5mi. - easy meander on mix of very local roads and trails. HLT started blazing some new, short single track in Pelloni Preserve so that's exciting at least. After arriving home, heard the UPS truck roll up and deliver my new space watch to the front steps. Garmin Fenix 2. Hopefully this will reignite some of the dwindling excitement about running that I've been feeling lately. It's still super fun (i.e. last Friday's long swamp run). But I just kind of feel stagnant. School isn't helping either.
10mi. - rolled the ol' Kakkenballz 10 mile loop (a.k.a. Jonny's Rockpile) through North Stonington. The start time of 1430 left the sun out, temps right around 80F and humid. I'm still not really acclimated to this yet so this run was a bit tiring for me. BUT, I pushed through at a solid base pace (7:13 OA) and got to test out my new space watch-- Garmin Fenix 2. Pretty spiffy....but it still gets completely covered in sweaty, grimy, salt crystals. Tired but felt good at the conclusion of this one.
|Feelin' goooooood for this cruise interval|
4mi. (p.m.) - easy shakeout around Green Hill. Checked out the weird little SK Land Trust Sculpture Trail with some rather trippy outdoor art hidden around. Later on in the evening, after a brief respite from real life at the O' Mist, I got to play in a 1967 Mercedes Coupe.
6mi. - normal Ashaway road loop. Legs felt ok.
7mi. - from my parents into Carolina. Found a "new" section of single track off of Pony Express North that I somehow had missed before. I then had fun running in Carolina NE section, an aread that I haven't been in more than 3-4 times before. Nice mix of road and trails.
15mi. - trails and some roads in/around Burlingame with Ryan D. Enjoyed the run and the animated conversation, filled with anecdotal "data" regarding the current state of running (and all competitive sports) and doping. Ryan tapped out back at the picnic area lot after 11+ and I tacked on 3+ solo up into Kettle Pond Preserve and ended the last 0.6 or so on Sanctuary Rd at MP effort. Enjoyable. 2 hour trail runs are my favorite.
7mi. - after a gluttonous 2 hour nap (yes you read that correctly), ran an Ashaway standard loop but with strides. I need to incorporate strides 2-3x per week in standard runs. Felt great!
TOTAL: 64 miles
YTD: 1603 miles
--> a pretty decent week. Feeling a little bit better in terms of focus but still disgusting in food and beer intake. I've actually GAINED 4 pounds over the last week or so. Awesome. Corpulent Puddin'. Final day of school is Monday (29 June!!!!!) so hopefully I can begin doubling more often, increasing mileage, and spending more time fishing, gardening, and watching my chickens. Run With The Beavers 10 Mile trail race and the Blessing of the Fleet are very close!
This week completes the unofficial 1/2 way point of my 2015 running. I've begun going back and flipping through my paper log and rereading daily "posts". Several are humorous, some very strange, and a few are just down right gross. I'll share the interesting ones in a post as soon as possible.