Fall Fitness 7: 10K Desert Trail Run

I thought it fitting that my final entry of ‘Fall Fitness’ ends with the 10K desert trail race I ran yesterday. It was beautiful out in the desert and great weather for running – not too hot or cold. And no, fall is not over, and neither is my fitness journey, but I thought from next week onwards on the blog I would focus more on some Fall Feasting ideas leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So here was my final week of training leading up to the run in Las Cruces, New Mexico:


Morning walk

Yoga stretches


Morning run, and then a big walk with a friend and our babies

Yoga stretches


Lunch time yoga class

Evening body weight class


Rest day

Afternoon walk for some shopping – I bought a juicer and a truckload of fruits and vegetables 😉


Morning walk and a short run – my muscles were still feeling the Tuesday night fitness class 🙂

Lunch time yoga class

During today’s run and yoga class I was aware that they were my last ones before the 10K! I made sure to run some hills as part of today’s run as I’m expecting the desert trail to have quite a few hills.


Rest day – part of my plan to have a successful run tomorrow includes today being a rest day for sure!

Morning walk and afternoon walk

Foam roller


Desert Dash Trail Race – a 10K run through the Chihuahuan Desert, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

I have been running regularly for 15 weeks now and I succeeded in my goal today which was to run slowly for the full 10K without stopping to walk. It has really helped to slowly work my way up to longer and longer runs. The first big challenge was the 5K (3 miles), and then 5 miles with the local running group, and now that I have done the 10K (6 miles) I’m thinking the next step will be a 10 mile. A half marathon still feels like it is a bit further into the future for me, as it would be 13.1 miles. It will be a great goal to have someday though! I was well-rested for this desert run and didn’t feel any discomfort in my hips which was excellent. Finding the right balance between training and resting leading up to an event is always a bit of a challenge but things worked out well with the run and I was happy with how it went.

Coming up on the blog from next week: my seven day meal plan and simple recipes I have been promising to post, ideas for Christmas and Thanksgiving food, and lots more photos and fun!

Thanks for sharing my fitness journey!

Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x

P.S. I recently finished reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running which was great! It was written by Haruki Murakami, and he talks about his experiences running marathons in different parts of the world. Even as a “Rookie Runner” I can relate to some of what he writes about. A great little book!

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