Monday: 2 mile run
Tuesday: Walk at lunchtime
Wednesday: 1 mile run
Thursday: Walk at lunchtime
Saturday: 3 mile run/walk/hike
As you can see, this week was MUCH better than last week.
On Wednesday I woke up for a run but was limited on time and was behind on speedwork. So I decided to try something new — see how fast I could run a mile. I’m not used to short distances like that, I’m build for endurance, not speed, but I wanted to know how fast I could be if I really focused.
I haven’t seen anything like that in years. Of course, I don’t know if I could maintain that for more than a mile or two, but it pushed me out of my comfort zone, which is important. It was also kind of fun!
The weekend was spent in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the gladsome retreat. Having this annual escape into the woods in fall is always so much fun and this year the weather was gorgeous. So, Saturday morning, myself and two other women who are also runners set out for a run. Our plan was to head to Brandywine Falls.
Now, we’d been told it was a hill to get there. We didn’t know it was a HILL. It was almost entirely uphill — to the point that we did less running and more walking/hiking.
We did do some running, mostly on those sections of the trail that were flat for an extended period of time. Trail running is new to me, but I loved being out in the woods and hearing the crunch of fallen leaves under my feet. The other two women were slightly faster than me, but not by much so they’d run ahead a bit and I’d be a bit behind and eventually catch up.
It was about three miles round trip and we made it back in time for breakfast. To say we worked up an appetite was a bit of an understatement.
Then just the other day I realized the Christmas Story 10K — y’know, the race I’m actually training for — is only a month away! I also registered for the Turkey Trot which is Thanksgiving morning. At the beginning of the year when I committed to running one race per month for 2015, I didn’t know how it would go but here I am, only one month and two races away from completing that goal!
Love from the ashes,