Tuesday: 9+ miles - Ryan Park trails alone. I was feeling good until the time it came to run - I started to feel sore from my hill workout yesterday. I began by running the standard 5 mile woods section. I couldn't get into a groove, and felt really sluggish. I was debating stopping there, but once I hopped onto the new single track, I was rejuvenated with energy - both mental and physical. I followed the new trail, including a section I didn't explore last week, and then continued on with my 3 mile outer loop. I then did a small inner loop that included yet another new section of trail that is pretty intense. By the time I was finished, I felt way better than when I began. Total time: 1:11:42.
Friday: I hope to be disciplined enough to take a zero. Update: 0 - but on a whim I went down to Wilson Park to shoot around - seemed more fun than walking or sitting in my car. After a few minutes, I was asked to play 3 on 3 with college kids home on break. Sure, why not. It was an absolute blast and I didn't feel that rusty. We played for about an hour and a half. I think I just got the itch to start playing basketball again....
Saturday: 8+ miles - Carter Preserve with Muddy and Tom. Slightly chilly (below freezing) early morning trail run today. The muddy spots were all frozen which was a bonus. We ran red to blue to yellow to the field loop before jumping on to the big hill on the power line. We then backtracked on yellow to blue to red, finishing up in 65 minutes. A nice easy run before the trail race tomorrow.
Sunday: 10 miles - Spring Forward 1 Hr Trail Race - 8 completed miles (4 loops) in 54:20, 6th overall. A brutal yet extremely fun race. Separate write up to follow. Busy day with cutting firewood/brush clearing in the early afternoon and 2+ hours of bass slapping at night.
Overall: This was a really fun week. After the hill workout on Monday, I spent the rest of the week in the woods, mixing it up from my usual locations. Basketball on Friday was fantastic fun too.
Weekly Total: 52 miles
Last Week: 60 miles
Year to Date: 550 miles