Monday - 0 milesThe only opportunity to run was in the morning and I chumped out. Didn't have much oomph and my big toe was aching which was enough of an excuse for me.
Tuesday - Providence, RI - 5.9 miles22 pull-ups w/ assists (standard/chin-up/close grip) 3/6, 4/4, 3/5, 3/5, 5/4, 4/4
Originally I was going to try to do some hill repeats over on College Hill but I really didn't feel like driving over there and running there probably would've taken too long. Plus it was hot. So damn hot. I opted to still head over to the East Side but instead just run along the swanky neighborhood streets. I ended up keeping the pace rather peppy for the most part but I took a couple quick breaks in the shade. Hit the Blackstone trails on the way back for a change of pace (and shade.)
Wednesday - Caratunk Sanctuary, Seekonk, MA - 5 miles265 push-ups (standard/wide/decline/diamond) 45/40/40/15/45/40/30/10
Another hot day. I ran over in Caratunk again at a pretty brisk pace all things considered. Good wildlife sightings. I ran around Muskrat Pond three times and on my first pass I ran right by one of the pond's namesakes. I stopped, looked back and we were both startled - it ran off into the underbrush. On the pond I saw a couple turtles sunbathing on a log. They plopped in the water every time I ran by. It was a little cooler in the woods but not by much.
Thursday - Seekonk, MA - 5.9 milesI went over to the High School track for some speedwork. It was another scorcher and I was ready to abandon the track idea if the place was filled with high schoolers but I guess school hasn't started yet in Seekonk so I grudingly stuck to my plan. Almost anyway. I had planned to do ten 400s but cut it down to eight once I hit the track. Some big clouds rolled through which helped a great deal. I probably could have pushed the 400s a little harder but I was still satisfied. Afterwards I cooled down on the trails along the reservoir.
Splits: 83 / 84 / 84 / 83 / 82 / 81 / 78 / 80
Friday - Smithfield, RI - 12.1 milesP90X Chest & Back (30 minutes - 1/2 the workout)
After work I started off the long weekend by venturing back to my former employer to once again run the many dirt bike trails in their woods. I started by exploring the twisty turny stuff behind 900 Salem. As soon as I entered the woods it was as it felt like I had never left. Truly the forest is timeless. The trails ended abruptly where the land had been clearcut but I was surprised to see that they hadn't done much building on the land yet. I'm sure they will soon.
After only three miles I was feeling parched so I made a beeline for the car behind heading back out deeper into the woods. The rest of the run was several of my favorite long trails, strung together. I hadn't forgotten how hilly and technical some of the trails are - I miss being able to train on them regularly. After about an hour I begun to feel the effort of the trails. The highlight of the run came near the end when I would out in the open hilly gasline section. I came upon a couple guys standing on top of a hill next to their jeep, deciding whether to descend a pretty gnarly downhill. They went for it, jeep bottoming out along the way down, and I enjoyed following them for the rest of this section. Great Friday run!
Saturday - 0 miles
Sunday - Charlestown, RI - 15.4 milesOriginally I was going to run trails but after 12 solid trail miles on Friday, I opted for easier terrain for this long run. I went straight down to Charlestown Beach and I began sweating immediately - the humidity was so high. The beach was pretty nasty from the recent large waves. Lots of wide red sea weed and tiny bugs hovering everywhere. I ran down to South Kingstown Beach and it was like that most of the way. Glad I had my handheld for this run because sweat was pouring off of me throughout. Mile 10 marked the point when my legs started to get aggravated with me but I tried not to let the pace drop too much and slogged ahead on the local roads back to my house. Tough run towards the end but a necessary one.
Weekly Mileage: 44.3 miles
Year to Date: 1296.6 miles
Good mix of road and trails this week, including some speedwork. I want to push the mileage up to 50 next week before enjoying an easier week in the 30 mile range.