This week is week 7 of my 10 week training plan. Seven weeks ago, I decided that I was going to train for my first 35k (~22 miles) run. I was already half marathon trained and had been for a few months. I was ready to increase my mileage on the trails and challenge myself.
This is my last build week and I will end the week with a 20 mile trail run. I figure if I can run 20 miles, then I can run 22 miles on race day! Next week I will begin the taper phase which will last 3 weeks. The weeks have gone by quickly and I am pleased with my progress.
Mini goal update:
A few weeks ago I decided I would also set a mini goal to help keep things fun while working on my main goal of building my endurance for the 35k race. As my mini goal, I wanted to run the trails that encircle Folsom Lake.
Last week I completed more of the trails. I ran from Sterling Pointe to Granite Bay.
I enjoyed running Sterling Pointe to Granite Bay and back since I hadn’t ever run the trails in this area. I also learned that it is part of the AR50 course. Let me tell you, this was eye opening for me. I found it to be challenging with all the rocks and the steps. I always enjoy learning local race courses.
I also ran part of the Darrington Trail (aka Salmon Falls Trail).
On this run we were in search of a bridge that is completely covered by water during times of the year. (yes, I wrote about this last week).
Old Salmon Falls Bridge
In addition to running new trails, I also found myself learning some history. If you’d like to read more about it you can at this link:
And, here is another run where I completed more of the Darrington Trail.
This time I was in search of an aqueduct that is normally under water. We found it!
Another historical bridge/aqueduct that is now visible due to low water levels
Here is a map of the trails that I have run around Folsom Lake so far. I marked the completed sections in purple.