Semi-recovery: weekly rundown

Normally I would take the week off, or at least mostly off, after a long race like I ran last Saturday. But with the Ridge Run quickly approaching, I had to get back to training while still letting my body recover. So I stuck with short easy runs during the week, and fortunately felt ready for a longer mountain run by the weekend.

Tuesday

2 easy miles with Kara, and a strength workout.

Wednesday

2.5 easy…ish miles. It was warm and humid and buggy and the trail was steeper than I remembered. Also my previously-injured knee started bothering me on the downhill, but as it’s been ok since I think it was just still sore from the race.

Saturday

1 mile around the neighborhood with Kara, then 2 by myself. My legs were feeling back to normal.

Sunday

I went up to the ridgeline via a trail at a ski resort. This sounds much simpler than it actually was, as for some reason all the trail maps I could find for the ski area were at too small a scale to show the trails in sufficient detail. They also didn’t show all of the maintenance roads crisscrossing the ski area, and the only signage was for ski trails, not summer trails. So I ended up wandering around for the first two miles before I found the trail I wanted.

Finally, there’s my trail…

And after finding the trail, I took a left where I had planned to take a right, because left looked like the more direct route up. Well, it was… but it was also the much steeper route. I should have trusted that my past self had a reason for planning to take the other way.

Looking longingly towards the trail I wished I had taken.

There was a short sketchy section right before the top, then I was finally on the ridge trail.

Looking down from the ridge.

I encountered yet more sketchy trail along the ridge… then noticed after I made it past that there was another trail several feet away from the edge. At least I knew to take that way on my way back?

All together, I ran 7 miles up/down the ski area and only 3 on the ridge. I had planned on a more even split, but sometimes maps and your own sense of direction conspire to change your plan.

Weekly total: 17.6 miles, 4,300 feet elevation gain.

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10 Comment

  1. Another solid week for you! Every week I look forward to seeing all the great trails you run on. I am heading to Colorado this weekend and can’t wait to hit some trails myself

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Hope you had lots of fun in CO!

  2. Wow. Simply wow. The views! But, oh the climb(s)! Totally love all your beautiful pics!!!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thank you!

  3. Kim G says: Reply

    Great week Hannah! I love all the trails that you have the opportunity to run on as well.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I love them too 🙂

  4. Wow! Look at those sketchy trails – I’d have been running in the opposite direction, possibly screaming! I had this issue of race – stuff – another race and was just super careful with myself in between. Best of luck with that but I know you’ll conquer it.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      They mostly look more sketchy than they are – but I definitely have to look straight at the trail, not out and around.

  5. Wendy says: Reply

    I don’t know how you don’t get lost! What a gorgeous place to train.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I actually have a probably-freakish ability to picture a map in my head (from doing a lot of map work for a few years), but I still get a little lost sometimes!

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