Don’t tell my coach, but I accidentally didn’t follow my training plan this week. Training started off as planned for the first two days, but then Wednesday it took a detour. As I have mentioned I am training for a 25k trail run this fall. On Wednesday’s the race director for this event leads a weekly trail run in Laguna, on the same trails as the race. My training plan called for a tempo run and an easy run this week, but since I was in the Laguna area on Wednesday for a work meeting, I and had to take advantage of the opportunity to take a run on some of the course trails.
The group of runners was incredibly welcoming (as I am finding most trail runners are) and the route was breath taking (we are talking a sunset run high in the mountains with the ocean views). However, I assumed the run would be around 6 miles and it actually ended up being just under 9 miles…ooops. The "detour to my training plan" part is we went for a new route that evening, including the Big Bend loop on our run. This “loop” was 1.5 miles of a steep incline power hike (and by steep incline I mean an elevation gain over a mile of 1,100 feet) I will admit, by the end of the run my legs were tired and I was fading (I didn’t bring any nutrition and totally wished I had). Since it was getting a bit dark the race director, Molly stayed with me, running, chatting and guiding me back to end location. Even though the run was a bit longer and tougher than I (or anyone else running that night) thought it would be, it was such a great run and I even more pumped for the race Molly has put together. I had such a fun time and absolutely loved the trails so much, I hope I am able to meet up with them again sometime soon. At the very least, I will head out there in a couple weeks to do my long run Crystal Cove Park.
However, that isn’t exactly where the story ends. After the Wednesday night run, I drove an hour home, grabbed a bite to eat, took a quick shower and fell into my bed from exhaustion. In case you didn’t catch that, I didn’t stretch, hydrate, or eat protein and boy was that a mistake. I woke up the next morning so sore and stiff I knew I needed to take my rest day earlier than usual. If you are mainly a road racer keep in mind, trail running uses approx. 10% more energy than road runs. If you add elevation, or technical trails to that (rocky single track trails) proper recovery is even more important when you need to bounce back quickly for your next training day . With another long run scheduled on Saturday, I actually decided to take an extra rest day on Friday. Yep, I cut out a run and a cross training workout this week, and that was exactly what I needed. I am committed to following this training plan as written, but sometimes a really great event happens that isn’t on your scheduled, or your body doesn’t respond as well as you thought, so you need to modify. Taking the extra rest day was just what I needed, because I did another hard long run on Saturday and my legs wouldn't have made it without enough rest.
This week’s workouts included:
Random thoughts from the week:
Podcasts: my current obsession.
Yes, I am obsessed with podcasts; all types, all lengths, all formats. I seriously can’t get enough. I listen to them when commuting to work, and they are definitely my secret weapon to keep me moving during a long run.
I thought I would share a list of my favorites and would love to hear yours.
What are you listening too? Do you have a podcast that inspires you, or a playlist that pumps you up? Let me, I would love a listen.