I use to trail run once a week. Running trails challenged me, the hills, the roots, the grip, all so different from pavement, and my knees which were a big issue at the time, liked the softer surface.
I had taken a few trips through the air, you know how you catch a root and sail, but don't go down...
Well, after I had a stress fracture I worried about catching my foot and jarring that area abruptly, so I took a long break from anything other than trail walking. I just started running on the trails again a few weeks ago...and already took my first spill.
It was a lovely fall, I hit the ground on my right side and rolled all the way over. It stung for sure. I came up covered in trail mulch.
Last Man on Earth
I guess he didn't do blood. I can't say I blame him.
The gal ranger was sweet, put on gloves, and kept offering to clean me up. I washed the area off myself and gratefully accepted the antiseptic. I didn't want her to have to touch it, even with gloves. She gave me some anti-biotic cream and I made a thick coat over it. It felt a zillion times better in seconds.
After I walked for a while, I decided I could run again if I kept it easy, and managed 3 x 1 intervals for two miles back to my car.
2 miles @ 11:44 avg pace
I only mention this because I thought it was funny I ran better after my fall LOL
Before my fall...
4 miles @ 12:03 avg pace
The real truth is I struggled from step one Saturday. The dew point was up...71, it was sticky feeling and I felt lethargic.
I did all the things I do when I am struggling...
drank a lot of Nuun and had mini pep talks with myself.
- I feel great, just go easy.
- This is my day for a long run, smile!
- You can do this.
I even paused and took a few minutes in the rest room to splash water all over myself.
But this stuff kept creeping in...
- It isn't even sunny, should't I feel better??
I picked up another aggressive fly (like last week) and he was persistent. That little bugger kept stinging me right on the T of my tank top where I couldn't reach to swat him away. UGH! I fell after he had been trailing me for about four minutes, so I am blaming it on the fly!
Maybe this is the wrong time of year to try to trail run again. The shade is nice, but the trails in winter are much less buggy. I took more pictures while I was walking though.
Here is where I rolled. Sorry for the repeat FB friends.
So no "longer run" this week, but thankfully my two weekday runs went pretty well.
Warm Up - 0.24 mi 0:04:00
Full Moon Six - 6.02 mi 1:03:04
Walking/ Push ups - 0.36 mi 0:14:28
Biking - 7.27 mi 0:42:39
Steady Five - 5.51 mi 0:57:34
Lazy for no good reason, but I cleaned a little
Warm Up /Stretching/ Core Stuff 0:32:38
Upper Body Day - 1:32:37
3 X 1 Trail Time - 4.36 mi 0:52:35
Walking After My Roll - 2.32 mi 0:49:40
3 X 1 Back To My Car - 2.01 mi 0:23:37
Stretching - 0:10:39
Had not happened when I wrote this ;)
Sprinklers are saving me. Getting good and wet is keeping my body temp at a manageable level and making for halfway, fun summer runs, which is super weird for me!!
Proof! Still smiling on Hump Day after 5.5 miles when it was over 70 degrees. My shirt is drenched. lol
I have to wash my pack after each use in this weather. I've had my Nathan pack for several years, and lost count of how many times I washed it. It has held up well.
Oh! Sunday's (today) workout ended up being grass cutting and some cleaning. I wore my watch to track my time. I am in a minute challenge at work and wanted the proof, but check out the burn! Motivation to cut the grass.
oh and just because...
Princess Bagheera helping me blog
That is way more than I normally would do ღ
Okay. Sorry. I will stop rambling now! I am like the person who wan't hang up when you say bye!
That is a glimpse into this past week.
I am going to try to finish June off strong!
I hope this leg heals up, so I can get a few good runs in this week.
I am linking up with my gals for the Weekly Wrap
Join in with Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin
I hope you have a great week!
Any plans to finish June off strong?
Your feelings on trail running?!
Do you like cutting grass?
How was your past week?