TUE. - 0
WED. -10mi. (track,woods, and road) -- with Jonny, Mike and Ben @CHS. 7 x 400 and 1 x 600 for dessert. Mike ran separate miles. I tried not to push them too hard (although they certainly weren't easy) & keep around 5K pace (82ish?). All with about 65 seconds for recovery. Splits: 79/78/79/80/79/80/79/1:53. A bit faster than what we were shooting for (ripped the 600) but whatever. Easy cooldown after with Jonny. Good fun. [1:10:XX]
THU. - 7mi. (road & trails) -- ran down to Tomaquag Trail and explored further. I found a further extension (not really a trail but someone has blazed trees to lead the way further, almost back to Collins Road--almost a complete loop). Super pumped about the new trail near my house (even if I do have to "skirt" private land). Had to keep stopping and finding the "trail" again. Briars ripped my legs to shreds because I kept trying to maintain a 7:45ish pace--look like I was attacked by a mountain lion. Kept thinking about this video. If you like running in the woods too, try and appreciate it. Count how many things here you've said or done--I stopped when I got to 10 because it was a little embarassing. Enjoy. [53:01]
FRI. - 8mi. (road) -- nothing special. I was really close to skipping it & taking a zero. I did it for the beer. Super glad when I was done though. Planted broccoli afterward so that's cool. [60:45]
SAT. - 8mi. (trails) -- Carter Preserve with Tom in early a.m. Looped around in light rain and sleet. Have to hit this place more often. [61:49]
SUN. - 9mi. (road) -- "Chariho 5K". Ran the course and a little extra as a w/u for this tiny, local race put on by my sister-in-law as a fundraiser for the Relay For Life. With a very small field I anticipated finishing well in this one, all dependent upon who else showed up. I ran well throughout and finished in 17:13, 1st O/A. Good News: I won. Bad News: 17:13 is not 16:59. Good News: 17:13 is a PR for me. Bad News: I didn't break 17 minutes. I had secretly envisioned the possibility of running under 17 here. The course is super flat and if you're going to crush one, this is the place to do it. Although I didn't vocalize this erroneous vision, I really thought I had a shot. My splits: 5:26/5:37/missed mile 3. Jonny ran strong and finished 2nd O/A but he too was disappointed with his time. We commiserated over the wind (and any other excuses we could think of) then I paced in Mason as he entered the track and finished the 300 meters or so. Proud of him. I headed out on a solo cooldown and then managed to balance any fitness I may have gained by eating 3 donuts and a bagel. Slob (there's about 9-11 seconds right there).
TOTALS: 48 miles
Next week promises to be a little different with the Red Rooster Ramble 5 miler in Warren with Mike, Hulk and possibly Jonny on Thursday night. Should be interesting. That can take the place of organized workout on Wednesday and then possibly something long and sloppy/muddy on Saturday.
14 seconds.....that's all I need....just 14 more seconds......