Author Archives: Cathryn

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.

How the Bay Area has changed me

Next week, we move away from the Bay Area after nearly 7 years of living here. I am dreading this week…I finish my college course, I say goodbye to my beloved preschoolers, my darling cat flies home alone, we have … Continue reading

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My Bay Area recommendations

Several times now, British friends who are coming to the Bay Area have asked me for my recommendations of places to go, places to eat and things to do. I LOVE helping people plan trips so I’m only too happy … Continue reading

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The Ultimate San Francisco Bike Ride

A few Sundays ago, I did something I’d never done before…I bunked off church. I’ve missed church many times in the past but always for planned events or reasons. However this particular weekend, the Dude had a sleepover until 5pm … Continue reading

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Aroo aroo aroo

Last Saturday, I went to spectate my first Spartan race. I didn’t race it – obstacle racing is not my thing – but my boys did and it was fascinating!! Like a whole new world. First up, Spartan San Jose … Continue reading

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A last blast of cold air

Last week was Spring Break and we went up to the mountains. Our friends lent us their wonderful cabin to stay in, up in Arnold. We love it there! The weather wasn’t ideal – overcast and rainy, then snowy and then … Continue reading

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Review: Brooks LSD jacket

A few weeks ago, one Monday evening, I joined in a Twitter chat organised by Salty Running. It was my first time doing such a strange thing but it was fun. At the end of the chat session, there was a … Continue reading

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Angel Island Camping

For my birthday back in February, the Husband booked me a night camping on Angel Island. Angel Island is (durr) an island in the San Francisco Bay, moored between SF, Tiburon and Sausalito. We’ve hiked there once, I’ve raced there … Continue reading

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Endorphin overdosing!

On Friday, I ticked a big thing off my Bay Area bucket list – running Coastal Trail on Mt Tam. You may remember that I tried to run it a few weeks ago with a gaggle of awesome ladies but … Continue reading

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My top ten races everrrrr!

One of my favourite podcasts is the very new Ali on the Run show. I enjoy the longer Thursday episodes (last week’s interview with transgender athlete Chris Mosier was helpful, educational and really moving) but I also like the short … Continue reading

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Weekend trails

We’ve had my in-laws to stay for the past two weeks – they left on Friday and so we’ve cracked on with packing up our world, ready for our move back to the UK. It’s a funny balance to find … Continue reading

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