Despite three straight days of running on sore legs, my body felt good on Thursday. After morning rain, I assumed the cooler, drier air had moved in. My plan was to repeat a workout I did several weeks back on the Quonset Bike Path - 4 x half miles with half mile jogs between. Upon leaving the office, I quickly realized that the weather was hotter and way more humid than I expected. Earlier in the summer, I would not have run, but now I am acclimated to these conditions. My results: 3:00/2:58/2:57/3:08 Definitely more challenging than last time when I ran faster. I knew I wasn't as fast, but I'm happy with how I felt doing this in the heat.
The weather couldn't have been better on Friday. The only problem was that I was stuck at the office. As the day wore on, it became more apparent that I would have to run late in the afternoon. Finally, I was able to leave and decided to run the Gravelly Hill trails (SKLT property). Basically an out and back course, I did get a little confused in a new section and did a small loop that added 2 minutes to my time each way. The trails are really fun - smooth enough to go fast, but hilly (I counted 11 each way!). I reached half way in 27:58, then turned around and finished in 56:52. Based on the effort, and the dry air, I called it 8 miles.
At night, my wife and I went to Providence for Indian food and to see Social Distortion at Lupo's.