I decided to do a trail run for my long run today for a couple of reasons: first off, to mix things up a bit and build some muscles in my legs for next week’s climb, and also because it’s the most beautiful time of year here in the Midwest. Here are today’s long run facts:
Location: Rockwood State Park Horse Trails
Distance: 9.25 miles
Distance it felt like: 15 miles. My thighs were tired (they’ve never hurt before) and I know it’s because on the trail it’s constant up-down-up-down. The last mile had some serious hills and I did fine going UP but ending up walking down them.
Run fuel: Gummy bears! I wasn’t super crazy about them. The little honey jar I was so excited about isn’t going to work because the honey is too thick. I might use it up and fill it with something else. I ate my gummy bears around mile 7-8. They didn’t make me feel great, but that might be because I ate a bunch of junk food at Evan’s swim meet today.
# of horses seen: 5
# of deer seen: 1 (but I saw the same one twice, does that count as 2?)
# of times I had to call Chris because I thought I was lost: 3 (or maybe 4?) Today was my first time going all the way around the park. Usually I do only one side or the other, and I’ve never run a 3-mile section in the middle. Our conversation went like this: “Where are you?”
“I don’t know, there’s a line of trees and a cornfield.”
Luckily he runs these trails 4-5 days a week and was able to help me despite my vague directions.
# of times I freaked out about being eaten by a cougar: 200
Route shape: (it almost looks like Asia & Europe w/out India:
I’m sort of confused as to what distances to run exactly since I’m not following a half-marathon training plan this time around. I decided to aim for 9-10 miles today (the half marathon is next Saturday). I am not doing the 5-6 mile mid-week longer run most weeks (usually I run 4 miles 2-3 times in between my long runs). However, Chris insists I’ll be fine, and given that I just plan to RUN a half marathon and not RACE one, he’s probably right. I ran 13 miles last weekend, so I know I can do it. Here are my last few weeks of training:
What do you run the week before a half marathon? Have you run one without doing the 5-6 mile mid-week runs?