Monday - 0 milesP90X Shoulders & Arms (45 minutes)
It's been a while since I did a P90X workout but I wasn't running today so I opted for one in the morning. This one was a good choice and the light weight work hit the spot.
Tuesday - East Providence, RI - 7 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes)
I decided to run the East Bay Bike Path after work and further decided to make it a tempo run. Though I'm taking it easy through June it's never too soon to start thinking about those muggy July races. I figured five miles at a 6:20ish pace would be a good effort in line with what I'd be running at the Blessing.
Unfortunately, I made the unwise decision to eat a slice of carrot cake at 3 PM in honor of a retiring coworker. I didn't think much of it at the time and figured it'd be replacing my usual afternoon snack of pretzels & carrots. But this was a Gregg's cake, loaded with buttercream deliciousness. As soon as I started the run I didn't feel great. I felt churglins and gurglins in my gut that just wouldn't go away. I decided to attempt the workout anyway so after a mile I cranked it up. Immediately I could feel the bile begin creeping up my throat. The bike path was loaded with people and I didn't want to puke and scare the children. I knew I wouldn't be able to maintain the pace so after 1.5 miles I bailed and trudged along until I hit 3.5 miles. I stretched for a couple minutes and then made my way back to the car, never really feeling any better.
As an aside, people are dumb as hell (or just don't care, which is worse.) How hard is it to walk on the correct side of the bike path? Keep to the left, dummies!
Wednesday - East Providence, RI - 6 miles280 push-ups (standard/military/wide/decline) 40/30/50/30/40/30/30/30
When I run across the Henderson Bridge I see a dirt road below - it didn't take me long to figure out where it starts and today I went exploring. It ran along old unused train tracks before opening up into a big sand pit clearly used by 4 wheel drive vehicles. I came out along the shore of the Seekonk River which is a smelly, oil-stained place. I followed the shore briefly before finding some more trails. The ground was black, unnatural. I was behind the industrial behemoths that occupy the land near my office. It was very noisy and the woods were littered with trash and fossilized tires, long decayed. All in all a pretty nasty place.
After that I jumped onto roads and ran down a couple neighborhood streets. Therer was an unusually large amount of old people hanging out by their fences (maybe waiting for the mail?) They all seemed to give me a cold glare as though it was my fault they were stuck in East Providence. Sorry folks, there's nothing I can do for you.
Thursday - Charlestown/East Providence, RI - 10.3 milesDog Jog first thing in the morning. We did the loop from Black Pond Rd to the Narragansett trail and then back on Old Coach. I didn't consider that the spring growth would make finding the trail difficult - we basically had to bushwack to get to a clearer path but Oliver was a good sport about it.
In the afternoon, I stuck to my plan and did some 1/4 mile intervals on Waterfront Dr (the empty straightaway I discovered last week.) I settled on 12 since I did 6 half milers last week. Since I wasn't on a track I wasn't sure how to measure out the downtime in between. I settled on 1/10 mile jogs since it'd be easy to calculate with the GPS watch. This seemed to work well and didn't give me too much rest in between. Like all good speed work, the last few sucked and I had to bargain with myself to get through 'em. A satisfying workout but I got back to the office a big sweaty mess.
Friday - Seekonk, MA - 5 miles290 push-ups (standard/wide/decline/pike's press/diamond) 50/40/30/20/15/40/40/30/15/10
I got absolutely drenched making trips out to the car this morning but amazingly I left the torrential downpours in South County and my commute wasn't awful. By lunch the storm had passed and I hit up the Seekonk Meadows for some humid, muddy fun. Actually there wasn't too much mud - the trails drained well. I wore my minimal MT00s per usual with this place - they drain exceedingly well. For the first time I wore 'em without socks. Worked really well. It my muggy but not buggy so I'll definitely take it.
Saturday - 0 milesPlenty of stuff to do around the house. Figure I'll run long on Father's Day.
Sunday - Charlestown/North Kingstown, RI - 7.8 milesOkay so that long run didn't happen. I woke up without much gumption to run for two hours. So as I lay in bed I shortened it to 1 hour. Then I mentally shortened it again to a short dog jog. So my 14 miles ended being whittled down to 2.2 miles. It's June, I do what I want! I'm not in training per se at the moment and I'm giving myself license to chill. Plus without the long run I was able to go out to a wonderful Father's Day breakfast with all my girls which was a treat.
In the afternoon I brewed some beer with bandmate Jay at his house. The whole process went quicker than planned and I found myself with some time before dinner was ready (Jay and his special ladyfriend were making kabobs.) I took the trail and beach over to Rome Point for an easy, hot afternoon run. Rome Point was packed with people on this beautiful day. I was moving pretty well considering that I had a couple beers in me and really enjoyed the trails. Plus I felt less guilty about shirking my morning run.
Weekly Mileage: 36.1 miles
Year to Date: 939.5 miles
Good week. Glad I made up for the cake incident with another round of speedwork on Thursday. If I can keep the workouts occurring on a weekly basis, I'll be in good shape (though next weekend I really should run long seeing as I bailed on the last two.)