I've been watching my mileage very carefully lately because I've been feeling really confident and I want to start throwing down some serious long runs and some serious vertical gain. Well that is a recipe for disaster so I've been telling myself this is a building process and once my legs get use to heavy mileage I'll be good to go.
Yesterday, I headed out to the trail before work to knock out a nice easy trail run. Wait What??? Is that even possible??
The goal was to run 2 miles on the road leading to the trail head then 4 miles on the trail. There was going to be a good amount of walking involved just to keep my pace down. The run went perfectly!!
I am slowy becoming a better runner in the dark with just my headlamp to light the way. I'm not stumbling around as much and not kicking around as many rocks, which is huge when you run at 4am in the morning. Leading up to the trail head I kept the pace around 10 min/mile and added in a few more walking breaks. Once on the trail I took a lot more breaks to stop and enjoy the surroundings. Here are some of the views I got, no sun to deal with that morning.
The run ended up being 6.76 miles, 578 feet of elevation gain, and a total run time of 1 hour 21 minutes. Have a rest day planned for today with a LOT of stretching.
Do you include recovery weeks into your training plan??
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!