This week I took it easy leading up to race day. I capped the week off with the toughest and longest trail race I’ve ever done.
Monday- Rest day.
Tuesday- 3 mile treadmill run. I played with the speed and incline a lot during this run, and ended up with over 300 feet in elevation gain.
Wednesday- 3 mile treadmill run. Pretty much the same thing as Tuesday, except I ran about 45 seconds faster. I also discovered that a pickled egg makes a good pre-run snack for me, oddly enough. I was hungry when I got home from work and that’s what I ended up having, and it worked for me. I don’t think I could eat one before a track workout, though.
And yes, Dad, I am still planning on making my own red beet eggs with the jars you gave me. I just haven’t gotten around to it, yet.
Thursday- Cross training. Level 1 30 Day Shred workout in the morning before work.
Friday- 3.14 mile trail run at Claytor Lake State Park. I figured I’d take one last jaunt down the trails before Sunday’s big race. It ended up being a pretty tough run. It was 80 degrees and very humid. For some reason, my calves and Achilles got very tight and were burning during my run. Not very pleasant. I was hoping this run wasn’t some kind of foreshadowing for Sunday’s race.
The most memorable part of the run actually happened before the run, as I was driving to the park. I had the windows down on the truck, and this hairy black spider the size of a quarter crawled onto the windowsill. Then it crawled into the truck and jumped on me! I nearly wrecked the truck swerving, because clearly that was going to get the spider away from me. It dropped down onto the floor and then jumped up into the pocket on the door. I drove for two miles before finding somewhere to pull over so that I could open the door and get rid of him. I’m putting this on the list of critter encounters while on a trail run. It totally counts.
Saturday- Rest day.
Sunday- Conquer the Cove 25K Trail Race (15.86 miles)! This was the longest trail race I’ve ever run, and it was also the toughest. But we had a great day for the race (overcast, mid-60’s, not too humid) and the race organizers and volunteers were great! Full recap coming on Wednesday.
Total Miles: 25 miles
May Total: 92.26 miles