Back on the trails: weekly rundown

Since I took some time off after the Ridge Run, there wasn’t a lot to recap for a couple weeks. First week post-race: did yoga once or twice. Second week: more yoga, some short strength workouts.

I got back to running last Sunday with just shy of 14 trail miles. Obviously this is not the recommended way to build back up after a race – it was more of the run-off-the-stress type of run. I headed to a trail with lots of waterfalls on the way up to an alpine lake.

Also, that view at the top of this post. Also, the wildflowers are still going strong.

Not to mention the mushrooms.

So, while I don’t really recommend doing double-digit miles your first run after a race, I took it easy and it was just what I needed. Plus it helped that this trail is so, so much easier than the ridge.

Last week was the first week of school, and while I only got in one short run, I added a lot of bike commuting – 35ish miles over 3 days. That sounds like a lot, but it’s all flat and easy effort.

Yesterday I ran the Rut 11K. I had no idea what to expect since it’s basically the opposite of the Ridge Run – short with mostly runnable uphills. But it went well, and I finished in just over 1.5 hours, which was a weird feeling…you mean I don’t have a few more hours of running left? I will recap eventually – after I finally get around to that race from July.

We did not run up that mountain. That’s for the 28 and 50Kers.

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12 Comment

  1. Kim G says: Reply

    I’m so impressed that your first run back after your break was 14 miles! That’s awesome.

    1. Hannah says: Reply


  2. Wendy says: Reply

    I like your method of running off the stress! Nice comeback.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Sometimes it’s the only thing that works!

  3. That is smart to take time off after your race. Sounds like you were ready to get back out. Beautiful trails!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Yep, I thought I would want more time off, but I was missing the trails

  4. We all recover differently, and you know best what your body can handle. Last year, I ran a half marathon the weekend after a marathon, and I didn’t tell anyone (on social media) about it until the day before the event LOL I knew to take the race easy, and I had kept things on the down-low following the marathon, so the half marathon went remarkably well 😉 Great job!!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Sometimes a little rest goes a long way when you’ve gotten used to lots of miles

  5. Great comeback! And if you love the trails and they help you, then I don’t see a problem. Love these beautiful photos, too.

    1. Hannah says: Reply


  6. While I’m not sure I would ever survive a MT winter, it really looks so lovely in the summer. Those trails & waterfalls are just amazing!

    I have definitely never run double digits without being in training for a race. And of course I’ve complained about being sore after a measly 10k on the trails, and not at elevation, either!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I love the winter too, but the trails are definitely more challenging then!

      I’m not sure I would ever want to run double digits on the road without a race in sight, but the trails are a different thing.

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