Traveled trails: week two of 25k training

Week two of 25k training: runs and workouts in preparation for a mountain trail 25k

You can see my (rough) training plan here.

Week two of 25k training for a trail race

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:

garden

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.

hill_w2

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?

6 Comment

  1. I’m new to following your blog, so apologies if this has been addressed before, but what is the benefit to barefoot strides versus doing it in shoes? I think this is the first I’ve read of such an exercise, and I’ve never thought to do this. Thank you for any help you can give me on the matter 🙂 Love reading these recaps and I look forward to reading the rest of your training!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I think the main benefit of doing strides barefoot is foot & ankle strength. The secondary benefit (but really the main reason I do it) is that they are more fun that way 😉

      Here’s some more info: http://strengthrunning.com/2012/10/what-are-strides/

  2. Eeeek! Running through heavily wooded trails would TOTALLY freak me out. The leaves would only have to rustle to make me jump, haha! Hellloooo chicken!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Complete silence is what freaks me out! Totally logical, right?

  3. Way to go!! And good call on the turn around. I enjoy the quiet but there is totally a limit to “too quiet” when out on a trail!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thanks! I probably just spooked myself, but in some situations you don’t want to wait to find out 🙂

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