I have not done as much trail running this summer compared to previous summers, so I knew going into this run that I would feel muscles ache that I haven’t felt in a while… and I was correct in this prediction.
Luckily, the views the entire way help to distract you from the pain. Also, the bugs once the sun came out distracted me because I was trying to avoid eating them.
The Deer Creek Reservoir trail is about 7.5 miles out and 7.5 miles back. These pictures makes it look flat, but it feels like you are rolling the entire way (climbed 1,452 ft). I did the out-and-back trail and then went out for another three miles to hit 18 miles for the day.
3-mile w/u, 10 x 5-minute float (not easy but also not super hard effort), 2-minute HARD (1/2 marathon effort).
The joy of workouts on the trail is that you never have to think about paces because it is all based on your effort. My legs felt like cement for the last few intervals, but that feeling is essential during race training so we can remind ourselves on race day that we can push through those times of pain.
Andrew came with me and ran ten miles for his Rim to Rim training. He set out the chair and kicked back while waiting for me.
The mileage is climbing! Three more weeks at 70, and then I’ll start the taper:)
Here is how this week looked:
Monday: 10.58 miles @ 8:22
Tuesday: 10.75 miles @ 8:06
Wednesday: 15.13 miles @ 7:17 with 5 miles @ 6:37 + 3 downhill mile repeats @ 5:23, 5:22, 5:26
Thursday: 9 miles @ 8:29
Friday: 6.63 miles @ 8:21
Saturday: 18 miles @ 8:01 average with 10 x 5 min float, 2 min fast.
And now for the rest of the weekend:
I planned on doing some strength but didn’t have it in me after the trails (trail equation: 1 mile on trails = 1.8 miles on the road for me;), so we went straight to the park instead.
We went to Knox’s soccer game during the day. Afterward, Skye asked to hang out with my mom, so we took her up on that idea, dropped the kids off there, and went to Sundance.
Truly the best brussel sprouts on the planet. We have been more into getting a few appetizers and splitting the main course (we had a burger) these days.
We were invited to a watch party that included brunch and the world championships on Sunday.
A sign that there were a lot of runners there watching:
Skye was obsessed with the slide that was 3 stories tall!
Andrew worked all day on Sunday, so he and Brooke got home at around the same time that evening and so we all took Beretta on a walk.
Tell me something fun from your weekend?
Did you watch any of the World Championships?
Bugs on your runs… do you have to deal with them?
Who has a fall race they are training for right now? Do tell.