was loving it. I was pelting back towards school for pick up, I had about 10 minutes for the final mile…and suddenly my chain jammed. I couldn’t pedal. I used my minimal bike repair skills and got nowhere, so I found myself running through town, wheeling my bike next to me with my backpack banging away. I made it to school just in time (pouring sweat and looking like a dog’s dinner) but I got my son on time (ish) and made the poor child walk the final mile home!

Later that day, I headed into SF for the Ragnar Team Captain’s meeting. I am officially the captain of our relay team ( just because I’ve been organizing it). I mentioned to my parents that I was the captain and they roared with laughter as I wasn’t a sporty child! I took my bike as the meeting was at Sports Basement and the mechanics there very kindly fixed the problem for me. The meeting was good! Brianna came along to keep me company –  I’m starting to get really excited about it now!

Team Captain's Meeting
Team Captain’s Meeting

My cheap but ugly trail shoes arrived this week – they’re much prettier than expected, so now they’re just cheap trail shoes. I’m testing them out over the weekend! Wish me luck!

Happy Weekend, everyone!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Bean says:

    I love that you ran from the garage through Palo Alto! I just sat and watched daytime TV yesterday when I got the oil changed in my car….course it was like 95 out…excuses, excuses 😉

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, I would have sat there reading if it were 95 deg. Totally on your side.

  2. Your Thursday adventure made me laugh so much. I can totally see you in my head, running to the school with your bike by your side 🙂
    Have a nice week-end!

    1. Cathryn says:

      It was awful, I was SO undignified. So much sweat, so much inelegance! So not French 🙂

  3. Grace says:

    I can only imagine what other people were thinking. ‘She must be training for a triathlon.’ ‘Wow, that’s a very long transition.’ Good work on the later errand multi-tasking (getting bike fixed AND going to the Ragnar meeting)!

  4. Cathryn says:

    Longest Transition Ever!!! Hahaha!!!

    Yeah, Sports Basement is cool, we should take you there when you visit. You ARE coming to the Bay Area at some point, aren’t you?

  5. Jen says:

    Yay for happy running! Glad to hear you got your mo-jo back — and your bike fixed!

  6. Brianna says:

    It was great to see you the other night. Super excited for the relay! Less than two weeks!

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