Monday: 12 miles - Burlingame trails in the morning. The high temperature got up into the mid 60's today, but because of an appointment, I had to run when it was only about 50. Muggy! I did a good loop from my house that included all the fun stuff north and east of the pond. Total time: 1:33:10 with 737' of climbing.
Tuesday: 7 miles - Ryan Park trails with Galoob. We met up to tweak the 10K course since there has been so much single track added to the park over the last 3 years. The course is the same flow, but incorporates more single track and small hills. This is going to be fun to race! Total time: 58:53.
Wednesday: 8 miles - URI indoor track with Galoob. Just a tune up for Saturday's race. 3 mile warm up then 4x1000 @ T pace: 3:30/3:35/3:34/3:35 with 1 minute recovery. Added in 4x100 strides during 2 mile cool down. A little too spicy on the 1000s. Total time: 54:31.
Thursday: 7 miles - Ryan Park trails alone. I ran the new course mixing in a few strides near the end. Going over race strategy in mind. Total time: 52:28.
Friday: 0 - heavy rain overnight changed to heavy wet snow in the morning. What a mess. Luckily we didn't lose power like others nearby. Everything was drooping with snow. I was content to not run with the idea of a snowy sufferfest race looming tomorrow. Got the call from Galoob in the afternoon that Ryan Park was a disaster. Race needed to be postponed. Bummer.
Saturday: 16 miles - half beach half roads long run fartlek alone. I had a decent morning window to run, but wasn't sure where. Yesterday's wet roads would be very icy (low 20's overnight). The trails would all be blocked by drooping trees. Plus I would have to snowshoe. I decided that running the beach would be a good option. I parked at the top of Charlestown Breachway Rd not knowing if the beach lot would be plowed. I then ran the two miles of road to get to the breachway. The road was terrible and I hated every car that passed me by. Finally I reached the breachway and hopped onto the beach. It was a mid tide but receding. The sand was decently firm. It was cold out, but the sun was bright and the light breeze at my back. I warmed up quickly and took off my gloves. I tried to enjoy the solitude and scenery, but in the back of my head, I knew I had a lot of sand running to do and I wanted to get it done. The rocks of Green Hill were a little dicey and I wished I had done the road detour. Moonstone wasn't as stony as usual, and I was getting into a good groove. I saw my first human here. I kept moving along until I reached an unplanned roadblock - Cards Pond was breached and there was a raging deep river emptying into the Atlantic. I stopped and reassessed. I was only at 6 miles. I decided to make my way back, but I would run around the roads of Green Hill too. And while I was at it, I thought I would mix in some speed play. I ran back along Moonstone Beach at a tempo effort for 1.3 miles. I then slowed things down over the rocks and the icy streets of Green Hill for a mile or so and then did a hard road mile. My time wasn't great, but the road conditions were crappy. I jogged around for another mile or so, hopping back onto the beach, before running hard from Green Hill to the Charlestown Breachway (a distance of over 2 miles). This was challenging and I cursed every time I took a step in soft sand. More people and dogs out now. The tough part was seeing the breachway, but it taking forever to reach it. I was happy to be done with it. I then jogged for another mile on the icy roads back, before engaging in another hard icy road mile back to my car. I was at fifteen miles, 8 had been on the beach and 7 on the road. I figured 1 more road mile made sense. Total time: 1:59:37 with about 5.5 miles of tempo work mixed in.
Cards Pond Breach looking east
view to the west
jumping back on the beach at Green Hill
Sunday: 11 miles - early morning run on mostly roads from my house. The roads were not icy like I feared. I ran south down roads to the Burlingame Picnic Area. I then ran the VG trail out to Klondike Rd. Conditions on the trails were good to. Just an inch or two of crunchy snow and ice. The bridges felt a little sketchy though. I then ran hilly roads back to my house. Total time: 1:18:20 with 583' of climbing.
Weekly Total: 61 miles
Last Week: 72 miles
Year to Date: 374
February to Date: 61 miles