Training the Trail

Training the Trail

In preparation for my half marathon in TWO weeks, I went for a trail run yesterday at Red Rock Canyon.  My expectations were high, but I was realistic that my time would not be the best.  First of all you're running on a trail which means dodging rocks.  The ground is uneven gravel and dirt mix and it is hard to get into a groove when you need to ALWAYS be watching the ground.  Ended up doing about 7 miles in 2 hours and it was awesome!  Tough?  Yes!  I was so tired by the end I felt like I had run the actual race itself, but it was so much more enjoyable then running on a straight road with no scenery or distractions.  Because you need to be aware of the trail at all times, you find yourself not paying attention to progress or how long you have left to run.  It helps as far as the mental side of running by keeping your mind engaged. 

3 miles in I could feel my hips tightening up on me, especially my left.  Then came the lower back and the quads followed shortly.  I noticed myself fatiguing and therefore sacrificing form in the process.  We all know what this does…..makes you MORE tired!  All in all I completed my desired 6 miles and then some so I was pleased with myself.  My goal for this weekend's trail run is to complete 10 miles, putting me 3 miles behind my needed distance for next weekend.  IN the meantime training will include hill intervals on the treadmill, speed intervals, some upper body work, biking/spinning, and cross training.  It's all in preparation for the hot, hilly, race on the 25th.  

Go Me!! 

 

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