Tips on how to make your trail run better than mine.

So I never told you guys about my trail run on Sunday morning.  It was ‘fun’ but also really, really hard.  Like waaaay harder than I remembered.  I finally convinced Mike that running over rocks and roots was a much better idea than running around the boring ‘burbs again.  He was game so we threw on running clothes and drove down the street to The Fells in Medford.

I ran the orange trail 3 times last year so I thought I knew where we were going.  Mistake #1.  We jogged into the woods, followed a couple of wrong paths and had to run back to the parking lot to examine the trails again, more specifically the Reservoir Trail:

“Reservoir Trail: Orange blazes. 5.2 miles. Average hiking time: 3.5 hours. The Reservoir Trail encircles the north, middle and south reservoirs and the open water can be seen from many sites (the reservoirs are for drinking water, so access to them is prohibited). A moderate to difficult hike.”

About 2 hours later we emerged from the woods covered in sweat, dirt, and blood and dying of thirst.  I fell halfway through the run and landed on a bunch of rocks.  I was fine; just scuffed up and bleeding on my arm, thigh, and knee. Mike also whipped out at one point but thankfully was uninjured.  But doesn’t every trail runner fall at some point? 😉

Our first experience trail running together wasn’t as glamorous as I’d imagined but it was a hard-ass workout and something we’ll be doing again (although probably not making it a Sunday tradition…. )

After the run we showered up, iced the scrapes and bruises and then headed out to Grumpy Doyle’s to relax and enjoy the AC.

The battle wounds.  There’s more on my thigh but I’ll spare you the pic’s 🙂

Turkey, avocado, bacon sandwich w/ sweet potato fries and a beer = the BEST post-run meal.

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Even though we didn’t have the perfect trail run it doesn’t mean you should the same experience…..  Here are my top tips for your next trail run!

Tips For Trail Running:

  • Research the trails before you go.  Make sure you know the difficulty of each trail and which one is right for you.  If you’re just starting out, you should start with a shorter, easier trail and slowly work your way to the harder trails.
  • Carry a water bottle (and store an extra one in the car for after the run).  I thought I was fine running without a water bottle; such a rookie mistake.  It was 88 degrees and humid during our run and I was dying of thirst the entire time.
  • Wear sunblock.  You may think the trails are covered with shade since you’re in the woods but trust me the sun peaks through all over the trails.  Layer up!
  • Invest in trail running sneakers.  After falling on my face and almost falling numerous other times, I’m now a firm believer in trail running sneakers.  They have soles that improve your traction which is key on a rocky, slippery route.
  • Keep a first-aid kit in your car.  Band-aids and anti-septic wipes would have really come in handy after our run! 
  • Leave your expectations at home and slow it down.  Trail running is much harder than running on a flat surface so make sure you take it slow.  Walk too if the trails are dangerous.  It’s not worth it to run fast and hurt yourself.
  • Don’t run with music.  I’m sure no one brings an iPod out on the trails but just wanted to remind ya.  Who needs music when you can listen to the birds chirping or the huffin’ & puffin’/bitching from me? 😉
  • Buddy up: Personally I’d never trail run alone but if you really can’t find a buddy and just have to trail run than make sure you tell someone which trail you’re running.

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You guys have any other tips? 

Do you enjoy trail running?

Juice cleanse results and a run through Breakheart.

Where do I start with this juice cleanse?  I guess I could get right to it; I didn’t finish the 2 day cleanse.  I made it through 1 1/2 days and then gave in to my food and coffee cravings.  But hey, at least I tried right?

So here’s a quick breakdown of the Skinny Limits cleanse:

Pro’s

  • The juice was delicious!  Even the green juice was so much better than my last cleanse (PS I completed the 2-day cleanse last time!  Just in case you forgot ;))
  • The cleanse was cheaper than most other ones.  It was $98 for 2 days plus around $30 for overnight shipping.  Other cleanses are about $50 more.
  • I had a great nights sleep without the help of melatonin!  Maybe it’s because I didn’t consume any coffee?  But I slept like a baby which never ever happens….
  • Even though I didn’t last the full 2 days I still felt way less bloated and I really do feel healthier!  Plus, after drinking just juice it makes you question what you want to put in your body.  Instead of eating crap I opted for healthy foods today.  I had tofu and steamed veggies for lunch and salmon and veggies for dinner.

Con’s

  • I was HUNGRYYYY!  I don’t know how people say they aren’t hungry during a cleanse (I truly think they’re lying… ) but I was hungry and constantly thinking about food.  And a hungry Julie is never good.
  • They sent me the wrong juice!  I ordered the “juice cleanse variety pack” and was sent the “standard juice cleanse”.  I think I’ll call and ask about this…

In conclusion, I’m A-OK with the decision to not finish the cleanse.  Yeah it sucks I paid for 2 days and didn’t have the will power to stick with it but I still benefited in the fact that I a) feel better and b) want to continue making smarter food choices and incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet. 🙂

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Since I didn’t stick with the cleanse, I had more than enough energy to go for a run this afternoon.  Mike and I ventured down the street to Breakheart Reservation and ran the 3 mile loop through the woods.

And it was awesome! I still can’t believe such a pretty, woodsy place is 1 mile from my house!?

I bet you’ll be seeing a lot more pic’s of this place on the blog.

Alrighty, time to log off and watch Greys…..  Have a good night, everyone!!

Half of Quincy!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!

I started this wonderful holiday off by running the “Half of Quincy” with my friend, Crystal.  Since we both hadn’t trained for the race it was sooooo tempting to skip it and head to the bar instead (yes, the bar at 8am is always an option ;)).  But we sucked it up and ran.

We started the race together and ran a comfortable 8:45ish pace for the first 5 miles.  My body felt great so I picked up my pace and pushed it for the next 8 miles.  I took an energy gu around mile 8, had some twizzlers and jelly beans around miles 10-11(courtesy of the lovely spectators) and had plenty of energy to finish the race strong with a time of 1:48 (8:20/ mile).  My goal was to run around 1:55 so I’m happy with my time.  It’s def not a PR but I’ll run another half this Fall and work on my PR.

After the race, we headed to a local dive bar for some corona lights and to celebrate a pretty decent race.

Do you know what made the race a lot better/easier?  Well, besides the perfect running weather?

I kept thinking about the article Beyond The Mantra and changed every negative thought that crossed my mind into a POSITIVE ONE (My legs aren’t heavy and tired.  They feel awesome!  I could run all day!! etc.) 

I’m telling you guys, it really worked.  You have to try it!

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How was your weekend?

Did you run a race?  How’d you do?

What’s the weather like where you are?

-It’s 60’s and sunny in Boston 🙂