Back on a Training Plan and the Womble Trail

Sorry to be posting this on a Sunday, but we just returned from another weekend on Lake Ouachita.  After the Little Rock Marathon, I’ve been kind of lackadaisical regarding my fitness, but never fear, I have finally gotten back on a training plan.  Well, I signed up for a marathon on the 25th of May and a 50k on July 12th, and I don’t want to be embarrassed, so I have to prepare. I used my recent 10k time to calculate all my pace times for this round of training.

Sunday, I completed 30 minutes of yoga.

Monday: Easy 3 miles at 11:00 minute pace.

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Tuesday, I completed 30 minutes of yoga.

On Wednesday, I had a 6 mile tempo run. 1 mile warm up, 4 miles at 9:24 pace, and a 1 mile cool down.

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It was also sunny, and I got my first running tank top lines.

Thursday was absolutely beautiful and I rode 15 miles around Lake DeGray.  I am totally a fair weather cyclist, but I really do love riding.

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Friday, was a complete rest day.

On Saturday, I fished the morning away and set out for a run after I ate lunch.  I ran down the road 4 miles and then ran/power hiked the Womble Trail.  I was supposed to do 12 miles, but you know, trails are hard.  I was tired.

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The Womble Trail is awesome.  It is very scenic and challenging.  At some points, my HR was in the 170s walking up the inclines.  People mountain bike this trail, and I cannot imagine how hard that is.

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Here are some of the scenic views:

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The Ouachita River is down there.

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I passed several markers along the way that were placed by the Forestry Service. Wouldn’t that be an awesome job!

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Let me spend a moment talking about running unfamiliar trails alone. My husband knew exactly the route I was taking, and he knew he should start looking for me after 3 hours.  I carried plenty of water and food just in case I got stranded or hurt.  I also carried my cell phone and when I had service, I would text location updates to narrow a search area if one needed to be conducted.  I also carried a small pistol and pepper spray in my CamelBak. You never know what could happen and it is best to just prepare for everything.

Please do not saunter down a very remote, challenging trail on your first hiking or trail running experience.  Pick something easy, that is heavily traveled.  I am very familiar with the geography of this area and have spent weeks in these woods.

So anyway, I had a great fitness week. What about you?

Comments

  1. The womble made me get off my bike and cry once. Just sayin.

    • http://Ashley%20Ederington says

      Ugh, I can totally understand why you would cry on that trail. Good grief, the hills don’t stop…

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