7+ miles. Stonington Fun Runs. 6:34 pace with Mike B. All the fast college kids were gone this night; felt strange to be up at the front. For the first time, Matthew did not run. He was bummed out over cutting his foot on a rock earlier in the day at Camp Watchaug. Mike introduced his son to running the Stonington Fun Runs.
5 miles. Hot mid-afternoon summer run. Made the mistake of jumping on the trail through Lewis Pond: overgrown, and scratched up my legs pretty good. No criticism on the Westerly Land Trust; I know they're all volunteers maintaining the trails, but just the same, will likely stay off this one for a while.
3 miles. Westerly Fun Runs, week 7 results. 18:10, 2nd overall to Jonny. Slightly smaller crowd today, and none of the usual sprinters that fizzle out after 1/4 mile. Was glad to see Jonny; he and I ran almost 2 miles side by side. This course has many 90-degree turns, and it was interesting to see whoever had the inside angle on the turn came out of the turn a few feet ahead of the other.
The first mile was a blazing 5:29, one of my fastest, and not sustainable for me. It was a struggle for me to stay with Jonny on mile 2. I passed him on the short downhill on Kathleen, but he flew past me back on the uphill, and that was it; I had no "oomph" left. Short distance to mile 2 (5:47 split), where he had just a short lead over me, but then on the long straightaway on Crandall he really opened quite a lead, where my pace dropped off considerably. Back on Atlantic, I could see him ahead of me and felt like I narrowed the distance by just a few seconds despite not picking up the pace. 5:57 mile 3 split, and I tied my fun run PR, but was happy to see Jonny PR and go sub-18 (17:56).
Same overall time as last week, but not nearly as consistent: last week 5:35/5:50/5:50, this week 5:29/5:47/5:57.
Justin's son ripped 30 seconds off his PR (see individual results online). A big thanks to both of them for course marking.
Day off going into a busy race weekend.
8 miles. Humid morning Misquamicut/Weekapaug loop. Ran a set of 8 x (3 telephone poles hard, jog 1 pole), the rest easy in mid-7's.
5 miles. Trails at Bluff Point State Park, Groton Fun Runs.
Morning: Volunteered at water stop at John Kelley 11.6 race, New London.
Afternoon: Block Island Triathlon. See separate write-up.
5 miles. Run 4 Kerri. See separate write-up.
Run: 38 miles
Bike: 14 miles
Swim: 0.25 miles
Clear highlight of this week was the Block Island Triathlon. What a blast!
No more immediate races planned. Time to get in some workouts and longer runs, as I try to figure out my fall plans for a marathon or other long events.