Luckily, Jeff had the day off work, so we put the kids down for naps & I headed to the trail.
After my knee/leg issues during marathon training, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect with all the hills and uneven terrain on the trail. It was chilly and a misty rain fell when I started, so I was able to wear my new Air Force Marathon hat. The hat felt great! And even if it didn't, let's be honest here, I'm sure I would still wear it!
I made the mistake of not doing the paved 1-point-something mile trail for a warm-up, as it was windy and I didn't want to be in the wind (yes, feeling pretty wimpy today!). Instead, I headed straight for the trail through the woods. Basically from the start it goes up hill for the first 1-2 miles. There are several bridges that go over streams, etc, but then you encounter this:
And yes, those are steps in the middle of the woods (32 if I remember correctly!) By the time my Garmin told me I was at mile 2, I felt like I had gone much further. It's been a while since I've run that many hills. There were some smaller downhills which helped and I finally got into my groove. I knew running the hilly trail, I shouldn't pay attention to my pace, I simply ran by how I felt on this run and the numbers certainly surprised me at the end!
All in all, a great trail run. I will be signing up for the 10K at the metro park for November and running it for fun whenever I can.
Avg. pace: 10:27
Do you ever switch things up from road to trail? How often do you switch? Or how often do you run roads if you usually run trails?