Monday - East Providence, RI - 5.7 milesHappy birthday to me! It was 70 degrees outside but the heavy wind made it feel less so. I decided to head towards Seekonk on today's run. First I checked out Hunt's Mill which had a cool fish ladder but no trails that I could see. Across the street was a 2.7 mile trail that ran around the James Turner Reservoir. Fun trail filled with gnarly roots. I didn't know how long it would take so I opted to just run a portion and then turn around. I'll definitely check out the whole thing at some point. On the way back that nerve thing in my foot began to hurt and by the time I got back to the office I was a hot mess. Maybe a fan and a cold ice pack will help. The nerve pain came back later in the day and was quite painful by evening. There's a sports injury podiatrist in the office below so I guess it's time to make an appointment and find out what this damn thing is.
Tuesday - Charlestown, RI - 2.1 milesDog jog. Wet dog jog. Legs had no life. Nerve thing popped up every so briefly just to remind me that I'm beat up. No desire to run during or after work in heavy wind and rain.
Wednesday - Providence, RI - 5.4 milesBeautiful cool day outside! It actually snow/sleeted this morning. Now that I'm running at lunch I look forward to cold weather so that I don't return a sweaty mess. Decided to venture back over into Providence and check out the east side. Made my way down to Wickenden Street and then back up to work on various streets. I didn't realize how fast I was moving until I looked at my watch. It'll take a while to get use to city running. You gotta be on the lookout for cars at all time - they don't give a shit!
Thursday - East Providence, RI - 5.6 milesP90X Chest & Back (50 minutes)
It has been a long time but I finally returned to Chest & Back. Just push-ups and pull-ups. Readers of my blog know that I've been doing 100-200 push-ups once or twice a week for a while. I was pleased to see that my numbers had gone up in the push-up exercises. Pull-ups were another story. Very few as expected. I'll have to work on that.
I had considered track work at lunch time but decided that it would have been tough to fit in. Instead I went to check out the Ten Mile River Bikepath. It doesn't go for 10 miles, that's just the name of the river. It's a really nice bikepath and the (man-made?) river is very pleasant. I took it most of the way before having to turn around. I knew there were segments on this path but I wasn't sure where they started/ended. Since I bailed on speed work I opted to just push the pace on the way back (and hopefully nab a segment in the process.) Miles 4 & 5 were just over six minutes which was good to see. No segments though - looks like they all required going all the way to the other end of the bike path. Another day.
Friday - East Providence/North Kingstown, RI - 13.4 milesStuck close to the office for my lunch run and ventured across the nearby railroad tracks. There's an industrial area next door and beyond that it looks like a wide open area that hugs the river. Couldn't find my way past the gated businesses and decided to just explore some more local streets instead - I needed to see what shops/restaurants are in the area anyway. Get a lay of the land, you know. Around mile three my legs felt really tired and my pace dropped. I had no pep. The recent miles and no lunch had caught up with me. The last couple miles were a trudge.
Down in North Kingstown I wanted to get in a bunch more miles before band practice. Felt a lot better than I had during the lunch run - would it last? I wanted to check out the trails down by Gilbert Stuart that Jonny and Galoob run occasionally. I saw the sign for an old girl scout camp. That must be the place. Nice little assortment of trails alongside Carr Pond (not the one in Big River.) Looked like a beautiful late afternoon on the pond. Idyllic. I explored what trails I could find, got cut up by prickers in the process and then continued on Gilbert Stuart Road up a crushing hill. At the top I turned around and followed GS Road in a big loop back to Jay's house. I was pleased that the lethargy of the early run didn't follow me into the evening one.
Saturday - Black Farm, Hopkinton, RI - 7.1 milesWhile Ezri was a dance practice I took off for Black Farm. 1.5 miles on neighborhood roads and then I hit the smooth pine-needle covered trails. Kept the pace relaxed and the legs felt good. Checked out most of the trails, stopping at the pond to momentarily enjoy the splendor of nature (surprised I didn't see any fisherfolk out there.) This is a nice little area and one hour is just about right to see everything.
Sunday - Charlestown, RI - 11.5 milesObsessed with hitting 50 miles this week, I awoke early on Easter Sunday to get in a decent run. Driving anywhere costs precious time and I had to get back to the house to prepare Easter breakfast. I decided to head over to Browning Woods as I hadn't been there in awhile. Trails were a little wet in spots but overall not too bad. I did a full loop of the trail and then on the second loop I took the Heart trail over to Worden's Pond Road. There are so many bottles on the side of the road - shameful. Recycle your road sodas, people. I did however spy a couple green Grolsch bottles. These have the flip top lids and are always useful for homebrewing. So the last three miles saw me running with a beer bottle in each hand. A splendid find on a cool Easter morning! Headed back to the house and prepared a delicious breakfast for my girls (and my mom) - cheesy strata, bacon, waffles and fruit salad. Yum!
Weekly Mileage: 50.9 miles
Year to Date: 633 miles
Great week of running! My first full week of the new job and I'm enjoying the work very much. And as you can see from this past week I've quickly taken to my new lunch run routine. It helped me nab another fifty mile week so I'm psyched. What's also pleasing is that my nagging nerve foot issue which plagued my Monday through Wednesday runs hasn't surfaced since then. I'm sure I haven't seen the last of it but all the same it was good to run without the stinging sensation for the last few days.