I’ve gone all in with CrossFit since about 6 weeks postpartum, but I have been really lax with running. I will go on a “tear” and run 8 miles a week.* Or I will let 3 weeks go by with no running at all and bust out 2 miles on the treadmill. The schizophrenic temperatures in Atlanta lately haven’t helped with my motivation – 70 degrees on Sunday and 30 degrees on Monday!
I think the only thing that will help me get back on track is actually training for a race. I did the easy part of signing up for stuff but I haven’t done the hard part of actually implementing a training plan. I’ll be working on that this week.
The Big Peach store in Kennesaw, with its close proximity to Kennesaw Mountain, is a fantastic resource for trail runners or those looking to get into trail running. I noticed a post from an ultrarunning Facebook friend about hosting a Saturday run on the new trails at KeMo. I was eager to explore them, but definitely hesitant about the group run thing because I’m SO slow. However, The Mister was off on Saturday. Most importantly, my reduced pumping schedule (and freezer stash!) is giving me a bit more freedom to leave the house without worrying about feeding the baby or my supply. How could I not take the chance to go for a run on new trails?
So off I went for a 6-mile jaunt on the new trails. The volunteer trail group is doing great things out there and I made sure to thank one of them when I saw him working on a new footbridge. The new route was beautiful and rolling and will be really fun to run when I’m not dragging tail anymore. As it stands, I did a run/hike thing to ensure that I could complete the distance. I told the group to go on without me at the turnaround because I thought I could find my way back and I didn’t want to hold anyone to my snail-like pace. Plus, I don’t get much time alone without a “Mommy, can you…” or a cry interrupting my thoughts. Just moving along and listening to some music in the nice weather was a tiny slice of peace.
Given my history in various trail races, you must know that I got lost! I didn’t panic though. I might miss the finer details when running trails but I usually remember the big picture. I couldn’t figure out how to take the park trails back to the Visitor’s Center, but I knew I could take the dirt road to a main road and then get back to the park. Running along Stilesboro Road halfway in the ditch sucked but it got me back to where I needed to be. I eventually spied a footbridge on the trail I should have been on and some lightweight bushwacking put me back on course.
I said all of this to say that Big Peach Kennesaw is going to make this group a regular thing on the 1st and 15th of the month. Check it out if you want to try to run some trails! If you are really slow like me and uncomfortable with making faster people wait for you, I would suggest bringing a pace buddy and really paying attention to where you are going. They are also starting a FREE trail “race” series that builds up in distance to a half-marathon which I think is awesome. I’m making it my business to run all of these because you get a T-Shirt if you finish the series. I don’t work for Big Peach or get any kickbacks from them. I just love trail running and the people at BP are so nice and eager to get people out into the woods.
So I’m updating my race calendar for the first half of the year with the Mountain Goat races I already signed up for as well as the Big Peach series. My plans for the rest of the year are up in the air and really depend on how well I run and how much weight I can lose. I would love to be able to run Mystery Mountain Marathon in October but realistically I don’t know that I would be ready. I’ll have to see how I feel after the Rope Mill Half in June!
03/08 – Assault on Garland Mountain 4-miler
03/15 – Big Peach Kennesaw Trail Series 5K
04/19 – Battle of Allatoona Creek 9-miler
05/24 – Sutallee Trace Trail Challenge 10-miler
06/07 – Big Peach Kennesaw Trail Series 10K
06/14 – Rope Mill Half Marathon
*I used to run ~50 miles/week at a minimum so calling 8 miles/week a “tear” is laughable.