It was a relatively quiet week, with minimal running but included my first Trail 10k, and the weather finally turned lovely towards the end of the week — just in time for said Trail race!
And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)
- Monday: Dogwalk, PB ST (30 min), Yoga (30 min)
- Tuesday: 3 miles easy, Yin Yoga Hips (35 min), Pilates Abs (5 min)
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes), Barre Fusion (30 min)
- Thursday: 4 mile run with 6 x 20ish strides, Yoga (20 min)
- Friday: Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min), PB ST (30 min)
- Saturday: Dogwalk, Kundalini Yoga Workshop (workshop 30 min, then yoga for 60 min)
- Sunday: Thatcher Park Trail Ruining Festival 10k
Mileage: 13 (NC)
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Not only did I miss Monday (on purpose, I am not on the #nevermissamonday train) I totally forgot to take a photo but I assure you this run happened. Just 3 easy miles.
I was planning to run later in the day . . . maybe. Walked the dogs and just like Monday morning, the dew point was delightful. I wasn’t prepared to run, hadn’t eaten or laid out clothes or put on sunscreen like I wrote about here, but dammit it wasn’t humid.
So I got out at 9:30, it was sunny, the temps were rising through the 70s . . . but with an eye on keeping my HR low this run was fine — aided by my cooling towel, too. Gotta buy a second one I think . . .
Another humid, hilly run. My trail race Saturday shouldn’t be terribly hilly, but it won’t be completely flat either. It’s been a while since I ran faster so I did strides at the end. Thankfully the cloud cover held, and even though I got out a bit late due to waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep, it wasn’t too bad.
My trail race Saturday shouldn’t be terribly hilly, but it won’t be completely flat either.
Insert evil laugh here. I did this trail running festival a couple of years ago when there was a 5k option. The 5k wasn’t too hilly. The graphic above shows my run on Thursday, and the elevation, vs my run today and its elevation.
I’ll recap it Tuesday, but let’s just say I had one of my slowest miles on the trails ever (stopped a bunch to take photos cause why not?), and there were definitely a few hills, lots of mud, and lots of rocks and roots. This 10k was nothing like the 5k of 2 years ago, but I’ve also never done a trail 10k so it’s a PR.
Favorites of the week
The race today. It was hard, y’all.I had 2 very simple goals:
- Stay upright
I’m claiming I crushed it. Like I said, more to come Tuesday, but knowing a few people going into the race — and actually running the second half of the race with a running buddy who crushed her goals made this race more fun.
The Kundalini Workshop was interesting. I’ve done a little bit of Kundalini here, a little there, but never a full hour like this one. There was a talk about it a bit before we started, which was also like a mini review of some of my YTT material, so winning all around. It’s a very different style of yoga.
I really liked the instructor, who will be teaching a class in this style going forward, but unfortunately at 7 pm — which is kind of late for me, especially since it’s a little bit of a drive.
Do you ever get to actually race with your friends? I mean run with them in the race. It’s rare for me!
Trails — too scared on the more rocks & roots the merrier?
Do you prefer flat & fast or hills, even if it’s steep hills?