Hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a great start!
My weekend included lots of fun activities, such as spending time with some friends:
Liberty hotel post several rounds of Cards against Humanity at la casa. That game never gets old.
Relaxing at home, finishing Master of None. Aziz, I give you two thumbs up.
Exploring my city.
I headed out to the Wild West (i.e.- 30 minutes west of Boston- the area has a completely different vibe than the city, which is sometimes necessary) for this weekend’s 18 mile long run. Sunday was a beautiful day – mid 50s, little wind, and hardly a cloud in the sky. My sister joined me for the first 10 miles, and then I branched off for 8 additional on my own. We ran on some gorgeous trails, and I was reminded again how fun it is to run in new places!
En route to run!
I needed a change from my typical running path in the city, and the trails did the trick! There are many benefits to trail running, including:
- Trail running offers lower impact compared to running on hard, paved surfaces. They say that training on a variety of surfaces helps avoid injury. You just have to pay more attention to the path ahead and your footing, as uneven surfaces can lead to foot injuries!
- Mental benefits of being in a more natural setting are significant too. I felt more adventurous and even a little more hard core than running on my typical running path in the city. It was difficult to avoid stopping every mile or so for scenic pictures! I always feel great being exposed to nature, and this is exactly what I needed on Sunday.
I will try to vary up my runs and run on more trails in the coming months (depending on the amount of snowfall!).
Trail running in the real American west- Olympic Park, Washington!
For the first time in a long time, I felt great throughout my entire long run, and was even able to get in some faster miles at the end. Two GUs were also helpful, and I carried those in my spibelt. I turned on a podcast in my last 8 miles as I needed a distraction without my sister beside me!
My new favorite place to run in MA!
Besides the positive effects of being on the trail, I think that taking Saturday off from running also impacted my Sunday run. I was feeling a bit run down and my legs were sore after last week’s sprint and tempo workouts. They say that recovery time helps you adapt to your training, and I fully support this. My legs were fresh and ready to go on Sunday. Sometimes you just need a day off!
Enjoy your Tuesday! I have some fun runs and plans this week (hello wine night!) as well as a half marathon this coming weekend.
What are your plans this week?
Anyone running a race this weekend?
Do you prefer trail or pavement running?