TTT – Trails, Training, and Throwing

1. Hills are not easy to find in my area.  If I drive 1+ hours away, sure.  But my normal route in my neighborhood has a grand total of 10 feet of elevation difference between the highest and lowest points.  Thus, I have to travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in order to get my hill workouts completed.  There is a very short, but very fun trail in the middle of the Shrine and I went exploring on it for the first time this week.  I made a new discovery: running on trails is significantly harder than running on roads.  Especially with hills.  Can you say quad burning?

Koda on Trail

C’mon mom. Why are you slowing down!?!?

2. I had to take a step back yesterday and give myself some perspective.  I’ve been so caught up in life that I didn’t give myself any time to see how far I have come.  I’m training for a marathon.  That’s a big deal.  Seven miles used to be a good long run length for me.  Yesterday I ran seven miles as my midweek training run and rocked it.  I felt like I could keep going for miles and miles.  It couldn’t have been timed any better since I really needed a win after last weekend’s long run.

3.  I’m going to jump on the bandwagon here and join the masses in a Throw Back Thursday.  Here is a picture of me running down Main St. in Disney during my very first and only marathon to date.  It was so cold that year that I couldn’t feel my toes for the first 5 miles and ran with my North Face fleece the entire race.  I was under trained, but I finished it.  This race is in the back of my mind at all times since I really want to show what I can accomplish when I actually train for a marathon and not just rely on luck and general athleticism.

First marathon

This is still early. How can you tell? I’m still smiling.

Happy Thursday!


TTT – Trails, Training, and Throwing — 6 Comments

  1. I’m kind of jealous of your “no hills”….man I can’t avoid them where I live. Though I know they make you a stronger runner. Disney was my first marathon too 🙂 Such great memories!

  2. Wow, that cold in Florida? What were the temps?

    I would love to try trail running. The nearest trails to us are about forty-five minutes away so it’s just not feasible. Glad you got some hill work in!

    • If I remember right, it was in the teens at the start….which was unheard of. Every place around like sports authority had sold out of everything cold weather since it’s freaking Florida!

  3. I’ve planned a few events at that place! Too funny! (I do remote planning so I plan stuff all over the country.) I believe that is the year that I spectated a few friends at Disney and it was FREEZING!

  4. So much harder! But I like them more since the scenery is great. I’m considering signing up for my first trail half!

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