Since registering for my next big adventure, I have been reading up a lot on how exactly one trains for a 50 mile run. Pretty much the main thing I have taken away from anything I read is back to back long runs is the best way to prepare.
Back to back long runs? Count me in!
I will get more into more details of how I am planning on tackling my training in the coming weeks, but this weekend was a little glimpse into what the next 4+ months will probably be looking like. My two longest runs of the week were on Saturday and Sunday… and the best part, they were both on trails!
Saturday I met up with two new running friends, XLMIC and Tricia for a trail run at Lake Chabot. I had been to this lake to run once before, but did a much different route that day then we did this weekend. I have been chatting with XLMIC for a while now between twitter and blogging, but had yet to meet her. I was very looking forward to getting to know her over a couple hours on the trails! I personally think running is one of the best ways to get to know someone.
We made our way around the lake and onto the dirt trails with some serious climbs, but the miles just flew by.
We chatted away the entire time about anything and everything, while of course taking in the beautiful views around us.
12 miles later we were back at the start. Not only did I leave this run with a set of tired legs and a happy running heart, I also left with 2 new friends who I am excited to get to know even better over future runs.
Sunday Chris and I planned on our Sunday trail date and I found a route for us to try out in Tilden Park. I had never been to this portion of Tilden before and was excited to explore some new trails.
It was a perfect morning and my senses were on overload with all the florescent colors of fall everywhere and the sounds of the water running through the creeks. We started climbing and went up for a few miles and I was able to run quite a bit of it, just taking a couple walk breaks on the steeper sections.
We were rewarded with some amazing view of the Bay Area when we got to the top, then continued our way down back into the trees on tons of single track trails. This was definitely my favorite part.
Almost 9 miles later we were back at the car with muddy legs and a big smile on my face. I am seriously loving this.
Although this is just a tiny portion of what my runs will be looking like over the next couple months, it was a perfect place to start and a great way to start building up to the big stuff.
I can’t wait!