Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weekly Log: 3.4.13 - 3.10.13

Monday - Johnston, RI - 5.1 miles

Ab Ripper X (15 minutes)

I decided to finally venture into Snake Den State Park in Johnston, RI since it's right off of 295 on my way up to work.  Strava friend Tod runs there a lot and it has intrigued me since it's so easy for me to get to - I just needed to wait for the snows to recede.  Spurned on by Tod's recent run, I decided to test out the trails.  I've didn't have a map but I've studied one in the past plus I've seen plenty of Tod's Strava maps so I felt I'd be able to manage on my own.

Parking is behind the fire station on Route 6 and the initial trails were clear of snow.  Soon I hit ATV trails with plenty of snowpack left, however it was pretty packed down and easy to navigate.  Trails were well marked with paint and ribbons.  Some trails seemed to lead to farmland below - I couldn't tell if this was part of Snake Den so I opted to stay in the woods.

I ended up taking a really faint trail that cut over many streams and swampy sections.  Luckily there were plenty of ribbons and markings to guide the way.  I was starting to get concerned about where I was going to end up (thinking I might have to backtrack to get out) when I hit some more of the wider ATV trails which led to power lines.  I had a general idea of where I was and decided to try to bushwhack up to a rocky ridge to see if I could locate another trail.  This failed and I ended up stumbling through the woods for a few minutes before giving up and returning to the power lines.

There was a road nearby and I followed it hoping that it would deliver me to civilization.  After a few minutes it hit Route 6 and I followed it back to my car.  I ran in my New Balance MT20s and my calves/ankles are already sore from this run (previous MT20 runs have been in the snow which probably lessened their impact on my legs.)  I got the same pain from yesterday in the bottom of my foot again with about a mile to go.  Bah.  This has happened sporadically in the past so I'm hoping the next two days off will do the trick.

Tuesday - 0 miles

P90X Chest & Back (60 minutes)

My left calf is a bit twitchy again - I'm thinking the yesterday's run in the MT20s (my longest distance in 'em so far) might have aggravated it a bit.  Time to ramp up the stretching and foam rolling.

Wednesday - 0 miles

P90X Yoga X (60 minutes)

Thursday - Smithfield, RI - 5.1 miles

I planned to run after heading up to work.  I wasn't sure what the weather would be like but it turned out to just be flurries with the occasional windy gust.  I stuck to the Fidelity footpaths and local trails.  The trails were really beautiful with a fresh layer of powder and the only tricky part was not stepping in the puddles which were all over the place.  I was glad to get in what might be my last true wintry run of the season.

Friday - Smithfield, RI - 5.2 miles

Ab Ripper X (15 minutes)
Pull-ups - 4 x 2 sets
Chin-ups - 6 x 2 sets

Great run in the woods behind Fidelity.  There was about three inches of fresh powder on the ground, plenty more was falling and the wind was muted by the forest.  My pace was easy and I was just enjoying the solitude of this (hopefully) last wintery blast.  Tomorrow's a rest day and then it's Ocean's Run 1/2 on Sunday.  Excited!

Saturday -  0 miles

Broke out the chainsaw again and moved a large amount of wood over to my processing area.  It'll probably sit there for awhile as I still have wood I scrounged last year that I need to split.  It looks like tomorrow's race is going to have a huge turnout and a big showing of WTAC folks.  I haven't been this excited for a race since NipMuck.  Can't wait!

Sunday - Ocean's Run 1/2 Marathon - 19.5 miles

Finish time: 1:25.  11th overall.  Thrilled with my performance!   Report here.

Weekly Mileage: 35 miles

Year to Date: 300.5 miles

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