Pretty Productive Week

Lots of good stuff has been going on this week.

St. Edwards Park creek crossing
St. Edwards Park, off of Old Spicewood Springs Road, is my favorite trail in Austin. The creek crossing can be quite refreshing after a rain.

I’ve gotten lots of things done around the house, and I’ve been working steadily and successfully on my writing.

Runs have been okay…I’ve been tired this week, so I’ve tried to keep my trail runs to about an hour. I ran an hour at St. Ed’s on Monday, about 1:12 at the HCTR’s Walnut Creek run Tuesday morning (which felt tougher than usual, what with the first 50 minutes of the run being in the dark), and an hour at last night’s HCTR Wednesday night ramble (I cut it short when I felt off, opting to take Cedar Chop when the rest of the group headed on down the old powerline loop).

Today, my friend Tracy showed me some new trails in a neighborhood, and our run stretched to about an hour and a half, including time spent looking at fossils, the trail map, local scenery, and checking out bathrooms at a park.

I felt pretty pokey, but I’d much rather feel a little off on a fun trail run than out on the road somewhere.

I have one of my longest runs coming up this weekend. I’d like to do about a 4:30 to 5:00 trail run. This weekend and next weekend are peak weeks for my Palo Duro Trail Run 50K training; after that, I will taper off until race day.  The race suddenly seems to have gotten very close.

Taking on a 100-Miler

A friend of mine’s husband did the Leadville 100 miler, the “race across the sky,” the other week (she crewed for him), and I just read their race reports. Man, I cannot tell you how inspiring they were. I think completing a 100-miler is turning into a burning desire for me. If the 50 miler in February goes well, I may abandon any interest in revisiting Ironman in the near future and instead focus on this goal. Of course, I’d need to do a 100K first, and I’d love that to be the 100K out at Bandera.

For the last few years, I’ve done things because I enjoyed the people who wanted to do them, while the events themselves were not something that particularly called to me. The 100, however, is speaking directly to me. You know it’s a strong desire when you don’t care if anybody else has any remote interest in running the race with you.

And you know what: maybe I’m cocky or an idiot or naive, but I know I could finish 100 miles. I just have to get fast enough to do it in the time frame they allot. Like Sisson said to me at the Leadville Trail Marathon — I’d just run out of race. Right now, I’d just run out of time.

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

0 thoughts on “Pretty Productive Week

  1. Keep me posted – I need some inspiration. Have an awesome run tomorrow. The group is going to be out at Bastrop (in case you happen to show up there :-)) If not, see you Sunday at brunch or for hills or Monday for biking … lots to do. Have fun at soccer!

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