That's right, it's time for the Blessing of the Humidity, er Fleet. I'm looking forward to the race despite the madness that accompanies this event (or perhaps because of it.) Last year I ran it in 1:17 - looking back I was probably underperforming. Considering that I just ran the Beaver 10 mile trail race in 1:14, I hope to break 70 minutes on Friday. We shall see.
Also this weekend is Amanda's second triathlon - the Crabman! I'm looking forward to cheering her on as well as all the WTACers that will be competing.
Monday - 0 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes)
Tuesday - 0 milesP90X Back & Biceps (60 minutes)
Dare I say that I'm really starting to enjoy this workout. At first these arm exercises really didn't do much for me but I'm beginning to pick the right weights and it's making for a challenging and fun session. I need to get some 15 and 20 pounders though as the adjustable dumbbells are a pain to change mid-workout.
Wednesday - 0 milesP90X2 Yoga X2 (65 minutes)
My buddy sent me a copy of the P90X2 Yoga and I was excited to try it. The original Yoga is often criticized for being too long at 1:30. This one clocks in at just over 65 minutes. Some of the balance poses are gone, there's about half as much ab work and the movement poses are much faster. I like it. Reminded me much more of the power yoga class I took a few months back. The movement and balance postures are mixed together throughout which makes the whole session more interesting. I'm looking forward to becoming more familiar with this workout.
My big toe's doing much better. It still hurts if I bend it the wrong way but if I'm just walking around it's much less noticeable. I plan to return to the trails tomorrow and then take on the Blessing on Friday.
Thursday - Fidelity trails, Smithfield, RI - 7 milesBack on the train after four days off! Today was the perfect day to run after the last few weeks of heat and humidity - cool, overcast and not a deer fly in the sky. I ran the trails behind Fidelity and was pleased to see that the ATV trails had been recently maintained. They made for very open and smooth run. I noticed lots of what looked like wild blueberry bushes. I was tempted but having no experience with wild fruit thought better of it. I managed to discover another decent length of singletrack on the other side of the hilly and open gasline section. I love how after all this time I'm still finding new trails to explore up here.
I ran in my MT20s - not as minimal as the MT00s but I still questioned my choice as my toe felt sore to begin the run. Soon enough I forgot about it though except for the occasional rough landing. I think it'll be fine for tomorrow since I'll be wearing my cushy 890s. Bring on the Blessing!
Friday - Blessing of the Fleet 10 Mile Road Race - 12.5 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes)
Results here. 79th overall. Official time: 1:03:55. Race report here.