Monday - Charlestown/Smithfield, RI - 9.7 milesMy legs are completely beat to shit from two straight days of racing. Quads, calves, hammies - they all feel ready to seize up if I just look at 'em funny. This would've been an ideal day to take off but duty and nostalgia forced my hand.
First up was a dog jog. Amanda's in California through Wednesday so the early morning constitutionals with Oliver fall upon me. Calf almost seized up just putting my socks on but once we got out there it was alright, though I think my gait was more of a shuffle. Even with an extra slow pace the jog was punishing and I was happy when we got back to the house.
Then up at work I ran the trails behind the office for the last time. I wouldn't have any time on Tuesday or Wednesday so today was my only window. It was a few hours since the dog jog and the legs had a little more life in them. I started on a long dirt road that heads into the woods. I was afraid there would be Big River-eque water hazards but apparently the road drains well. After about a mile I jumped onto single track. I was able to string together about five miles of my favorite trails. The legs held up pretty well but I was taking it very easy and towards the end I could really feel it. One last beautiful morning in the quiet woods of Smithfield. Farewell.
Tuesday - Charlestown, RI - 2.1 miles170 push-ups (standard/military/wide) 20/20/30/30/20/30/20
My legs! If it had been raining I'd have told Oliver to sod off but it was only misting and so out we went. 10 minute miles and it felt plenty fast enough for me. That should give you an idea of how the ol' legs are feeling.
Wednesday - Charlestown, RI - 4 milesLegs are finally starting to shake off the lethargy. Was able to extend the dog jog this morning which felt good. Last day of work in Smithfield. Coworkers gave me a nice send-off. Feels weird to finally be leaving after 7.5 years.
Thursday - Charlestown, RI - 5.2 milesAnother good dog jog as sunrise swept over the land. Thanks to the jogs I'm getting decent mileage this week despite only one dog-less run. New office is small, informal and very different from corporate America. But a nice change. With an hour lunch I'll guess I'll have to get used to doing some lunch runs though today I was content to just take a short walk.
After work I headed down to Westerly for the WTAC trail series victory party. I jogged over to Grey Sail Brewery where we had some tasty brews and toured the facility. Then another short jog back to the car (kudos to Galoob for running with a full growler) before walking over to the pizza joint for lots of pizza pie. Most departed after that but a few of us continued on to the Malted Barley. I can report that Founder's KBS is indeed all that. Great evening with an awesome group of guys (and Beth!)