6mi. -(p.m.) - a Kenyon Crossroads (HLT) loop. Still feeling pretty tired so I took it easy.
11mi.- (p.m.) ran down to Grills Sanctuary and over to Grills Preserve to scope out Jeff's new and mysterious X-Files, "stick structure" atop Big Hill. The kids that built/are building are doing a great job with it. So fun to be a kid and build forts and structures with saws, hammer, and nails. I miss doing that. Although I was still kind of tired with leg fatigue, I did notice it is getting better. Still, a bit faded towards the end of this run. Chilly but fun in the snow flurries.
7mi. (a.m.) - with the race looming on Saturday and my overall general malaise recently, I decided to skip a workout and just run primarily darkened Westerly streets down to the Westerly Yacht Club and back to the high school. Did 8 strides (front and back stretches on the track) at the end. I was definitely over dressed for this one.
3mi.+ (p.m.) - set out for an easy 7-8 miles but after about 2 miles I turned around. The way I feel right now (just worn out, rubber legs with zero oomph), I figured it was best to call it quits. Ended up being a pathetic 5K. Looks like a day of rest on the horizon (hate those!)
5mi. - (p.m.) - easy and short mix of roads and trails from home. Wet mud and flooded trails but felt good physically to get out and felt great mentally to realize that a day off is not the end of the world and my legs felt much better.
11mi. - (a.m.) Belleville Pond 10K Trail Race. Results here. Finished 5th overall on a pretty fun (dry!) course. Saw a lot of "new" people at this race which bodes well for the series and is indeed exciting to see. Try to give detailed write-up soon.
17mi. (a.m.) - warm and sunny long run from home. Ran a rolling course with a tiny bit of trails in Hopkinton Grills Preserve (the red-headed step child of the three Grills properties) before heading up Burdickville, along Buckeye Brook Road, and looping back around to home. Kept the pace hones (6:50ish) but didn't push it. Felt surprisingly good for the day after the race. Felt good to be finished though.
TOTAL: 60 miles
YTD: 586 miles
* had fun at the race on Saturday. I ran better than I thought I would and hurt a little less than I expected. Maybe I should've run harder? Nah, that wasn't really feasible. Plus, the odd aches and soreness in strange places (outer ankle and shin) that usually don't occur reminds me that trail races are tough in a different sort of way.
* a recovery week sort of I guess. I was feeling so beaten down that I skipped Wednesday's workout and didn't get a really hard long run in (workout-wise) so I guess I have to rely on the effort on Saturday and move forward from there.
*looking to get back after it next week but once again, Wednesday may have to be tempered as I have another race (Oceans Run 1/2 Marathon) on Saturday. As such, I'm not sure how the week will actually play out. No rest for the wicked.