My usual rest day.
The only upside to getting woken up to work on a business technical issue that lasted from 3AM to 10AM was that I missed all my morning trains, stayed home, and got in some late afternoon trail running before the sun set.
With shotgun deer season on a respite until December 26, I went out to run trails in Wahaneeta Preserve and Woody Hill Management Area. Tried two new trails; the first was in Wahaneeta and was awful as too overgrown and had stream crossings too wide for even a gazelle to leap. The second trail was in Woody Hill and reminded me of the second mile of the Old Mountain 5K 2012 course - swampy, muddy, and ended with cutting through a patch of mountain laurel bushes. Only downside was where this trail entered Wahaneeta Preserve, I got my lower legs cut up pretty good on a small section going through briars to bypass a downed tree.
Highlight was a brief stop on a rock ledge at Wahaneeta at sunset. Took in the moment and scenery - not a sight or sound of humans or human evidence. I love that this is possible even in busy Westerly! As of late, this place is my solitude and sanctuary!
AM : Back to Wahaneeta at sunrise. First order of business was to eliminate the downside from yesterday's run - the downed tree obstructing the trail. So, the first mile was difficult as I brought along my friend Ryobi for a chainsaw jog. Not terribly heavy, but it is when you're running and throws your balance off. Made minced meat out of the tree; now the trail is fit for incorporating into a long run. Put Ryobi back in the car and continued a short jaunt before getting back for meetings.
PM : The 445 Club participants (Tom, Mike B, and I) got together for a 5PM "Christmas Light Run". We could have called it the 5PM Club, but it probably would have confused Mike, so we just went with "Christmas Light Run". Ran through the Chin Hill, Wicklow Road, and Sea Glen neighborhoods taking in the lights of the season and enjoying a friendly, group run. Always a good time.
My last work day of the year before starting a 12-day vacation! Taking the day off from running, as tomorrow will start my own version of the "12 Days of Christmas" - running each and every day will be the glorious plan! Looking forward to spending time over the holidays with my family and running friends.
Easy pace afternoon run on local roads out to Rock Ridge and back. Rain ended, but still quite blustery.
|First full day of winter!|
|Stone stairs and foundation along the trail|
|Woody Hill Marsh - along the trail|
|Mike went down on a muddy trail |
|Few trail runs are complete for me|
without earning badges of honor
of blood and gore
3 quick miles on an afternoon loop to and through Champlin was all I ended up fitting in today. Surprised and happy to see Carol Ann and her kids and Denise (from Groton Fun Runs) and her kids running the trails here in Westerly. Tried to talk them into running Resolution 5K, but had to be on my way for a busy family afternoon:
Took the family to Wahaneeta Preserve for a 2-3 mile hike and cabin showing, before turning in the keys back to the WLT.
Followed up the hike with watching "The Hobbit". Started slowly for a while, but then kept me riveted for the rest of the movie.
Weekly mileage total: 39
Started my holiday vacation, which is now going by much too quickly. Had fun on group Christmas Light Run and then Woody Hill/Wahaneeta Run. Looking forward to a few more group runs over the holiday period.