Yesterday I had to get out for a run. Work has been boring and Ari and I have been dealing with some major work issues at his job. I needed to clear my head out but the thought of hitting the pavement in my usual spots just drained all excitement from me. I had heard there was a nice quiet and pretty flat trail about 3 miles from our house. Perfect! Ari and I loaded his bike in the car and we headed over. Boy, were we not disappointed! It's the Los Alamitos Creek Trail in Almaden and it was awesome. It starts at a lake that is right in the middle of suburbia and winds along the beautiful foothills that surround us. It was chilly! My legs felt like led from the cold and it was only 50 degrees! That made me a little worried - I have a feeling the temps are going to be in the 30's when the race starts on Sunday! Soon my legs were warmed up and I was cruising. I am so excited I found this trail, too! I think it is one that I can go to by myself and not worry too much. It was very well traveled yesterday, we passed a ton of people. Yay for new running trails. Six great miles!
6 miles 47:11 7:51/mi pace
1st 3 miles 24:13 8:04/mi pace
2nd 3 miles 22:58 7:39/mi pace (yay! negative split!)
I forgot to take our camera but I pulled some pics of the website to show you just how awesome of a trail it is!
This was a run that I really needed. The change of scenery was just what the doctor ordered! I think I am going to try it again tonight - it was so easy to get to and so easy to bang out six miles quickly.
I am going to run on Sunday but I am just not thinking about it. I had all these fears because I really wanted to BQ for 2011 again. Plus, once you run a sub 3:40 isn't it kind-of expected you keep doing it? Probably not, but that is what my brain is telling me. How can I show up for a marathon and run slow? I am telling myself right now to just go out and enjoy it. No pressure. I am sure I will be well below 4 hours, I just don't need to focus on a sub 3:40 if my legs and heart are not feeling it. I am super stoked to meet up with all the bloggy peeps that will be there so that will make it all worth it! Oh, and I am pretty excited about being a Maniac - even if the singlet is a gawd-awful yellow! :)
3 Days to go to CIM! Have a great Thursday peeps!