Sunday, September 6, 2015

Weekly Log 31-Aug to 6-Sep-2015

Into September we go.  I will miss the summer, especially the Fun Runs, but alas I will not long for the heat and humidity, not even in the coldest depths of winter.

Monday:  0.  Started my new job today.  I certainly didn't expect to start a new job just one year into my old one, but the opportunity presented itself for a slightly higher role and better alignment with my financial services experience, so I applied and interviewed in July and was happy to learn I was the selected candidate.

Now here's where you're going to feel sympathy for me.  The resulting new job means I will be tripling my commute.  That's right; I'm going from a 1-mile commute to a 3-mile commute.  I'll need to check out the traffic report on Beach Street, probably plan a DD bathroom stop mid-way, it's gonna be rough ...

Tuesday:  8.  Kicked off September with a 'round-the-pond run at sunrise.

Wednesday:  6.  8-lane track at DeFazio Park, Needham, MA.  Absolute beautiful facility here.  2 x 800 (2:39, 2:40), 4 x 400 (77, 74, 76, 78), 2 x 200 (36, 34). Recovery of half of each distance, longer between sets.  

Still a little warm, so running through the sprinkler system when it overlapped Lane 1 was a bonus.
Q:  Why do "joggers" and walkers repeatedly use Lane 1?  I used Lane 3 for my recoveries out of a courtesy for others.

Thursday:  10.
5 in the AM.  Bradford Preserve and Woody Hill trails.  Out around the pond/marsh, including the Pumpkins course entirety.  Course looks in the best shape it's ever been in!  Five weeks to go.

5 in the late afternoon.  Ran from the Y with a loop through the North End. Working downtown now gives me some additional running opportunities, with showers at the Y just a short walk from work through Wilcox Park.

Friday:  5.  For lunch, I ordered the Clamdigger special.  Changed at the town beach, thought about running on the beach but it was high tide.  Ran Clamdigger course, and ended up with a progression run as I felt good out there.  Mile splits: 6:54, 6:43, 6:46, 6:25, 5:59.

Saturday: 5.  Fit in between dropping off Matthew at WHS for bus to his meet and driving to the meet ourselves in Burrillville.  56 degrees!  Hallelujah!  Ran backroads from WHS out Narragansett Ave and part of the old Pumpkins road course, although I have to confess I couldn't remember all the turns.

Up in Burrillville where all RI X-C teams were running in the Injury Fund, we watched Matthew rip a 16:26 in the 5K for the fastest sophomore time in the state that day.  Not a bad start to his season.
16 boys in RI made the National Elite Silver Standard.  Matthew was the only sophomore.

Sunday:  10.  6:15am run from the Y into Greenhaven and back.  WTAC members Mike B, Eric H, Matthew, and me.  Easy pace, good conversation.
Finished my run at the Y parking lot, only to find some prankster
had sullied my rear windshield by affixing a "Rhode Warrior" decal
(not exactly my best performance this year) alongside
my "26.2".

Not two hours later, I receive an e-mail that this same character apparently
 "wants to be my friend".  Hmmm.  Is there a "Click to Reject" button?

Weekly totals:
Run 45


  1. Congratulations on the new gig!! How are you ever going to manage running / work balance with triple the commute??? Note I put these in the appropriate order, chaps my s$$ seeing work/life balance. Ahem life / running / family come first!

    Great week! Great attitude!!

  2. Haha. I'm always looking out for you Gazelle,