A week in my running shoes

It was a busy week. I had three days at preschool where I was Totally In Charge. It was terrifying and exhilarating but all children were returned unbroken to their parents at the end of each day and they might even have learned something! In order to make this week a success, I worked extra hours and so my running took a back seat. But I still had some fun!

On Tuesday, I enjoyed six happy miles around my town watching the sunset. I rarely run at sunset due to timing/logistics but this was such a treat.

Sunset in the FC is pretty lovely

Sunset in the FC is pretty lovely

On Thursday night, I went to my second barre class. I really enjoyed it again – I love how I can feel it targeting those muscles I need to be a good runner. I think it would be a great strength-training thing for running. It’s expensive but most weeks there are free classes at my studio so I’ll just target those! I was sore for the next day or so but nowhere near as sore as I was after my first class, so that’s encouraging.

On Saturday morning, I met up with Lisa super-early. We’re both running the Mt Tam Half next weekend so wanted to do some hills. We ran up Ralston in the pitch dark, and then finally tested out the Crystal Springs Cross Country Grounds.

This place is interesting. It’s a big patch of land at the top of the world overlooking Crystal Springs Reservoir and the forested hills of Skyline. It’s used for High School Cross Country meets. There’s a 5k loop carved out, with smooth wide trails that undulate around the hills. There is no shade, so in the summer it must be grim, but on a chilly November morning as the sun came up, it was bliss. I’ve never really explored it before as it’s quite isolated and there have been some big cat sightings, so I was excited to finally have a run there.

lisa sunrise

The loop was lovely. Not overly murderous (although I’m sure actually racing those ups and downs would be very painful) but beautiful views of the sunrise over the hills. We loved it so much we turned round and ran it in the opposite direction before ending under the finishing arch!

crys crystal springs cross country me

On Saturday afternoon, my boys and I hiked the 3.5 mile round-trip easy trail to Tenessee Valley Beach. Lovely easy leg-stretching and some incredible waves when we got there.

tenessee beach waves ocean

On Sunday, the Dude got a bit poorly so my run didn’t happen but the Husband and I did 10 full minutes of stretching. I subscribed to Jasyoga which is all the rage with the cool kids. It seems to offer plenty of short videos (5 mins max) of stretches for runners. 5 minutes is about our attention span with stretching. We did some hip stretching (ow) and some hamstring stretches (squeal). Jasyoga Lady suggested we use a prop if necessary. I found a prop.

me yoga stretching charlie

I’m getting very excited about Saturday’s trail half. I’m not as fit as I should be, it’ll be murderous but I am VERY excited none the less! 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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3 Responses to A week in my running shoes

  1. Grace says:

    Enjoy the half! (Think of it as ‘a supported trail run with swag’.) Every weekend, after running around after a toddler, I think, ‘I don’t know how daycare and preschool teachers do it’. That has to be a workout in and of itself! Major props to you! I’d need all the stretching too! Do you still have to physically lift them, at preschool?

  2. Angela says:

    I used to run that XC loop when I lived on Ralston! Memories!

  3. Jen says:

    Have fun at Mt. Tam! We’ll miss you this Sunday at the Bay Bridge.

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