I love trail running. If you know me this isn’t anything new. The ability to be in nature and travel vast distances across any type of terrain makes trail running one of the most amazing experiences in the world. I love jumping over rocks, running up and down hills, seeing deer, beavers, birds, hawks, beautiful sunrises and so much more. So, after a few weeks of track and treadmill running I was losing my motivation and hit the trails again. I took off for a few lunch hour trail runs and one short Sunday afternoon run (thanks to my wife . There’s always a new challenge on the trails whether it be learning how to maintain speed over obstacles or seeing how fast you can ascend a small hill. The best part is that I live in a city with almost unending trails. It takes me 5 minutes to hit the trail head and after that I can go for hours without getting back on sidewalk.
On the 5k goal – my running class has a 5k time trial on Wednesday of this week so we’ll see what happens. Today (Monday) I ran for 15 minutes at 20 min/5k pace and it felt good. I’m not sure I can crank out faster lap times for the 18 minute 5k, but I think I’ll aim for sub 19 minutes and hope I can run a negative split. Who knows, it’s a fun game and a great challenge.