Running and cycling and climbing, oh my!

This week, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying a little free time with the Dude in school five mornings a week. I need to get my bottom into gear and start applying for my work permit but I’ve decided to do that after Ragnar next week.

Talking of Ragnar, we are a runner down for our team so if you are local and want to spontaneously run with a bunch of really nice strangers from the internet, drop me a note at myheartscontentblog@hotmail.com. Seriously…we’re getting a little desperate! You’d need to run 10 miles split between 3 runs so you don’t have to be an ultra-runner!

This is what I got up to this week.  Along with running, I actually did a bit of cross-training this week, which is very rare for me!

Friday: 11.7 mile trail run at Windy Hill

Monday: 5.75 mile tempo run

This was a bit of a disaster. At Mile 2, my right foot started going numb and it spread up to my calf. By Mile 4, it was like running on a wooden stump (I imagine) so I stopped, got some feeling back and jogged home. This has happened before, a long time ago. I seem to remember it was either that my shoe was tied too tightly or the cushioning had worn down and the shoes need to be replaced, which could well be the cause. It could also be a sign of cardiovascular disease. I genuinely don’t think this is the case (due to it having happened before and being fixed by sorting my shoe situation) but with my heart condition, I headed off to get my cholesterol checked this morning.

Tuesday:  Cycled 4.8 miles to and fro the climbing wall + an hour’s bouldering

I roped my friend Louise into checking out Planet Granite. I’d bouldered once, she had never done it before. Thus we were both rubbish but both loved it. We’re considering going on an introductory course so we get slightly less rubbish. The upper body workout is fantastic – neither of us could take our bras off comfortably the next day!

climbing bouldering

Hanging on for dear life

climbing bouldering louise

Post bouldering grins

Wednesday: 3.7 mile hike

Two friends and I headed off for a morning’s hike up Sneath Lane to Sweeney Ridge. We’ve hiked there before but this time we took a different route. The views weren’t as good this time but the company was excellent, the scones at the top were delicious and it was fun.

sweeney ridge

The views of the Pacifica Mountains

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Crystal Springs shining in the morning sunshine

Thursday: 6 mile Tempo Run

I tried again at the tempo run with more success. My foot didn’t go numb, although my hamstrings felt tight and there was some sensitivity in my calf. I ran: M1 – warm up, M2,3,4 – tempo, M5 – recovery, M6 – tempo. Tempo miles averaged 8.35 which I was pretty happy with.

So all in all, a good week and a fun week! This weekend, I’m going trail running with a load of Bay Area bloggers and twitterers which I’m really looking forward to. I’m planning to make THIS energy bar – I made it once before and it was not only easy but also delicious, nutritious and kept me running!!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

 

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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6 Responses to Running and cycling and climbing, oh my!

  1. Aaaahhh, if I lived there, I would totally join your team. I mean if I wasn’t supposed to be painting all weekend. Also currently jealous of your trail meet-up.:)

  2. Jen says:

    Nice cross training action this week! All you’re missing is yoga and swimming. 😉

  3. Cathryn says:

    You’d be doing me a favour. Never going to hate you x

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