Final run of the old year. Ran some hills through Chin Hill and No Bottom Pond neighborhoods, then finished up for a short distance on Misquamicut Beach.
Showered and then right off to a family New Year's Eve dinner and drinks at Margaritas, where we had a nice surprise of running into Jonny and his wife and family.
First run of the new year. Short easy paced run on roads and Misquamicut Beach.
Snow covered trails in Wahaneeta Preserve and Woody Hill. Coldest day of the season thus far. Got out of the car at 17 degrees; was tempted to get right back in. After a mile or so, I was warmed up pretty good. Had the Yak-Trax on and ran 100% on snow covered trails. Slower going for sure, but lots of fun. There were other human tracks for a while, but once I got out towards the dam at Woody Hill Marsh, the only other tracks I saw were deer. It was really neat to be out in the snow covered wilderness - still amazed every time that this exists right here in Westerly.
After 13 consecutive days of running, perhaps a record for me, I'm taking a day off. Recuperate today, and then two days of running before Resolution 5K on Sunday.
445 Club - first get-together of the New Year. Tom and I started from his house at 23 degrees. Our first mile was the slowest (7:01) and was chilly in shorts but acclimated after that. Tom picked hills today (Moonlight, Urso, Meadow Ridge). I could feel everyone of those hills, and from the first hill at mile 3, for the rest of the run, I was panting most of the way. This was a chilly, but brisk run, and a good way to start these morning runs off for 2013. [45 minutes; average pace 6:36]
Met up with Mike C and showed him some of the trails in Champlin Glacier Park and gave him chance to try out my Yak-Trax. Most of the trails were packed snow, but there were definitely a few spots that were icy where I was slipping without the Yak-Trax and he had traction with the steel coils from the Yak-Trax, especially on corners and hills. After hitting a few of the trails in Champlin, including highlights of Charlie's Overlook and frozen kettle ponds, we left Champlin and ran 1/2 mile of road to Rotary Park. We finished up with running the Mastuxet Brook Trail, another Westerly Land Trust property that essentially is a brookside trail. At the very end, with the trail snow covered, Mike managed to get a foot into the water, which I'm sure was mighty cold. I guess I continue my recent legacy of getting a Mike into the drink during each trail run. Good run; good times.
Resolution 5K. See separate write-up.
Weekly mileage totals: 40
Week in review:
The first week of the year is in the books. Just slightly below my new target average weekly mileage of about 45, but still a good week. Will be looking to up the mileage the next two weeks, especially as race-free until three weeks from now.