Monday - Smithfield, RI - 6.5 milesAn easy shakeout run after yesterday's hard effort. Though snow was falling in big wet clumps when I left the house, here at work it was barely flurrying. From the parking lot at work, I made my way to the powerlines and took them north to Rocky Branch Rd. Alongside Rocky Branch I kept passing "Keep Out" signs for the Woonsocket Watershed. At one point there was a dirt road with a gate along with some ATV tracks that made their way around it. I couldn't help but explore briefly. A side trail led past an old Smithfield graveyard and rows of massive and perfectly aligned pine trees. An old tree farm left to its own devices perhaps? I scurried back to the road and returned to work on familiar trails. By the time I finished the run the snow had begun in earnest.
Tuesday - Charlestown, RI - 2.8 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes) / 110 push-ups (standard/military/wide) 30/20/20/20/20
Tuesday's routine has become a short run with the dog followed by core work and push-ups. Neither myself or Oliver were thrilled about heading out this morning but once we got out there I really enjoyed the dark winter wonderland. Then it was just a matter of willing myself to start up the Ripper in the basement.
Ezri helped count out the last few reps of push-ups. She turned five today! Hard to believe it's been that long already. Time flies!
Wednesday - 0 milesP90X2 Yoga X2 (60 minutes)
Snow day. No running today but between the yoga and all the shoveling I got in a good workout.
Thursday - Smithfield, RI - 4.1 milesI was going to attempt the Belleville Pond 10k course and tried all three of the parking lots but none of them were plowed (I'm in a rental car this week and didn't want to chance it.) Decided to just drive up to work and run whatever. I started on the Fidelity footpaths which had been shoveled and then kept going once they turned to snow. It was probably about 8 inches deep. Holy hell, it was brutal. I was breathing hard within moments and had to stop often. After maybe 1.5 miles of trudgery I jumped back on the roads before jumping back in the snow for one more slog and then finishing up on the roads again. Only four miles but I was cooked. If Sunday's race is anything like this it's going to be a rough day.
Friday - Smithfield, RI - 6 miles130 push-ups (standard/military/wide) 30/20/20/20/20/20
Third run this week up at work. Couldn't be helped with all the snow and errands (picked up my car today with a new bumper. Huzzah!) This time I stuck to the roads. I wore my polar tec pants since I left my tights in the work locker but it was a mistake as I was overheating quickly. Kept the pace snappy and under 7 minute miles and pushed it on a hilly Strava segment. Saw a single set of footprints in the deep snowy footpaths. What kind of idiot would try to run through that?
Saturday - 0 miles
Sunday - Belleville Pond 10k - 8.9 milesBrutal. 52-ish minutes. 8th overall. Report forthcoming.
Weekly Mileage: 28.2 miles
Year to Date: 202.7 miles
My lowest mileage week since late October. With a couple snow slogs including the Belleville Pond 10k, the effort was there so I'm happy with the week. Time to take a cue from Muddy's blog and begin to figure out my training for the next few months. With the Ocean's Run 1/2 about a month away and other races on the horizon, I need to begin to plan out how I'm going to increase my mileage yet prepare for these shorter races.