Back in action: weekly rundown

The muscle spasm that knocked me out of commission last week hung around longer than I would’ve liked, but I think it is finally 100% gone. And I finally made it over 20 miles for the week, but I put strength training on pause as I was afraid it would re-aggravate the muscle.


2.3 neighborhood miles. It…kinda sucked. May have been just a day too soon to get back to running.


4.7 trail miles. I tried for 5, but went the wrong way at an intersection, backtracked, and somehow did the math wrong? Oh well. This one felt a lot better than Monday’s run. No pictures because I accidentally left my phone at home all day…


12 trail miles. I headed to a trail where I’m running a race the first weekend of July.

I had hoped to run a couple miles longer, but the trail was a lot more exposed to the sun than I was expecting and it was really zapping my energy. Is sun exposure a thing you can train for? Experience suggests no, but I should probably try anyway.

Adolescent trees don’t make much shade.

About 0.1 mile from the trailhead, I fell and slid on my knee, which felt about how it sounds. My knee is missing half the skin, but it looks worse than it is. The worst part was putting antiseptic on it when I got home.

Not a picture of my knee. You’re welcome.


1.6 miles with Kara, just to get my knee moving a bit. It’s not as swollen as I expected – hopefully today is as bad as it gets.

Total: 20.6 miles, 3,470 feet elevation gain

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12 Comment

  1. I think training for the sun exposure would be a great idea! It would give you an opportunity to acclimate to the warmer air and heat of the sun…and if it’s a cloudy day for the race, then it will seem that much easier. I love all your scenic pics of the trails!!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The problem is, I don’t think I’ve ever acclimated to sun? Guess we’ll see!

  2. Ouch on the knee! This is why I am afraid of trail running although it does look so beautiful. Hope you are ok today

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      it was thankfully not as bad as I expected

  3. Wendy says: Reply

    Ouch! After my wipe out on the bike last year, I’m really averse to falling at all. Hopefully you’re on the mend!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      bike falls are much scarier I think!

  4. Renee says: Reply

    If it’s super sunny I do tend to wear a UV Buff and a lot of sunscreen. And I go slower and have my hydration pack with me. That’s the only way I would know how to train for sun exposure!

    some good miles this week – what a bummer about ripping your knee up though!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I do all that, except hat instead of buff. The sun just wipes me out!

  5. Kim G says: Reply

    Oh no! I hope that your knee is in the mend. I know that if I did trail running I would totally wipe out a lot – I’m clumbsy, lol

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      You probably wouldn’t wipe at as much as you think – the trail kind of forces you to pay attention to where you put your feet. It’s always when I start thinking I’m on an “easy” part that I wipe out!

  6. Ouch – hope the knee is OK! I do hate that moment of slapping the stuff on it when you get home. I find your trails more intriguing than terrifying now, but that’s from over here!!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I was more worried about bruising than the lost skin really, but it ended up not being that bad.

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