You can see my (rough) training plan here.
Week two of 25k training was mostly successful, but let me excuse the lack of hiking this week; Wednesday – Friday evenings and most of Saturday were spent removing rocks and grass from a corner of our yard. I think the result was worth it though:
The rest of the week went pretty much to plan. Let’s recap:
Monday: 3.5 easy miles. In contrast to last week, not on a treadmill; easy and uneventful. Followed by some barefoot strides in the backyard, which, as you can see here, were both aided and impeded by the dog.
Tuesday: 3.6 hilly miles, 547 ft elevation gain; lower body strength workout. I didn’t do a specific workout for this run, just chose a hilly trail that’s very steep in some places and ran it with as little walking uphill as possible.
Wednesday: Rest, apart from the garden work.
Thursday: Upper body strength workout. I had planned to go to a yoga class also, but ended up searching for mysteriously missing samples in the lab instead.
Friday: 7 miles long trail run, 497 ft elevation gain. I had previously hiked just the first couple miles of this trail, and the trail there runs between a creek on one side and a steep hillside on the other. Well, shortly before the third mile marker the trail veers away from the creek and heads into a flat area that’s wooded on all sides. The combination of sudden silence and inability to see very far in any direction made me a bit uneasy, and when I found myself constantly scanning the forest for bears I decided it was time to turn around. I ran just under 6 miles on the trail and finished up on the road.
Saturday – Sunday: Planted garden. Drove to Colorado.
Totals: 14.1 miles, 1044 ft elevation gain. Apart from not hiking, which I expected would probably happen this week, the only thing I missed in week two of 25k training was yoga class. I really have no reason for not turning on a yoga video except that I just…didn’t. I apparently also need to check out trails more thoroughly before long runs!
How did your training go last week?
Do heavily wooded trails ever freak you out?