I finished off my last big training week with my second 20 mile run, and it was a success! Zach’s parents are in town from Montana and we all drove out to a beautiful trail west of Portland. Zach ran 18 miles, I ran 20, and the folks hiked a few miles. It was great. I love running.
Here is the recap of my weekend and a few pictures:
4.0 miles/34:55/8:44 average pace
Waterfront run with Zach
(Saturday: 60 minute Vinyasa yoga class)
20.0 miles/2:54:25/8:43 average pace
Banks Vernonia Trail
This trail is so beautiful and so quiet. It’s one of my very favorite places to run. It’s a rails-to-trails path and is over 20 miles long. Part of it is flat and runs through farmland, and part of it climbs up through forested hills.
We parked at a mid-point and ran out and back in both directions. First, we ran down a couple of miles and then out and back on the flat section. Then it was up, up, up back past the car and through the forest. This part was pretty tough, but the reward was finishing on a nice downhill grade. Here is how that played out in terms of my pace:
2 miles downhill @ 8:44 pace
8 miles flat @ 8:47 pace
6 miles uphill @ 9:08 pace
4 miles downhill @ 7:56 pace
The sun was out and the temperature was so comfortable- high 50’s and low 60’s by the end. So nice to finally get some sunshine.
I pushed a bit harder this time compared to my last 20 miler and my legs are feeling it this afternoon. That could be the accumulation of all my training miles though. Nothing hurts, I’m just tired and sore. I’ll take it. And with three weeks until the Eugene Marathon, I’m heading into taper territory so it’s recovery time! That’s pretty fantastic. More time for yoga and hot tubbing and sleeping. :)
total miles for the week: 52.1
A few pictures from my run today:
Looking back at the flat farmland stretch of the trail:
Post-run brunch at Tin Shed in Alberta
Thanks for reading! :)