My last weekend of long runs before my second 50k, Leona Divide was tough but the training season has been tough so I wouldn’t have it any other way!
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, I ran with my TeamNutriBullet/Coyote friends. There was a chance of rain so we ran Westridge where the trail does well in the rain since it’s fire road. We ran 8 miles with 1,354 feet of elevation gain.
It was cloudy but I warmed up quickly and had to take off my rain jacket that I wore. It was kind of warm for it being so cloudy. It rained on us in the last mile but it wasn’t too bad.
I got to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while and I challenged myself to run up more of Westridge than I had before and I did it, thanks to Laura and Barb. Running with faster friends always helps me push myself!
I wore my new Balega Blister Resist No Show socks made from wool. I loved them and decided I would wear them for the 50k.
I love being with my Running Tribe. These guys were with me when I first started trail running. They supported me when I ran my first 50k and they’ve seen how much I’ve improved in a year. I love them tons!
On Sunday, April 10, 2016, we had our last practice of the season for the Dirt Divas. We ran Temescal Canyon. Coach Keira came down with the flu so we missed her but I was happy I got one last run in with the girls.
We took a different path to the waterfall than I had taken before. We ran by the information center and restrooms that I didn’t even know were there!
It was still a good climb! We got in 2,130 feet of climbing.
The views were amazing!
We took a different route to Trailer than I had taken previously, too. That was cool!
We saw Skull Rock!
We reached the intersection where Temescal meets Trailer Canyon, the junction I found on my last Trailer Canyon run! I love how all of the trails connect!
I also saw where we could take the trail to Hub. I haven’t run to the Hub yet and look forward to it someday.
We turned around at the point and ended up getting in 7.5 miles. It was a pretty tough run and I tried hard to keep up with the girls and was glad when they would wait for me.
At the Bienvenida trail junction, we took the Sunset route which I also hadn’t done before. So I ended up running 3 different parts of the trail that I hadn’t run before and that was super cool!
We had a great view of the ocean on the way back.
Temescal is a pretty tough trail and I questioned my decision to run again but like I said, the season has been tough throughout. Training with the Dirt Divas has made me stronger and more independent on the trails. I know I will continue to grow and improve next season, too.
Hooray! The last long runs were done! I put in the miles and time on feet. Training is complete and I just need to rest now. I am happy with the training I put in, the ways I challenged myself on the trails and the progress that I’ve made that is now evident when I’m on the trails. For next season, I hope to improve in going downhill and hope to not be as afraid, timid and cautious. It’s all a work in progress!
Your path, your pace, Tam