Monday - Smithfield, RI - 20 milesI came up to work super early and scored a close parking spot. Any attempt to break 1,800 would require a long run today and I plotted out a course that would be long. Leaving the parking lot at work, I took the roads down past Bryant. They were pretty icy for the bulk of the run and I had to watch my step - as well as watch out for other cars. Most of the time I was on backroads so it wasn't a big deal. I passed the Mowry Woods, the Connor Farm and other assorted unmarked trails. I stuck to my guns and stayed on the road. My ankle problems would probably have resurfaced as soon as I entered the woods and besides I was looking to fit as many miles in as I could - the trails would have slowed me down considerably.
The roads were long and quiet with lots of farmland and some fancy houses. I guess you could call the roads rolling although there were a few monster hills in places. Took gels at 45 and 90 minutes. Stopped to piss next to a golf course and snagged a few rogue golfballs. My pace had been sluggish to start but by the time I was 10 miles in I had settled into a nice 7:30ish rhythm. Once I was getting close to my car I took a few detours to stretch it out closer to my goal. I was going to settle for 19 but as I pulled back into Fidelity I saw that I was at 19.5 so of course I had to run a little extra to make it an even 20. Good run. Felt great out there and no issues at all with the ankle. Four miles to 1,800.
Tuesday - Smithfield, RI - 4 milesIt's cold out there! Hat's off to Amanda who walked Oliver in the frigid dark this morning. Got to work and did a short run on the footpaths to complete the quest. Legs were pretty tired from 30 miles over the previous two days so I was content to peel off four miles and call it a day. 1800 miles in 2013. Huzzah and Happy New Year!
Wednesday - 0 milesFelt groggy and bloated from the copious amounts of beer and food that I engulfed last night. I was content to do very little for the first day of 2014, though I did bring in lots of firewood for the approaching storm. Went to the Charlestown Beach and cheered on Amanda and Emme who did the plunge. Better them than me!
Thursday - Smithfield, RI - 6.4 milesFather Winter draws nigh! The storm had only just begun as I made my way up to work and the running conditions were perfect. I had planned to wear my ankle brace which served me well last winter but of course I forgot it. Still I cautiously entered the woods - I couldn't resist on a day like today with new fallen snow on the ground. I felt a dull soreness in my janky ankle at times but it never rolled on me so it turned out to be a good decision. There was a section under the powerlines where I fell right on my ass - the light fluffy snow hid a sleek sheet of ice and I flailed helplessly for a moment before falling. Other than that it was a fun run on snow covered singletrack. My beard was covered in ice by the end - makes me feel like a mountain man.
Friday - Smithfield, RI - 8 miles45 push-ups (military/standard/wide)
Work put me up at a hotel next to the office and I had visions of heading out in the morning, battling the elements and taking on my familiar trails in a frozen hellscape. Then I looked out the window at 5:30 AM. Fuck that noise. Instead I decided to embark on an even more unfamiliar adventure - the hotel treadmill! Believe it or not, I've never run on one of these things. After some tinkering with the levels, I settled on what seemed like a legit pace and began watching the TV.
It was a weird sensation, running in place and adjusting my pace to keep from falling off. And I wished I had my iPod as there's not much on TV at 5:30 AM. I messed around with the incline & speed functions and could see how this thing might give you a serious workout. However I realized that the distance meter was bullshit. After 7.5 minutes of running it said that I'd gone half a mile. I'd have to rely on a Hammett-like sense of pace and decided that I was in fact doing 7.5 minute miles. So basically every 0.5 equaled a mile. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
So I did an hour on this thing and must admit that it wasn't that bad. Well, almost an hour. At 58 minutes my left calf began to seize up so I stopped. A minute too late though as now that calf is pretty sore. Buggers. Usually this issue feels better after 24 hours so I don't expect it to be an issue for tomorrow's crazy race.
Saturday - Old Mountain Field 5kTime: 25:37. 7th overall. Difficulty: High. Report here.
Sunday - 0 milesMy back and calves are feeling it after yesterday's slog in the snow. I'll be taking a zero today.
Weekly Mileage: 44.3 miles
Year to Date: 20.1 miles
Big week as I hit 1,800 miles for 2013. Also pleased that it was a high mileage week (for me) despite some seriously wintery conditions. Glad we got the first 4th Season race under our belt and looking forward to the Resolution 5k next week.