Saturday, March 01, 2008

Six Miles on the Trail

As I mentioned in my previous post, today's long run was scheduled to be a 10K (or 6.2 miles). I was debating whether I just wanted to run the three mile loops through my neighborhood twice or if I wanted to try out this trail down in the city that everyone keeps telling me about.

I decided to test out the trail, and it very well might have been my first and last time on it. At least by myself and because I don't know a single person here who runs as slow as me I don't really have a running buddy I could go with.

The trail itself was fine. Parts were concrete, parts were gravel, but peeps it was shady as hell. It follows the railroad tracks and a river and you go past all these seedy run down houses and buildings with their windows broken and stuff. As I was running I was just picturing all the places some psycho killer could leave my poor, mutilated body and it would probably never be found.

So needless to say as I was running I revamped my plan. Originally the plan was to run three miles and out three back for a total of six. I changed that to two out, two back for a total of four. Then I figured I'd try to see if the trail went in the other direction and do one mile out and one back to get a total of six, but oopsies it didn't. So I picked up an extra .3 trying to find the trail going in the other direction before I headed back and just did the first mile out and back to get my last two.

So that total was 6.3 miles in 1:10:13, a time I'm happy with.

I also had to park my car .23 miles away from the start of the trail (damn parking meters that I refused to pay) so I jogged from my car to the start of the trail as warm up, but I didn't have my watch on or anything so I don't have a time for that.

But still that means my total today was something close to 6.5 miles.

My knees are a little sore, and my hips feel tight, but otherwise I feel fine. I was pumped that I was able to run the whole thing because in other years during training I sometimes had to add in walk breaks as I started ramping up the mileage. Not this time though!

Tomorrow's a rest day! Yippie!

Hope you all have a rockin' weekend. Catch you back here Monday!


Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Well, you gotta check out new trails - that's the only way to find out if you'll like them or not. Sounds like not.

But you did a good job on the run anyway. Yay for that!

Firefly's Running said...

Awesome job, Jess! Enjoy the rest day!

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the trail run with NO walk breaks! And glad to hear nothing bad happened!

Molly said...

I am REALLY impressed! Great job in that trail run!

Take Care!

J~Mom said...

Nice job!! I have only been trail running once and I really enjoyed it!

akshaye said...

That is a great time.. specially being a trail. They always slow me down a little. Enjoy your rest day!

Wes said...

Very cool you finally got to run outside, and a trail run to boot! Yippeeee!

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