*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 12-18*

Mileage for the week of October 12th – October 18th

Total weekly mileage: 27.5

Total October mileage (to-date): 69.75

XC mileage (part of weekly total): 10.5

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 1,587

Run review:

10/12           5.25 miles w/XC

10/13           20:52 min./2.15 mi./9:42 pace     +2.35 mi. w/XC

10/14           52:51 min./6.25 mi./8:27 pace

10/15           21:25 min./2 mi./10:43 pace

10/16           8:07 min./1 mi./8:03 pace

23:21 min./2.5 mi./9:18 pace

+ 3 miles w/XC

10/17         26:24 min./3 mi./8:48 pace

10/18         No run

My intention last week was to run as much as I possibly could on soft surfaces to mimic cross-country style terrain. I was largely successful, running most of my runs on trails and in fields. It is interesting to watch my pace drop but I’m trying to ignore that, for now, and just focus on getting acclimated to running on a different surface than my body is accustom to.

While this week proves challenging with a three XC meets, jury duty (UGH!!), work, building a business, laundry (never-ending!), and a host of other odds and ends, my intention is to focus, not only on running on soft surfaces, but doing some speed work on them too. I made the mistake a few nights ago by looking at some of the previous meet results. Dang. These adult XC runners are speedy!

I’m in it for the experience of just doing it. But I don’t want to completely embarrass myself either!

In doing some related research, I found this article that discusses the benefits of taking a break from the road and switching over to trail to build strength and stamina. Honestly, it’s been nice to shift gears and approach training for a new angle. It has created a renewed sense of excitement for sure!

More to come! Have a great week!

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