I was able to get in trail runs both days Saturday and Sunday. We hit up some horse trails on Lake Lavon on Saturday for a quick 5 miler. My friend Debbie went out with me and that was her first time on trails . I think she really liked it! Those trails are flat and fast although the ground was cracked all along the center, with about 1 inch wide cracks, because of the extreme drought we have going on down here in Texas. Sunday I hit up Erwin Park in McKinney with a bunch of friends from North Texas Runners. I think there were 10 of us. It was a good group. We split up into the faster and slower groups as we went - kind of just a natural progression.
|I was in the slower group...Can you tell?|
|Leslie and Catherine hang with me!|
It was a good run though. One loop measures in about 7.2 miles and I needed 10 today for my plan so did a few others so we took a break and refilled with water and headed back out on the last 3 miles. The whole first loop I only drank about 40 oz of my Camelbak...I refilled completely at the car before the last 3 and on those last 3 miles alone I drank another 50 oz! I also tried 2 rounds of Honey stingers about every 45 minutes and also Saltsticks and felt strong when we finished. My nutrition is something that I really want to work on for this 50K. I think it can make a big difference in how you perform and how you feel so I am excited to get it all worked out. I do think one thing I need to focus on beforehand is drinking more water...especially in this heat. I am not a good water drinker - would much rather have my Red Diamond Sugar Free Sweet Tea!
I had lots of fun on the Sunday run getting to know some new runner friends - Leslie and Catherine. We had lots of laughs along the way. I love meeting so many strong women who are so nice! The guys are pretty awesome too! It is so nice to have a support system of fellow runners and friends.
|Erwin Park Self Portrait|
So for next week the plan is:
Monday - crosstrain - bike
Tuesday - Speedwork with Erin 6 miles
Thursday - Hills with Erin 6 mile route
Friday - off/family in town
Saturday - 12 miler with friends at NTX runners monthly run
Sunday - 6 miler ( hopefully a trail run, but not sure)