Friday, October 14, 2011

26.2 MILES OF DIRT IN MY SHOES....THIS MAY HURT A LITTLE!

On the long run last week!
  Running...I have been doing lots of that in the last few weeks post Ironman!!! After the major issues with my foot from Ironman, I can't believe that I'm about to run the distance again so soon! I have been feeling really good running over the last couple of weeks so I've decided to do few races. I am still swimming and biking as well but am focusing most on the run at the moment since it's now triathlon 'off' season. I must have temporarily lost my sanity upon pushing the submit registration button for the race I am will be running on Saturday. It is a trail marathon!  The Triple Lakes Trail Marathon...it's 26.2 miles on a single track mountain bike trail with fallen leaves covering rocks, roots, stumps, holes etc etc. Main objective for the day....try not to trip, fall, twist or break anything.

Fallen leaves will makes things a bit more difficult!

 I do love trail running and just like last year on the heels of Ironman, I have taken to the trails. Cross training during the off season is very important to me. I add trail running and mountain biking in with my training and it just mixes things up and makes things more fun. Plus, I have read that trail running will make your legs stronger due to the fact that most trails require running hills and also trail running requires more total-body fitness and a better sense of running technique than running on the roads.Trail running also causes a runner to modify their running form thus changing the impact zones. This is different from road running and in a way is “cross-training” from traditional road running.  Soft dirt trails will provide a welcome relief to your joints. The addition of roots, rocks, short steep inclines, trees and streams mean plenty of jumping, hopping and climbing which not only build strength but agility. The feet are often overlooked when it comes to run training but trails are an excellent way to strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg. I have been suffering from Plantar Fasciitis since July and have really been hoping it will work itself out. It hasn't yet and so I have to be careful with this and hope than the tendon doesn't rupture. The trails have made running a little easier with the problem and with my RockTape on, so far so good.

But back to the race....I am very excited to run this marathon and am going in with absolutely no expectations. I have done marathons before, but never one like this so I have no idea what to expect. I will give it my all and have fun doing it! I will also be running another 20k trail race in a few weeks and this should be a good one too! It's the trails that I am training on at the moment so definitely I can't wait for that one :)

Here is a great article if you are interested in taking up trail running/racing-Trail Racing 101

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