It’s been so long since I’ve written a ‘Weekly Wrap’ post that I could, technically, write a monthly wrap. However, I’ll spare you the painful detail of an entire month and wrap it up in summary style.
I would love to report that since October has rolled around that I’m enjoying crisp cool trail runs strewn with beautiful fall colored leaves. But alas, it’s still hot and humid down here in the south and there are no fallen leaves to hear crunching beneath my steps. I’m hopeful that Fall will make its presence known at least by race day …..Thanksgiving for sure! (I’m serious folks!)
Since the Major Hubs returned from his deployment, we’ve been trying to find our new routine for getting strength training done. I’m happy to report that the past couple of weeks we have managed to squeeze in a couple of weight lifting sessions per week. It’s not as much as either of us would like, but it’ll have to suffice for now.
Aside from the one 45 minute pain session on the stairmill, my strength training has had to count as cross training. I haven’t been on my bike in months and haven’t hit up my beloved BodyPump class in forever either. I just can’t seem to
find make the time.
Ahhh, running…. the one area I’m actually really satisfied with right now. Despite the lingering hot and swampy temperatures, I have been having some really good runs. Yes, they are slow, but that’s okay on trails, right? Aside from face planting, my greatest hesitation in taking on trails was fear of hurting my already weak and injury prone ankles. Much to my surprise, I feel stronger than ever …both aerobically and physically. I truly believe that the past few months of running on uneven terrain, having to be intentional with every foot landing, has improved my ankle strength and stability as well as my core strength.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve most likely caught on to how much fun I’m having with this new adventure. In fact, I’m loving it so much that I’m already looking for another trail race and even hoping to convince Major Hubs to jump on the band wagon. Three weeks out from race day and I’m already looking for another …I’d say that’s a good indicator that I’m hooked on trails!
Is it bad luck to look beyond your current goal race? If so, I’m doomed. I’ve got my eye on a 10 mile road race in November, a half marathon in December (I’m looking at you Holly!), another 25k trail race in January and dare I even say it …..maybe, just maybe an ultra in March? Yikes! Can’t believe I said that out loud. A lot of stars would have to align just right for that to happen …time will tell.
109 single track trail miles, 3 ticks, 3 snakes, 2 spider webs, 1 briar bush, a swarm of yellow jackets, 4 deer, countless stumbles, 2 black toenails and 1 fall.
Tell me… are you already scouting out other races before you even toe the starting line of your current one? Do you consider strength training cross training? Is it Fall where you live?
Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one run at a time!