Friday Five: Training Plan Fail But it’s ALL GOOD!
Happy Friday Five!!! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! My last couple weeks have been crazy busy, to put it lightly. This is one of the very many reasons I love running. No matter what is going on, a good run seems to calm everything down. For me, running is the most awesome way to clear my head and get back on track.
I have pretty much completely failed my half marathon training program. I’ve only used one once in the past and I now realize why. I am NOT very discipline, at all. I started out pretty much on track. I sort of switched days around but managed to get most of it done. But now, not even knowing which week I am on, I am basically back to just trying to get in as many miles as I can.
I find that now that I am doing much of my training on trails, I put myself under less pressure for speed. Most of the trails I’ve been running lately are the complete opposite of flat and I either slow way down or even walk up some of the steeper, longer, inclines. It feels so great though, all those different muscles engaging while I am trying to make the climb or while I try to keep balance going downhill as fast as I can without crashing. There’s also that great reward at the top of a good climb…the reward of an awesome view. Even though most of the races I sign up for are street races, I think I have become addicted to training on the trails.
Since this is FRIDAY FIVE, here are just 5 of the many reasons I am so in love with trail running these days:
Trail running is a great workout for the entire body. I feel it in my calves, glutes, quads, and core. My arms even feel sore and tired after a great trail run.
No car exhaust, red lights, or cement running. Only fresh air to breathe and dirt to run on.
Time flies by so quickly on the trails. There’s so much to see, explore, and enjoy. There are so many different ways to go, paths to take, I just want to run them all!
Great preparation for hilly races! I know that most of the street races I sign up for do not have huge hills like some of these, but when they do, I will hopefully be more prepared.
Adventurous. It’s so cool to not know what’s coming up next. Will it be flat for a while? Will it be hill after hill? Does this trail go on for miles or will I need to turn around? Will I run into wildlife (that scares me a bit)? Will I get to cross a stream (and get my cool trail shoes wet again)? Did I bring enough water (loving my hydration pack)? Will I find my way back? Luckily, I can count on hubby to help with that last one as I have a horrible sense of direction.
I also never knew how easy it was to find new trails. They are everywhere!
Do you like trail running? How do you find the new trails you run on?
I am linked up with our wonderful hosts Eat Pray Run DC, You Signed Up For What?!, and Mar on the Run for Friday Five Fitness Edition!