Monday: 8 miles - Ryan Park trails alone. My feet and lower ankles were tired and sore (probably from Friday's 13 and wearing Nike Free Runs exclusively now). I wanted to run in the woods and avoid the exposed field sections (see header picture) as much as possible because of the very strong NW wind, so I improvised the usual course a bit. I felt sleepy as I strolled the trails and wondered how low my heart rate might be. I felt really relaxed and enjoyed this run. Total time: 61:12.
Tuesday: 11 miles - Calf Pasture Point roads and beach 5M, 8x400 workout on Quonset Bike Path, with 2 mile cooldown on roads to Allen Harbor and back. I wasn't really sure if I would be doing a workout today, but I knew I wanted to do the full run on the beach in the glorious sun. Nothing out of the ordinary to report except more humans than normal out and about. As I was running this portion, I decided to try a 400 workout after a conversation I had with Glenn recently (and Greg has previously talked about this as well). Something to do with the science of running. Due to the strange layout of the bike path - 2.3 miles each way with .5 mile markers - I had to figure out where 400 meters might be. I decided to run 85 seconds and then jog to the next .5 mile mark. I can't say how accurate this was, but it felt right (my fast 800's are just over 2:50). Maybe I should call this workout 8x85 seconds. Total time: 1:22.
Wednesday: 0 - school meeting and then an afternoon/evening with the kids. Last night I had my first anxiety dream about running the race on Sunday. Four more nights to go! On a side note, I'm looking for someone to go see Face to Face with me. They're playing at Lupo's on 5/17. Unfortunately, it's a Tuesday night and the only people I know who like them live in NH.
Thursday: 9 miles - Ryan Park trails with Dan. Despite our late start, we still beat the raindrops (almost) and got in a nice run - not too fast and not too slow. The weather could have been better (46 at the start - 42 at the finish, windy, and damp). Maybe the weather will improve next month. Tomorrow, I'm hoping the rain will end early enough so that I can get in another nice run before Sunday's race. Total time: 65:59.
Friday: 0 - I could have done an easy run, but was not motivated thanks to the cold, damp, windy weather. I'm ready for spring. Nice long band practice at night - new songs for the next wedding gig.
Saturday: 5 miles - Burlingame trails and roads alone in the early morning. A nice easy run in the sunshine!
Sunday: 4 miles - Chariho 5K 19:30 PR by 3 seconds, but not what I was looking for - write up to follow.
Weekly Total: 37 miles
Last Week: 53 miles
Year to Date: 521 miles