Monday: 5 miles - Rome Point trails alone. I didn't feel sore after my long run yesterday, but I had no energy in my legs, and my mind was dwelling on a busy day at work, not on enjoying the outside. My first 10 minutes were faster than I thought, and then I really dragged until I stopped for a break at the bay. I regrouped, cut my run short, and ran back to my car.
Tuesday: 9 miles - Saunderstown hilly roads alone. I was excited to do my usual hill workout, but also a tad nervous I might have another bad run like yesterday. My legs still felt tight and tired, but I was climbing the hills really well - maybe the best I've done to date. I'm positive I descended better than ever - I'm trying to relax and let my body go, even when it feels out of control. New PR 64:25.
Wednesday: 0 - busy day: 1/2 day of work, daughter's last swim class (entire family swims), and son's kindergarten graduation. Why is a day like this more tiring than a hard run?
Thursday: 12 miles - Ryan Park trails alone. Warm day - 86 - but dry. My plan was to get some miles in today. I took it easy and enjoyed the run except for the parts in the sun. Total time: 1:33:50.
Friday: 11 miles - Quonset Bike Path and Calf Pasture Point roads, trails, and beach solo. I didn't have a real plan today, other than chasing some miles. Somehow I decided to drive over to the bike path and while I was enroute, I determined I would throw in a 2 mile tempo (inspired by Muddy's Wed run?). I wasn't sure what I wanted to run with: shirt?, old shoes? (wet), water bottle? I chose yes, yes, and no. I soon realized that no, yes, yes would have been preferred. It was really humid, and the all day rain was just ending when I began my run. I began my 2 mile tempo almost immediately. I wasn't sure what to expect. I glanced down at my watch after 1 mile and was pleased with the 6:09 I saw. I tried to maintain my pace through the end of mile 2 and finished up in 12:24 - roughly my 5K pace. I slowed down and began the scenic portion of my run. I ditched my shirt and had a vision of cooling off in the bay when I got there. I also decided that I would repeat the 2 mile tempo at the end of my run if I felt into it. As soon as I turned onto the trail section, a furry black creature ran across the trail, looked at me, and quickly ran back into the woods. I'm assuming it was a mink and not a fisher. When I reached the bay, I was greeted by a screaming headwind. It cooled me off instantly. The tide was really low, and there was a Great Egret poking around. I passed an upside down horseshoe crab trying to flip itself back over. I had a moral debate if I should help it out or let nature run its course. Turning around was welcomed as the wind now pushed me. I didn't see the mink again in the woods. As I approached the bike path, I was feeling good so I decided to attempt the 2nd 2 mile tempo. I was running into the wind this time (didn't notice the tailwind on the first one) and I was hoping to just keep it sub 13 minutes. My first mile was 6:31, but I was able to go faster on the second, for a 12:51 total. I was pretty happy with my effort and finished the run in 1:19:17.
Saturday: 0 - great hike with the kids in Parker Woodland - 3+ miles. My son hiked or trail ran the entire way. My daughter required shoulder rides at times, but whining was at a minimum for both. Flacos and the park at night.
Weekly Total: 48 miles
Last Week: 61 miles
Year to Date: 1066 miles