5mi. - (42:12 ) - Monday morning easy 5 miler on local roads and some soggy trails. Took it easy as I felt tired. Was going to double later in the afternoon with another short recovery run but walked the length of Napatree Point to Fort Mansfield instead. It was great weather and the kids enjoyed it. I was way too tired to run again later on in the afternoon.
17mi. - (2:08:XX) - medium long run that ended up turning long run with Jonny. He planned out a new route in North Stonington that was relaxing, rolling, and enjoyable. We even decided to jump into Tefftweald Preserve and its trails. Always fun exploring a trail system/open space that is nearby but yet I've never been on before. Cool spot. I did have a GPS pilot error (forgot to restart my watch) so I had to adjust numbers afterward. Ending up being about 16.3 miles total. I'll call it 17 with the time on feet.
8mi. (1:00:28) - from home to my parents. Kind of tired legs but not too bad (when aren't they tired?). Looped around into desolate Richmond Country Club before getting to my parents to tack on some distance. Saw a Big Brown Bat (not the standard, common Little Brown Bat) flying around, low to the ground, disoriented and confused by the warm weather but lack of insects. Kind of a cool sighting.
8mi. - (59:56) - down to Grills Sanctuary and back. Ran into four former students burning a doobie on the trails. I've a sneaking suspicion it was terribly awkward for them.
7mi. - (53:39) - super nice weather for easy Kenyon Crossroads Loop. The preserve is looking quite nice with cleared trails and multiple kiosks/signposts.
|Look at the impressive head on that incredible pecker!|
(image from allaboutbirds.com)
19mi. - (2:03:XX)- 2E+11M+1T+5E. Ran the whole "work" part of it without looking at watch (other than the 1T). Was too hot in most of them (instead of 6:18-6:22ish) many were 6:08-6:15ish. Some miles into strong headwind so I overworked and a bunch were with tailwind (so not as hard/fast as effort appears). The 1T was impromptu. Need to get used to hurting on tired legs. Good day and end to the week.
Decent week but with the increasing mix of trails and nice weather, the Fun Factor and Satisfaction Indices are on the upswing with major exponential growth. Gotta pace myself with that as it is likely to induce poor decision making later in the season (late April/May) such as quitting my job and becoming a professional, full-time naturalist and gentleman farmer (wonder what the annual salary is for that?). Half marathon "test" next weekend in Westerly.