Monday: 8 miles - Ryan Park trails with Brad. A fantastic spring day - 60 degrees and sunny. We took it easy through the woods and I finished up by running the fields plus some extra trail work to get 8 in. Total time: 62:53.
Tuesday: 9 miles - Rome Point trails with Greg. My bro was down to celebrate our dad's birthday, and he also got to take advantage of some fast and dry Rhody trails. We had a great run weaving through Rome Point and running the shoreline out to the bridge and back. It was a nice fast pace, but not taxing for me, except when we pushed hard up the hill. We stopped briefly to watch 3 deer be chased by some fast dogs. Total time: 61:28.
Wednesday: 8 miles - Calf Pasture Point roads, trails, and beach alone. My body felt stressed and tight and I needed coffee before heading out for my run. I took it slow, and stopped frequently to smell the roses (I couldn't smell them because they stuffed up my nose). I wandered around to make sure I wasn't missing any hidden gem side trails (I wasn't). My right calf felt sore, but I just kept running, guessing it wasn't a big deal. Total time about 64 minutes.
Thursday: 13 miles - Semi-Epic Pachaug/Arcadia trail run with Boj and Matty P. Separate write up to follow. Total time: 1:40.
Friday: 0 - didn't get the chance to run during the day - tired anyway.
Sunday: 4 miles - Hilly House Loop (3.67 miles) solo with trail cooldown with my kids. I haven't run this loop in about a year. My best time was 24:51 on this course. There's a killer 1 mile climb near the end that always slows me down. I wanted to see how I've improved in the last year, so I gave it a good effort. My first mile was 6:06 and I was still on that pace at the second mile mark (not knowing exactly where it was). There are some decent hills the first two miles, so I felt good about my time. Beginning the one mile climb, I could feel myself slowing down, and I was losing the mental battle. I finished up in 23:43 - 6:27 pace. I was hoping to be a little faster pace-wise, but it did give me the confidence that I could string together 3.1 miles at 6:06 on a flat course to reach my goal of sub 19 minutes.
Overall: It's always a fun week when the Keenyans are in town on school vacation. Great weather. I could have hit 50 miles if I was able to figure out when I could have run on Friday. Oh well.
This Week: 42 miles
Last Week: 44 miles
Year to Date: 648 miles