Monday: 8 miles - Big River trails alone. I needed to drop paperwork off at the car dealership in Warwick, so I decided to run a few miles in Big River. It was 94 degrees in the asphalt jungle, but much more bearable in the deciduous one. I tried to keep it easy and planned on water or swim breaks. I felt fine, but did stop after a half hour to check out a possible swimming hole. I tried to go back a slightly different way, and of course got confused/lost. Total time: 61:09.
Tuesday: 0 - running was going to be tough today because of obligations and the weather made it easier to take a day of rest. Might be a lower mileage week.
Wednesday: 12 miles total. 8 miles - Rome Point trails alone. My plan was to run as slow as possible to save myself for the 5K run for fun at night. I executed this plan well (67:45), and in the process encountered lots of wildlife (deer on the trail I think I could have touched, barred owl, Cooper's (?) hawk flying ahead of me in the cedar grove, and a red fox). At night, Westerly Run For Fun 5K with Pard and Jon with Kid's Race warm up with Jackson and Ellie. My kids really enjoyed running this race, and I'm glad my parents helped make it work. My 5K plan was to go sub 19 minutes - 18:59 would suffice. I was hoping Muddy would be there to help pace me. Instead I followed a few fast college kids the first mile (5:55). They pulled away, and then Jeff Walker caught up to me. Muddy told me to stay with him, as he probably would be running at my goal pace. I opened up a nice little gap on the only hill on the course, but he soon was back by my side. I felt like I was running pretty hard, and was feeling hot after two miles. I didn't like running the long straight road toward the beach, but Jeff encouraged me to keep going. I knew the finish was getting close. Rounding the last corner, I had the urge to sprint which felt good. I finished in 19:13, a 17 second PR. I wasn't thrilled with the time, but I think that I ran a better 5K than usual. It was hot and humid too. I'm sure I would be under 19 in cooler weather. I chatted with my family and Jon for a while afterwards until the ominous clouds rolled in. A fun day of running.
Thursday: 13 miles - Saunderstown hilly roads alone. I'm not going to lie, it was a chasing miles day. My legs felt dead from yesterday. The downhills were terrible. Using the internet, I devised a new way to do this run, but it turned out that the internet was wrong. So, I did alot more running in the Plum Beach neighborhood than I had planned. I debated going up Gilbert Stuart Road, but I didn't mind the climb. Finally, after running for 75 minutes, my legs felt fine, so I tacked on the Plum Point steep hill at the end. Total time: 1:39:44.
Friday: 10 miles - Rome Point trails (and beach) with Muddy. We both had tired legs, so we took it relatively easy, and Muddy was able to take in the sights. Nothing out of the ordinary to report, but I'm glad he got to check this place out. Total time: 74:30ish.
Saturday: 0 - this was going to be a zero for an out of town get together. I ended up catching my kids' latest virus - high fever, body aches. Awesome.
Sunday: 0 - still sick, but feeling better as the day went on.
Overall: I think I had a good delta for only four days of running. I'm so used to running six days a week now that this week felt lackluster. Next week looks really hot, but I'll try to get 50 in.
Weekly Total: 43 miles
Last Week: 56 miles
Year to Date: 1273 miles