Monday: 9 miles - Ryan Park trails alone. Overcast, but it was much warmer than I thought - 72 degrees and muggy. I ran shirtless for the first time since early April. My lower legs were still tired after Saturday's epic trail run, so today I ran slow. I also was having trouble deciding where to run, but I used Josh's blog as inspiration and settled on the lonely fields, woods, and powerline trails of Ryan Park. Good choice. The towhee sightings outnumbered humans. Total time: 1:14:18.
Tuesday: 0 - I went to the Red Sox game instead.
Wednesday: 12 miles - Saunderstown Seven Sisters alone. Solid run. I can still feel Saturday's run in my legs, and I didn't want to do speedwork and have disappointing splits. I decided that I would run hills. My legs felt lifeless on the descents and flats, but I was attacking the uphills with energy. Cloudy and muggy - 70 degrees. I had no idea how fast or slow I was going the entire time. I was pleased with the 7:37 overall pace. Total time: 1:30:59.
Thursday: 10 miles - South County Bike Path with TriPond Park & Spring Forward trails alone. I continue to wait for my legs to fully recover, so again I delayed speedwork. I parked at the lot off of Rte 108 and ran trails/bike path to the trail around California Jim's Pond and then out to the bike path again. I hopped onto the Spring Forward course, trying to avoid mud. I was feeling slow up to this point. The weather was fantastic. Once I reached the bike path again, I picked up my pace and was moving pretty well until I reached Genessee Swamp, where I stopped to check out the sights. I was at 48 minutes, so I headed back, again moving well on the bike path and slower on the trails of TriPond Park. Total time: 1:15:53.
Friday: 10+ miles - Carr Pond trails solo. Good unexpected run. Well, I knew the terrain would be fun, and the weather was nice, but I didn't have high hopes for my legs. I was surprised that after about five minutes they loosened up nicely, and I then cruised along at a good clip the rest of the time, only tiring at the end. I'm getting more comfortable with the myriad of trails, and I keep tweaking my 5 mile out-and-back course. I utilize the Pinto, Flipper, Water Tank, Upper Spider, and Ridge trails for the most part. Total time: 1:16:08.
Saturday: 8+ miles - Burlingame trails alone. After an extremely busy day, I was able to get away for an hour before it got dark. I left my house and ran the 1 mile of road to the southern park entrance on Shumankanuc Hill Rd. My legs still don't feel 100%, but I was happy with the 7:02 hilly mile. I entered the woods and then took a left onto the Sammy C extender. The weather was amazing, and I could still feel the sun on the open rocks. I successfully suspended negative thoughts about large predatory animals (perfect time for them) and enjoyed the terrain. I continued straight onto Sammy C's. Kind of muddy out there. I reached the Vin Gormley trail and then turned right. I was now feeling strong, and I was moving well. I can't help thinking about the Li'l Rhody Runaround when I'm on this section. Even though it was getting darker, I was able to seemlessly negotiate my lines through the rock gardens and other obstacles. After a week of tired legs, I was feeling confident again. I stayed on the VG trail until it spills out onto Buckeye Brook Road. Instead of backtracking on the trail, I hit the road. All uphill for over a mile. I attacked the hill and felt strong. Near the old farmstead is the 1 mile mark from my house. I made a point to check my watch. I continued the more gradual climb and then held on for the fast descent and then steep ascent back to my house. Last mile 6:28. Total time: 59:22. Great run.
Sunday: 0 - I spent the entire day outside at my house with an afternoon trip to the beach. I couldn't motivate myself to put on my wetsuit and bodyboard the decent waves. At night, I could have run, but what I thought were allergies were really bothering me, so I didn't.
Overall: An unexpected recovery week from the long trail run last weekend. A good variety of locations. No speedwork, but good hillwork. No long run. I seem to be dealing with a head cold, so I'm not sure how this coming week will start.
Weekly Total: 49 miles
Last Week: 60 miles
Year to Date: 1087 miles