I do NOT like trail runs!
More specifically, I do NOT like trail runs in Florida!
To catch up on my half marathon training plan, I was attempting a 7-8 mile run today. I decided to try out the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve near my house, which has a 7-mile trail, as well as many other loops. It was the perfect place for me to run 7-8 miles in a new setting.
I was rockin' and rollin' for the first mile, as the trail was very solid. There were twists, turns, and roots, but I was not bored.
I began struggling around mile 1.4 where the trail turned in to the usual dirt in Florida: sand. As I mentioned last week, I find sand very challenging to run on. I like my feet to hit a solid surface, but I feel like I'm sinking when I'm running on sand. I tried and tried to push myself, but it just wasn't happening.
I took bail-out trial C, completed the Inner Loop trail, then headed to the parking lot. I ran when the ground was solid and walked briskly on the sand.
Overall, I completed 3 miles. I was walking for most of the time, hence the slow time. I was a little disappointed to not get in my long run for the week, but at least I got outside and enjoyed the nice weather.
Since the trail run didn't work out, I'm planning on doing my long run tomorrow by running on the sidewalks around where I live. Considering the fact that my half marathon will be on roads, I think that's the best way for me to train.
Back tomorrow with the week's recap, an update on my long run tomorrow, and a recap of the last two sermons in the Climate Change series! Happy Saturday!