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 once but I’d always wanted to camp. It’s hard to reserve a spot – you…

Microadventure!

There’s this amazing British guy called Alastair Humphreys. He originally came to my attention when he cycled around the world and I read his book about it. The Husband and I then went to see him talk and came away inspired to do something crazy. (We had a baby and moved to the States, which…

Camping and fishing at Lake Chabot!

We spent Memorial Weekend camping. I have been hankering to go camping for weeks, it had been eating away at me so I was super-excited to go.  I booked pretty much the last available pitch at Lake Chabot campground, a state park about 45 minutes away in the East Bay. It was the perfect reminder that…

Mountain Towns and Summer Plans

Thanks to everyone for your sympathy and virtual hugs as I moaned last week about not loving running right now! Lots of wisdom in those comments, I really appreciated it! Last week was a BIG week for me as I started teaching on the Monday. I have a four-week job at ‘Summer School’. Clearly I can’t…

Too cool for Cool!

This weekend was our final camping weekend of the year, back at Coloma, near Placerville, where we have a now annual camping/rafting trip with a bunch of friends. I don’t raft, I’m not a strong swimmer and I like being alive, so I looked after the Dude, two dogs and a heavily pregnant friend! Coloma…

A week in my shoes…Aug 2nd

The best thing about this week’s running is that in July I ran a whopping 120 miles. My highest mileage all year and maybe since I started running again 2 years ago! Very excited about this. I am still behind on my 1,000 miles in 2013 goal but slowly I’m catching up. So this week….

The weekend we baked alive!

This weekend, we went camping. It reached 107 deg F (41 deg C) on Saturday. We literally baked alive, saved only by the pool at our campsite. Much as I hate the British tendency to moan about the weather be it wet, dry, hot or cold…it was too hot this weekend! Ugh! Despite the moaning,…

Apple Hill Blossom Trail Run

Get a cup of tea for a VERY long blog post. So we’re back from a sun-drenched weekend in Apple Hill. Apple Hill is a region of bucolic countryside just past Sacramento in the Sierra Foothills, packed with apple farms (and vineyards). We’ve been here a few times before, but not stayed over. Two nights…

A week in my shoes….26th April

This afternoon, we will pack up the car until it groans and head up to Apple Hill for the Apple Blossom Weekend and the trail run. I still have no idea what the Husband’s race plans are, and if I’ll be pushing the Dude or not. This race has literally NO info online about it…

Running Resolutions 2013!

Happy New Year! Don’t you love the first few days of the new year? No screw-ups. Nothing blotting your copy-book. All resolutions on track for success. I love that feeling. This isn’t ground-breaking journalism but I wanted to talk about my resolutions for 2013. I LOVE New Year Resolutions. I love them so much. I…

Camping and running!

One of the things we most love about California is camping here. We loved camping in the UK but it’s very different. In the UK, camping marks you out as tough. Hardened. Badass. (Not that anyone in the UK says badass, it’s just one of my favourite US words). Primarily because camping in the UK…