Saturday is the the trail 50K (TARC Spring Classic). I feel prepared and relatively calm. The weather looks good. I'm doing a decent job of tapering. Should be a good race!
Monday: 6 miles - Ryan Park trails alone. This was kind of a blah run. I don't want to run too many miles on my runs this week, which makes these short runs feel sort of pointless. This was especially the case today when the sunny day turned cloudy, windy, and kind of raw just before I headed out to run. I stuck to the west side trails again, but this format is losing its luster. I saw the same guy running as last week, and he still looks fast and unfamiliar. Total time: 48:43.
Tuesday: 7.5 miles - SK trails around the bike path with Galoob and Gunshow. I was anticipating a zero today since the weather was so miserable. I even took a page out of the FiveK/Boj/Seth book and did 100 pushups in the morning before work just for some sort of exercise. Mike contacted me later in the morning about doing an easy run. I wouldn't run alone today, but with a group I was happy to. I met them at the Rte 108 Tri-Pond Park lot. We ran some trails on both sides of the bike path and also in Potter Woods off of South Road. It was good to catch up and talk about the upcoming 50K the three of us are all doing. Total time: 1:01:25.
Wednesday: 6.5 miles - DuVal trail(s) alone. I had to leave work early to get the kids off the bus, and decided to turn it into a full half day of work. That meant shoe shopping and a run. I picked up yet another pair of Nike Free's since I put hundreds and hundreds of miles on them. I "tested" them out by running at DuVal - a super fun place I hadn't run in for a couple of months. No specific bear or mtn lion warnings on the bulletin board, rather just a vague "you may encounter hazards on this trail" sign. Noted. I purposely ran under control, especially on the numerous hills. The weather was nice, and there was a coolish sea breeze keeping me from being really sweaty. The ocean view from the lookout was fantastic today. I passed a fellow unfamiliar runner. I didn't encounter any hazards. I didn't overdue it. Fun run! Total time: 51:58.
Thursday: 0 - hike in the Queens River Preserve. Highlights include brook trout(?) visible from bridge, blue gray gnatcatcher, pine warbler, and great crested flycatchers.
Friday: 0 - hike Cuttyhunk Preserve.
Saturday: TARC Spring Classic (trail 50K) - 40K in 3:15. Quit after a miserable 4th lap (of 5) of leg pain. Separate (quite possibly lengthy and rambling) write up to follow on Monday.
Sunday: 0 - Red Sox game with my son.
Weekly Total: 45 miles
Last Week: 50 miles
Year to Date: 955 miles