I increase my time-on-feet even more this week with a high of 4:20:00 over 21 miles. I felt good considering it was my longest training run since I moved to Indianapolis. It was followed by a stop to Upland Brewing in Bloomington for their Three Lil’ Pigs sandwich (breaded pork tenderloin, pulled pork, and bacon!).We love that place and find running in the area a great excuse to enjoy their food and beers.
This past week I also discovered a couple of new trails. First, there’s Southwestway Park in the…southwest corner of the city. I first ran a section of the trail system while competing at one of the DINO trail races. I remembered there were small climbs, so I went there to run a hard pace. What I didn’t realize is how far you can run the trails along the White River. Over the course of 11 miles I managed to get over 1,000 ft. of climbing! That’s really good considering it’s Indianapolis.
On Saturday I ran Morgan Monroe State Forest in Martinesville. A few Rusted Bears took me along a 20+ mile run along the Low Gap and Tecumseh trails. It reminded me of the trails I ran in Altadena. Morgan Monroe has become my favorite trail in all of Indiana! Long-ish sustained climbs, technical single-track, and beautiful landscape make it a very attractive place to run. Also, you can go on forever when you connect to the Tecumseh trail.
Three more weeks until my first 50 miler. I need to get in a run of at least five hours on my feet to feel confident I can race a miler.
This same time last year I ran 65 miles, was on my feet for over 11 hours, and climbed over 13,600 ft. for the week. There’s a difference between a strong runner and a fast runner:-)