Monday: 0 - I hate taking zeroes these days, but this was probably a good idea
Tuesday: 10 miles - Ryan Park trails alone. My legs were tired and it was hot (but dry). Total time: 77:09.
Wednesday: 9 miles - Rome Point trails and beach solo. I tried to keep it peppy today. My legs are almost normal again. I reached the point in 9:23, and then tried to push it on the yellow dot single track. This first half hour I felt sort of tired and out of it. I was thinking that I should have had coffee beforehand. The second half, I perked up after sprinting up the hill. Total time: 63:05. Good run. I'm thinking my 9 miler is a little long and my 10 miler is a little short. I felt my effort was sub 7 minute mile pace.
Thursday: 10 miles - Big River trails alone. Great run on awesome trails in cloudy cool weather. Rather than focusing on the heat and deer flies, I found myself concentrating on the unrelenting challenging terrain. I did my normal out and back course except for taking a wrong turn near the turnaround point. The highlight was catching and passing a mountain biker from behind. They didn't see that coming! Total time: 72:53.
Friday: 0 - busy day of wrapping up things at work before vacation, errands, and dinner at Senor Flacos. I wanted to get a short trail run in after purchasing new trail shoes, but forgot to pack running shorts.
Saturday: 24 miles - 3 x 8 mile Vin Gormley trail. Today was my 36th birthday, and I wanted to do a long run to celebrate. My dad ran the first loop with me (reverse Lil' Rhody Runaround). The pace was easy and a nice way to begin the long afternoon of running. Pard took a nasty looking fall (bloody face), but quickly recovered without complaining. We finished up the first loop in 75 minutes. I stopped briefly at my car to fuel up on Gatorade & Coke (Ben Nephew style), ate half a granola bar, and refilled my handheld water bottle. Beginning lap 2, I chose to run in the same direction. My legs were feeling tight, which was annoying me. I'm not sure if it was mental or what, but I was not expecting soreness or tightness until the third loop. The running was going well otherwise, and I completed the second loop in 68 minutes. I repeated my aid station routine and set off for lap three. Running seemed fine, and mentally I was more relaxed knowing I would be satisfied with three laps (although I was prepared to go another few miles if I felt up to it). My hamstrings were particularly tight, and by the time I had three miles to go (on technical trails), I was ready to finish my day. The last quarter mile on the roads was the clincher. I finished lap three in 70 minutes and was happy with my three and a half plus hours of running. My energy and lungs were good. My legs were tight, but not too sore (yet). Afterwards, I returned to my parents' house for a fantastic meal of veggie lasagna and chromium replacement. Tomorrow, my family heads up to Maine!
Sunday: 0 - travel day
Weekly Total: 53 miles
Last Week: 65 miles
Year to Date: 1410 miles (eclipsed my 2010 total miles already!!)