Nice recovery day for the bruised and tired legs after approximately a 60-mile week.
Very windy this morning, so I opted for a run in the woods. Although I'm loving my Woody Hill exploring, I wanted to try something different and was inspired by Jonny's Li'l Rhody course run last week. Simple and easy to follow, yet I never thought of it (that's 'cuz Jonny is smarter than me).
Parked at Burlingame picnic area. A mile warm-up, and I'm off. Tried to simulate race-day by pushing my first mile hard on Sanctuary Road before taking the single-track into the campground. I thought it would be muddier given last night's rain, but not too bad. Slid off a wet wooden bridge near the covered bridge, but managed to stay upright.
|Was warm on the trail, but was chilly, |
even whitecaps, at race start/finish
A 3-miler was all I could fit in this morning between 3:45AM phone calls from work and leaving for the train at 5:30AM. At least I got out there. Beautifully starry sky. Quiet Misquamicut roads - never saw any cars. Downside: 37o. Time to go up to the attic this weekend and get out my winter running gear.
Over-tired; wasn't in to it.
66o , sprinkling rain, WINDY. How much does wind affect performance?
Ran a 15-minute warm-up, then prepared to re-run Tom's declining ladder speed work-out (5 minutes hard, half of that [2.5 min] recovery, 4 hard, etc.). Running on pancake flat Atlantic Ave, what I neglected to figure was the 20 mph wind I'd be running into. Instead of bagging it, decided to run the 5 and 4-minute portions into the wind, then turn around and see pacewise how my 3, 2, 1 minute, and :30 second slices worked:
Early morning run from the Y to Barn Island and back with Mike B and Jeff D.
Always a fun run out to the Barn and back. About 5 miles on trails, balance on roads. Downsides this time were so many hunters with guns and getting feet soaked on trails - I thought the dirt single-track would be soaked and gravel double-track would be fine, but it was the other way around. The hunters were using dogs to rouse pheasants; we saw one pheasant on the trails. The hunters were fine and polite; just seemed a little freaky to me.
Run for the Pumpkins 5K. See separate write-up.
Weekly running total: 39 miles
Week in review:
The highlights for me were my Tuesday romp on the Li'l Rhody course, and a fun Saturday morning 14-miler. My biggest success for the Sunday Pumpkins race was after all the work, just seeing it all go successfully with a minimum of bumps in the road, and seeing a record "crowd" participate this year.
Next up is the Charlestown Police 5K on Sunday. I'm hoping to get some good running in early to mid-week, and then shorter runs (5-8 miles?) Friday and Saturday, but we'll see what life throws at me.