The North Face 50M: Week 2

Week 2 was more of the same – a lot of trail running! 

My goals for the week were:

  • Run as much on trails as possible
  • Increase my back to back long runs
  • Run a double day

Let’s see if I hit them…

Week 2: Week of August 6th

6 mile trail run

Kristen had expressed an interest in trail running to me, so I happily met up with her for a run after work!  I love getting to show people around on trails and had a great run chatting away.  We took a different route I had been wanting to try that turned into some pretty technical downhill sections… luckily she seemed to have enjoyed herself despite our little adventure. 

6..0 miles/1:14:11/12:22 avg/1017’+ gain

8 mile road run

The loan road run of the week with my work friends.

8.0 miles/1:16:01/9:27 avg

am: 6 8 mile trail run
pm: 6 mile trail run

I met up with a friend for an early morning trail run and got us a little bit turned around.  Typically we do closer to 6 miles but my little turn around, turned it into almost 8.  Trail running always has a little adventure to it.

7.9 miles/1:25:55/10:54 avg/1100’ gain

After work I met up with Jana again for another afternoon run.  My legs were pretty tired, but I powered through.

5.5 miles/1:02:39/11:24 avg/838’ gain

8 mile trail run

Another morning, another trail run with a friend!  This time I ran with Sima and showed her some new trails.  

7.2 miles/1:23:13/11:38 avg/1035’ gain

12 mile run rest

I had plans to meet a friend for a pre-work trail run, but when she wasn’t able to make it, I took it as a sign that my body needed a rest day.  I looked back and realized I had somewhat of a streak going on, so I wanted to stop that anyways.  I slept in (as much as possible before going to work) and my legs were very thankful to have a rest day.

Aug 007

18 mile trail run

My typical running partners were all busy so I couldn’t decide if I just wanted to go solo or if I wanted to try and find some friends.  Luckily, the running club I am a member of, had some people doing a long trail run, so I decided to join!

8 of us ended up meeting at Redwood Park in Oakland for an 18 mile run, that followed a lot of the Inside Trail Skirt n Dirt 25k course that I am going to run in a couple weeks.  It was a hot day, so I was happy to be in a slightly cooler area of the Bay that also had a lot of shaded single track trails.

I had such a great time running with everyone and finding our way around the hills.  It had been a while since I had run on a lot of these trails and I am very much looking forward to the race in a couple weeks!  It was a challenging, beautiful run and I highly recommend it to all the ladies in the area!

Aug 002

The run ended up being pretty much 19 miles and a hilly 19 at that! I was so happy that I joined the group and so glad I felt so strong.

18.8 miles/3:46:56/12:04 avg/3668’ gain

Aug 008

12 mile trail run

Chris and I drove over to Shell Ridge for one of our favorite loops.  I have really learned to appreciate the days that Chris and I can run “together” because I essentially get to run by myself, but have someone out there with me also.  As much as I love love love running with my friends, I used to be pretty much a solo runner, so it’s nice to get some of that alone time back, and still feel extra safe on the trails.

I was a little nervous about how my legs would feel after Saturday since it was my first big back to back runs in a while.  Once I started running, I knew it was going to be a good day, and it was!  I was able to run up all the hills, and just generally felt really strong throughout.  It got a little warm, but it didn’t really bother me too much either.  I was so happy after this run, knowing I just finished off a very strong week 2.

11.7 miles/2:05:13/10:44 avg/1429’ gain

Total miles for week 2: 65.0 (57.0 on trails)

Since I have been building up my miles for over 3 weeks (even though I wasn’t technically “in training”), week 3 is going to be a cutback week on my long runs. 

I remember getting to these spots in training last time, where I am all amped up and don’t want to cut down the mileage, but I know that I will benefit from it in a couple weeks.  Doing this the second time around, I am able to see things further down the road than I was before and that’s a nice benefit to have.   

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6 Responses to The North Face 50M: Week 2

  1. greengirlrunning August 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    What a great week! Did you ever do back to back long runs when training for marathons? Or only after you started training for ultras?

  2. Pavement Runner August 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Great job… you are smashing out on those trails.

  3. Joanne August 15, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    You’re putting in so many miles. Keep on rolling and icing, don’t take chances. You’re doing so great!

  4. Alisa August 17, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Wow, look at that Saturday run! That looks like an elevation for a bike ride not a run and with a solid trail running pace…you are well on your way to another successful race.

  5. Kristen August 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Thanks again for taking me out! I really had a great time. Hopefully we can do it again soon!

  6. Bonnie August 25, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I wish I lived near you so you could teach me the way of the trail! ;) Great work – I’m a reader who’s taken a bit of a break from blogs recently but just got caught up on yours – great stuff! Keep training hard and smart and enjoying the process – and thanks for sharing the journey with us. :)

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