I had a request for a friend-to-friend post on parenting, so you can find that HERE if you are interested)!
Marathon training long runs can feel daunting, and my favorite trip for those loooooong runs is to break them up into part on the trails and part on the roads. I love doing this for a few reasons. First, mentally it helps me to break them into segments. Second, I think it helps so much for recovery and injury prevention (overuse injuries) to be on the softer dirt for some of those long runs too. The trails will help build those stabilizer muscles too. Third, it’s a great way to fatigue your legs a bit before hitting the roads so you get a bit of a taste for how they might feel on race day and learn how to cope with tired legs at the end of your race.
We started with Big Springs, a 4-mile loop with about 860 ft of gain.
It was my first time on this loop, and it was stunning.
We then switched to road shoes (we had a car parked at the trailhead) and went for a 5-mile tempo down the canyon that turned into an 8 mile tempo. I had a friend pacing me, and we are traveling this next month, so I kind of just went with feeling good and stretched it out longer to check off a bigger workout. Most of the tempo miles had a drop, and about 2-3 were flat; I averaged a 6:12 for the 8 miles and then finished with a cool-down.
Notes on shoes-> I’m trying to save the vaporfly for race day but knew I needed an extra boost to keep up with my friend on the tempo ha. Overall, I will try to do most of my speed work in other shoes to feel an extra boost from the Vaporfly on race day. This was my first time wearing the Perigrine 13 on the trails, and I LOVED them. I have found that I need to go up a half size in Saucony. IE I wear a 10 in every shoe brand but a 10.5 in Saucony.
The canyon was packed with runners and bikers, making the miles fly by! I was very happy to run into Emilee for the cool-down. Recovery included my hot tub, my recovery boots, and plenty of food after doing my PT exercises too. I am sticking to these exercises to avoid hamstring pain during this training cycle.
Now for the rest of the weekend in pics…
One more reminder for the friend-to-friend post here:)
Give me a highlight or two from your weekend!
How do you like to break up the long run into segments?
Do you wear different sizes in different brands of running shoes?
Thoughts on soup in the summer?
-Soup is a 12 months a year item for me.