- beginners to trail running,
- more experienced trail runners to new trails, and
- all trail runners to other trail runners!
There were four runs in the series; I couldn't attend the other three (Algonkian, Burke Lake, & River Bend) because they conflicted with prior commitments. Today was the last in the series, Lake Fairfax. Three different runs were offered: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes. Within each run there were informal pace groups that developed.
I ran with my PR Training buddies Sallie, Rachel, and Jamie. We'll be running together a lot over the next few months as we train for the Marine Corps Marathon!
|Sallie, Rachel, Jamie & me|
The trail was more technical than I expected, with branches, hills, and mud. I felt like I had to look down much of the time so I didn't trip or slip. I found it mentally and physically harder than road running (although not quite as hard as the cross-country run from a couple of weeks ago). We had selected the 30-minute run and I was glad we hadn't aimed higher! We ended up running for 35 minutes and that was just the right amount for me.
- Apples really hit the spot after a run
- My new Brooks tank is going to be great for summer runs
- I would prefer less technical trails, like Burke Lake
- I would not enjoy a dirty girl mud run
- My training buddies are willing to rally & do lunges with me after runs
- My training buddies are going to be awesome to train with this summer and they will help get me through uncomfortable runs!