Archive | April 2013

Folsom Lake Trail 10k Race

I have to start by saying that I was really excited to participate in a race that was practically in my backyard and on a course that I have run several times.  In fact, I have been running a majority of the course on a weekly basis for about 3 months now.  How lucky am I?  I definitely think that I had an advantage over those who were unfamiliar with the course.

2013-04-27 Folsom Point Trail map

This was another 10k race put on by Inside Trail Racing.  This group does a wonderful job and I’d like to say, “Thank you!” to the volunteers who helped out.

When I arrived, I was a little cold.  It was in the mid 50’s with a slight breeze.  I had a fleece on and ended up wearing my swim towel as a long skirt.  Yeah, I was probably sporting  quite an outfit.  By 8:00 am, I was moving around enough that I decided to peel my “skirt” off and leave it in the car.  I think it would be helpful if I could find a pair of sweats that I can get off without removing my shoes.  Once my shoes are tied, I don’t like having to take them on and off again.  Right before the race began I took off my fleece and left it on a nearby rock.  I knew the temperature was perfect for the race.

The course was a long 10k (~6.8mi).  It was an out and back course with a beautiful view of Folsom Lake.  The full marathon and the 50k racers started half an hour before I did.  The half marathon and 10k racers started together.  The start was up a short hill and then down a hill onto the levy for about a mile.  This gave us the chance to spread out a bit before we hit the single track trail.

Although there are some rollers on this course, it was nothing like the course I ran last month (Knickerbocker Canyon Trail Race).  My quads were happier with the descents on this course, too.  Since I knew the course, I knew where I could push myself and where the rollers were.  From racing this course, I learned that I’m still very conservative on the downhill and this is my weak area.  I guess I will continue to improve with time.  After all, I only switched to full time trail running in January.  I also learned that I would much rather create the dust than eat someone else’s dust.

2013-04-27 Folsom Point Trail elevation

I worked hard the first half of the race, downed a gel and was ready for some water by the time I made it to the aid station.  I’m still getting used to the idea of seeing all the food (and there’s quite a spread) out at the aid stations during a race.  I’m used to running past an aid station and grabbing water on the go.  I know that I will appreciate these full service types of aid stations as my race mileage increases.  But, for now, I grabbed my 2 cups of water and chugged them as quickly as I could and was back to running.

I knew that I wanted to work equally hard on the way back.  I also knew by this time that I was in the lead (first female).  I wanted this win and didn’t want to make any mistakes that would jeopardize it.  I pushed as hard as I could and since this was an out and back race, I had to pass by the other runners.  Everyone seemed to know the trail educate and we were able to pass each other without any problems.  Thank you to the runners who let me squeeze by in the few narrow areas.  Along the way, I received lots of cheering and positive comments.  I really appreciated it.  Trail runners are so friendly and supportive of each other!  Every shout out helped me run a little faster.

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By the time I reached the 1 mile to go point, I was chanting to myself, “You’ve got this……you’ve got this.”  As I climbed the last roller, I had to peek to make sure no other gal was too close by.  Nope.  I had a good lead.  I made it to the top of the roller and I knew it was downhill to the finish chute!  And, by the way, the view at the end was beautiful!  However, the best part was seeing my husband and daughter at the finish line to cheer me on (my son was away at camp).

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A little peek at the results:

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full results:


The BUILD Continues………

The build continues…….But where am I going with this?

I just completed week 16 of training.  I was reviewing my training log to make sure everything is going as I hoped.  I could definitely see my pattern through the weeks of  build, build, rest and recovery, build, build, rest and recovery.

2013 week 1 - 16 mileage graph

However, the build seems to be going slower than previous years.  I began wondering, “How come my weekly mileage is only 26 miles?  It seems like it’s taking forever to get to the 30 miles a week point.”  I like getting to the point of running 30+ miles a week simply because I love the feeling of running that mileage.  My body doesn’t complain and I feel like I have to put in some effort to get that point.

I was stuck on the slow build.  So, I gave it some more thought.  There are 2 things to take into consideration.

  1. I need to remember that I run fewer miles on the trail than on the road.  Up until this point, my runs have been based on minutes, not miles.
  2. I wanted to compare last year’s numbers to this year’s.  It turns out that I’m only a mile off of last year’s mileage at this point of training.

Bottom line……I need to be content with my progress.

I realized a few more things and came up with some questions (please comment if you can help me out)…….

I noticed that I never planned an A RACE.  I didn’t plan one since this is more of a, “take it easy,” year.  Do you always have to have an A RACE?

I also realized that I don’t really know when I’m supposed to peak?  Suggestions????  Without a designated A race, which usually creates a natural time to peak, will I peak? I’d love someone to chime in and tell me.  Otherwise, I’ll be researching this a bit more.

One thing I do know is that I’m getting ready to race again next weekend……yippee!

For you locals, it’s not too late to register:

I’m running the 10k.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

The Lupines are Blooming!

The Folsom Lake area is beautiful to begin with.  But, right now it’s especially gorgeous.  The grasses are green and the lupine flowers are blooming.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been able to enjoy several trail runs around the lake, all with quite a view.  I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in such a great area!

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Salmon Falls Trail

I came across a website and learned something about the area.   I thought I should share this information with you.  “Once every 5 – 10 years, the lupines bloom all at once and cover the land by Folsom Lake like rich purple carpets.”  I had no idea that this only happens every 5-10 years.  It won’t last long.  So, for all my local readers, you’ve got to get out and see it for yourself.  (Don’t forget to bring your camera.)  It’s absolutely stunning!!!!


Borrowed from:

Once every 5 – 10 years, the lupines bloom all at once and cover the land by Folsom Lake like rich purple carpets.FOLSOM LAKE SRA – The last time the lupines did this show for us it was 2008. Park Watch Reporters say this year is possibly even better than 2008.The best place to see the lupines is the Beach Trail. You can access this trail from either Granite Bay Staging or Sterling Pointe Equestrian Staging.The blooms will last about another week, but the lake is rising fast right now and may cover them soon.

2013-04-18 spring pic 1

Salmon Falls Trail

Life Happens……..

How do you react when things don’t go as planned?  Well, March gave me a lesson in being flexible.

I was just looking over my training for the month of March and realized it was NOWHERE close to what I had planned.  I know that consistency is important and I am usually a very consistent person.  However, sometimes, life happens……..

The first week of March went well and I was able to stick to my plan.

March week1


week 1 – 22.73 run miles

The second week, things changed.  I had a very sick kiddo at home, which meant multiple all nighters for me.   Then, my other child got sick.  I was lucky to be able to jump on the trainer as much as I did.    And quite frankly, I would give up all my exercise to keep them healthy.

March week2

week 2 – 0 run miles……gulp!

I found a little more routine and consistency in week three.  Although this was a race week, my mileage was good.

March week3week 3 – 25.21 run miles

The fourth week was another unexpected week.  Even though I had this week planned as a recovery week, I didn’t realize how beat up my legs would be from the race.  This was also spring break for the kids, so I was happy to take a few days off and have some fun with them.  But, 3.84 miles of running?  Really?  Cycling has saved me more than once.  Not only is it a great source of cross training, but when I can’t run, for whatever reason, I can get a good, solid workout on the trainer.

March week4week 4 – 3.84 run miles…….ouch!

It’s a new month and thankfully this week started out well and I have found the routine and consistency I crave.  Let’s just hope March was a fluke.  I know that there will be times that my training has to take a back seat.  I’m thankful that I was able to jump back into my plan (as we all know I love “plans”) and the future months allow me time to train.

2013 March week5week 5 – 25.0 run miles

Here’s to training……..