Last week we had full on summer in New Hampshire with hot and humid weather in the 90’s all week. It was hard to motivate to get out and workout in the heat but I slogged through it all and had some great workouts and a race at the Loon Mountain Race!
On Monday I met up with one of my best running friends Bridget to run on our local trails. The trail system we chose is called Boston Lot. This trail network is pretty expansive and leads to cool sights like an old rock quarry. The trails are marked with signs but still very confusing so I would suggest snapping a photo of the map beforehand for reference. My friend Bridget and I run trails all the time together but are both super directionally challenged so spend a lot of time getting lost on tacking on extra miles. Our run ended up being six sweaty miles. We were thankful to be a little cooler in the woods!
The humidity was stifling and I had a time crunched schedule so I opted for an indoor workout in the air conditioning on Tuesday. 45 minutes on the elliptical did the job.
On Wednesday I ran a 4 miler out and back from my house. We live on a dirt road which is always great to run on and there is a lot of tree coverage so it was thankfully slightly cooler.
This was a day to conquer my fears. I recently had an encounter with a bear on one of my local trails when I was running with my dog. This has made me super nervous to run alone on the trails. Since it was still incredibly hot though I wanted to run in the woods. So, I opted to head back to the Lyme Hill trail and to try again. This time Teddy Bear, my schnauzer/shihtzu stayed home. I wore my Nathan pack because it has a whistle and blew the whistle several times as I ran. I wanted to make sure to scare any bears away. I still startle at the slightest rustle in the leaves which is usually a squirrel or chipmunk. This trail is short but has a good little elevation gain. roundtrip is 1.8 miles. No bears this time just a great short run followed by a plunge in the Connecticut River to cool off afterwards.
YOGA. I haven’t done yoga in awhile but I have some free passes so I decided to check out the Mighty Yoga studio. I love yoga but it is hard for me to bend like a pretzel. I am not very flexible from all of my running and there is always a lot of popping of hips and poses that are hard for me to achieve. I always feel great afterwards though. The calming breathing in yoga sessions always makes me feel great and I love the feeling of opening my joints.
In anticipation of running the Loon Mountain Race on Sunday I went out for an easy, flat 4 miler on the Northern Rail Trail. This trail goes on for miles and miles. There were many people out biking and running. I am looking forward to running here with my dog again soon.
LOON Mountain Race. 6.6 miles of mountain running “fun.” It’s been 5 years since I ran this race and was happy to be back for the challenge. There were a record 500+ women running the race due to increased participation with an initiative by the race directors and Trail Sisters to get more women running the race. I had no expectations for the race other than to get out and enjoy being on the mountain. It was sunny but not too hot with bluebird skies. I finished in 1:38.52, 16/62 in my age group. This is a challenging course so I was pleased with my finish time considering the fact that I haven’t been running as much lately since CrossFit entered my life. I want to run this race again though and train harder to see if I can beat my time. A highlight of the race was getting to see my awesome running an d blogging friends Sarah (Run Far Girl) and Angela (Happy Fit Mama)! A full race recap is coming soon!
Did you race this week? What was your best workout?