I actually like that Miley song…..
Anyway, last week was a pseudo recovery week from my very first Triathlon–I didn’t do a whole lot of running (two days) but I got in a tough trail run/hike at the end of the week.
Monday I headed to the gym and worked out with a buddy. She had me doing some crazy stuff that left me quite sore, lol! It was fun though, because they were workout drills I normally would never do–squats with weights and other fun things.
Tuesday had me running an easy 5 miler (8:53/m) with a friend and her pooch.
Wednesday I picked up the pace on a solo run, 4 miles at 8:04/m. I was really happy with this run because my splits were good–8:16, 8:04, 8:05, 7:51. 😀
Thursday consisted of a 20 minute stationary bike ride and core work and I took a complete rest day Friday.
Saturday was a big day.
It’s crazy how time flies. When she was born, people would tell me that before I knew it, she’d grow up. Now it’s really happening.
We had a fun family day together and in the evening we had a few of her friends over for play. Her big party is this next weekend so there’ll be more pictures then 🙂
Sunday I met up with my run club for a new trail run. I always jump at the chance to run on a new trail because I love exploring where we live.
This particular hike was exactly that, a hike. It was about a 40 minute drive from where I live, but we were told it would be worth it.
The trail was labeled “expert” but I wasn’t sure what that meant. I’ve done some pretty tough climbs but this had been talked up as being a really, really tough one.
Yep, that was my Garmin read of that hike.
It was a 9+ miler that was basically UP. At the start, you had a few rolling hills, so you thought you’d be okay. But then around mile 2 and a halfish, the ridiculousness started. I was f bombing left and right at how not fun it was. At this point, the trail turned into concrete and there was no running; it was literally a climb.
The trail website describes it:
“The climb provides a serene feeling of ridge-line hiking, offering amazing views along the way as you quickly climb 2000 feet to the peak.”
I somehow missed the serenity feeling, lol!
Anway, I huffed and puffed (and swore) my way up all the way to the very top 🙂
And when we got there, we saw a helipad!! I of course had to take a picture on it! 😀
The way back down had to be done carefully. It was so steep there was no way you could run down that without falling. Once it leveled out a bit though, it was easier to pick up speed. Which I did because I wanted to get the hell out of there, lol!!
I was glad I did the hike though. As with most things in life, it’s good to try everything once (most things anyway 😉 )
–Have you hiked a rough trail before? What about it made it tough?
–Do you swear when you run? Or during your regular day?