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.
2 easy miles with Kara, and a strength workout.
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.
1 mile around the neighborhood with Kara, then 2 by myself. My legs were feeling back to normal.
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.
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.
There was a short sketchy section right before the top, then I was finally on the ridge trail.
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.