A friend recently told me about a few trails through the woods around our neighborhood and I have run a few times on them but only for short distances - the trails are just too isolated for me to run them alone. This morning, Kevin and I explored two different trails and managed to run about 80% of our mileage off-road. It is hard to believe that there are so many trails in this very suburban area but I guess you just have to know where to look. I really like to run on trails but must remember to pay attention to the ground because it is so uneven and rocky.
The Army Ten Miler is just over one month away (October 20th) and I feel really good about my running. Although I wasn't too happy when we started running this morning, I am glad I stuck with it. Not only did it give Kevin and I some time together, it was a good run and brought my weekly mileage to 24.5 miles. Next week my long run will be 8 miles on Saturday morning since we have a party to go to Saturday night. If that goes well, I will try for a 10 mile long run the following weekend and will then run a 10 mile long run each week until the Ten Miler. Not a very official training plan but I think it will work.
Have a great Monday!