Monday: 14 miles - Ryan Park trails (2 x 7 mile loop) solo. I felt inspired to go for a long run today after my brother's 2:34 marathon and Dan and Tom's 1:35 half marathon on Sunday. My legs felt sort of sluggish - probably due to lugging wood up my slope over the weekend - but I ran through it. The spectacular weather helped. Total time - 1:41:04 (first loop 51:12, second 49: 52). This put my yearly mileage over 1,000!
Tuesday: 8 miles - Quonset Bike Path and Calf Pasture Point roads solo. My goal was to go nice and easy, but I get distracted by the mileage markers and push a little harder than I need to. My body was tired, but I maintained 7:35 mile pace for the first 6 miles. I picked up the last two - 7:00 and 6:39, for a total time of 59:12. Another perfect day. At this point, I probably will set a weekly mileage PR - I love running in this weather!
Wednesday: 7 miles - Rome Point trails with Dan. Yet another great day for a run. Total time - 52:58.
Thursday: 5 miles - Ryan Park trails with Dan and Brad. We snuck in a quick run late in the afternoon after the first wave of thunderstorms moved through. The 2nd wave was coming just as we started, but it just produced some incredible gusts of wind and a little rain. Lots of leaves down.
Friday: 12 miles - Ryan Park trails (2 x 5 mile loop + 2 mile fields) alone. Despite a lot of miles this week, my body felt really good on this run. I was surprised how many people were in the woods today with the chilly 50 degree temperature and gusty winds. I even bumped into a fellow trail runner a couple of times I hadn't seen before. I'm really happy with my results: 36 minutes 1st 5 miles, 35 minutes 2nd 5 miles, sub 14 minutes last 2 miles - for a total time of 1:24:51. New weekly mileage PR with 2 days to go....
Saturday: 1 mile - Ninigret Park - slow jog alongside my son riding a bike. My legs are extremely tired. I spent an hour woodcutting in the AM, followed by a walk with the family in the Carter Preserve.
Sunday: 5 miles - Shumunkanuc Hill roads in the early AM. My legs are still tired, but not as bad. A nice hilly run at a medium slow pace. Another hike with the family in the Carter Preserve followed by front yard football.
Weekly Total: 52 miles
Last Week: 34 miles
Year to Date: 1,045 miles