Six Miles on the Trail

by - Saturday, March 01, 2008

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!

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7 comments

  1. 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!

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  2. Awesome job, Jess! Enjoy the rest day!

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

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

    Take Care!

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

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

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

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