Time to Step It Up

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For the past seven years I have done a run/walk with family or friends, whoever I could drag along with me. Signing up for an event has become a tradition for me. I use it as a motivator for myself, you know, like I have to get in shape and not embarrass myself, but also it was a way I could help motivate others. Getting everyone together and trying to make a training plan and holding each other accountable, its an awesome feeling and its honestly fun.  Its hard to believe its been so many years since my first race.

But this year I felt like I needed to step it up! Since Ive been hiking so much recently I thought it would only be fitting to do a trail run. I am starting small and only doing a 9k. But I am so excited to finally be doing a trail run!!! Its one thing that has been in the back of my mind but I always thought… nah I should just stick to what I know.

This year is different! I will do it!

The race will take place in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. To us locals its just called “Armstrong Woods “. It is an amazing place! The grove of California Coast Redwood trees is a special spot and is home to some of the world’s tallest and oldest living trees. I have gone a few times with my family for hikes and school field trips. If you are in the area I highly recommend making a stop here.

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Wooded Trail

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Throwback to Family Day

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More than 1400 years old!

The run will take place on May 5th. So that leaves me with a little less that 3 months to train. Um, I better get my ass in gear….

First the questions I have to ask myself so I can get a plan together and get to the goal day:

  1. What obstacles do I need to get over in order to feel good when I get to May 5th? A: Currently I am about about 20 pounds overweight. I also have some ankle/shin pain going on (not cool right now)
  2. What exercises can I do to strengthen my lower legs? A: TBD
  3. Whats going to be different about this run compared to a road race? A: I know that trail running is different because of the uneven surfaces. You need to pay more attention, you cant go into robot mode on the trail, you will get hurt. You use more of your body to run a trail so overall strength training makes sense.
  4. What kind of gear is going to help me? Should I get trail running shoes? A: I am going to get trail running shoes and do it soon so I can break them in. I will have to do some more research.
  5. What is the trail going to be like? Are there a lot of uphills or its all flat? Narrow or wide? A: The trail map is not out yet. But the site says that the 9k will be mostly in the Redwoods. I imagine red dirt, rocks and lots of shade 🙂 Probably on the narrow side since the race caps at 200 participants.
  6. Is there a time limit? A:There is a time limit of 9 hrs for the 50k.

Lots to think about but I am going to make up a plan and post it here. I hope that you will stop thinking about doing something and actually do something!  Invite friends or ask your other half to get out there and go do it with you. “It” can be any thing.

Go take a hike! Or Go sign up for your first trail run!

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