On Saturday morning I headed up to
I opted to run with Alan and Janine at a more conservative pace of about 8 minute per mile pace - give or take. We’d never been to
The trails themselves are great. They provide gorgeous scenery and the packed-dirt trails offer softer footing than
Personally, I was ready to call it a day at about mile 16. Janine had something else in mind. To quote her: “I feel like shit, but, I came up here to run 20 and I am going to run 20!” Well, that was all the inspiration I needed. I took off and ran the last 3 miles all out (7-min pace). Thank you Janine!
I was a touch stiff on Sunday but still felt ok despite not stretching out much after the 20. Salena and I had some personal obligations and errands to take care of during the day so my “recovery run” had to wait until afternoon. When I did get out for an easy 5 miler it turned faster and faster with each mile. Whoops…there goes my easy workout! Instead I ran a series of negative splits.
- Mile 1 – 8:23
- Mile 2 – 8:03
- Mile 3 – 7:50
- Mile 4 – 7:33
- Mile 5 – 7:18
"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."