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
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.
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!
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
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.