Sunday, January 11, 2015

Weekend of Unofficial 50K Training

My 50K training starts tomorrow. Technically, tomorrow is an off day (good thing since I accidentally haven't had an off day since last Sunday), so training starts Tuesday. I also go back to work tomorrow, with a few vacation days over the next two weeks, so it's really time to get back into the groove.

I figured that even though I wasn't officially training for Pineland yet, that didn't mean I couldn't get in some "unofficial" training. My training plan is going to "only" be four run days a week, with two "long" runs on the weekend of varying distances. At the end of February, Mike and I will start 70.3 training which means that I will be training for both races simultaneously. It's not the preferred option, but it isn't something I haven't done before either.

Our tracks in the snow

Yesterday, Mike and I braved the cold temperatures and ran a 10K along the canal path. We wore trail shoes because we weren't sure how the conditions would be, in the end it was a good thing that we did! There was a bunch of snow on the path and the well traveled areas were harder to navigate through because of the tracks in the snow.

 Snow covered trails

 Great Brook Bridge

This morning, we met up with some old and new friends for a trail half marathon-ish run. Our friend, Todd, and new friends, Prem and Michelle, joined us on the Seneca Trail. One of my goals this year is to run the entire length of the Seneca Trail (out and back) at one time. Before today, Mike and I hadn't run approximately 3.9 miles of the trail. I wanted to run the entire trail, at different times, before attempting to run the entire thing at once.

 Group selfie!

Even though the trails were snowy, the footing wasn't too bad (I didn't even wear spikes or extra traction). We took it relatively easy and it was an enjoyable run with even more enjoyable conversation. I had a lot of fun getting to know Prem and Michelle.

Even though this trail has some challenging parts (definitely not as many as other trails in the area), I love it. It is my favorite trail by far and I am excited to try to attempt to run the 28 miles in April.

 50K training? I've got this!

And I guess now it is time to say - let the 50K training begin!


  1. The snowy wonderland looks like a fun place to run! Good luck with your 50k training!

  2. Aww, you're making me miss good ole Upstate with those pics! Looks like a solid weekend of "unofficial" training and having fun. :)

  3. Wow, it looks beautiful, but boy it looks cold. Great job getting all those miles in.

  4. I can't imagine what it's like to run in the snow - and you'd think I know, since I live in Chicago! HA! I am such a baby. Best of luck with your training - I have no doubt that you'll OWN it!

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