My legs thanked me for not running as I could feel it in my calves walking up five flights of stairs.
Tuesday: 11 miles
A beautiful warm morning. My path out was 4 miles following the Pawcatuck River upstream via Watch Hill Road to Beach Street and eventually Margin and Main until reaching the new ice skating rink downtown that I have yet to try. While I generally prefer quiet country roads, there is something neat about running downtown in the early morning before the people and traffic congregate.
Continued out of downtown along High Street to Canal. Followed much of the now defunct Knights of Columbus 5K route out and back through the North End. This was usually a brisk November race followed by chowder indoors at the K of C hall. Stopped at the Y to have a drink at the bubbler - are these still called bubblers, or am I dating myself?
A quick run through Wilcox Park, past the duck pond, gazebo, library, and fountain, before running along Elm Street, and then up the Wells Street hill past the hospital and finish line of another recently defunct race, the Healthy Harvest 5K. Did this race end because of conflicts with the Misquamicut bi- and triathlons, or because people didn't like the unusual finish going up a steep hill? Ended the run on the short Mastuxet Brook Greenway trail, part of the Westerly Land Trust. 7:15 pace.
Wednesday: 5 miles
Links Passage/Rockridge loop. 4 quick miles @ 6:32 pace, followed by a cooldown mile. Balmy 52o at 4:30AM.
Thursday: 3 miles
Three slow, cold miles in Misquamicut on this brisk first day of December. Tired and dragging this morning; glad the weekend almost here. Highlight was looking up at the amazing stars in the clear sky.
Friday: 6 miles
Took a vacation day. Planned to catch up on sleep and then go out for a longer run. My employer and IT brethren in India had a different idea, and thought my time would be better spent waking me up at 4AM to work on computer production problems for the next few hours on my day off. Arggh! I need a job where they pay me to run, organize road races, coach youth running, etc.
Managed a late afternoon run on deserted Atlantic Ave towards Weekapaug, took one of the public shoreline right-of-ways to the ocean. Ran along the water's edge enjoying the sunset. Had the entire beach to myself, except two hardy souls out walking with their dog who wanted to join me on my run.
Saturday: 16 miles
Another great long run with Muddy and Jonny. Much of the run was on dirt roads in North Stonington, CT that I had never run on. I was told there is just one small hill (or at least that's what I chose to hear), but Muddy's trail description integrity was called into question when this uphill climb dragged on for miles and we crossed above the tree line into a frozen tundra. What, me, exaggerate? Seriously, it was what I as a flat-lander would describe as hilly, but I need that and really enjoyed the run.
Sunday: 10 miles
|Erica Canalway Trail|
Weekly mileage total: 51 miles
Another 50+ mile week, back to back! Really happy with the miles and how I feel.