Monday - East Providence, RI - 7 milesI parked further south along the East Bay bike path so I could explore further. The section in Riverside was in rough shape from the previous night's storm - lots of rocks and debris on the path. It was overcast and cool but the rain held off - perfect running weather. The last time I was on this path was during the 2012 Providence Marathon so my memory was hazy. Down into Barrington the path runs alongside a beautiful pond/marsh landscape. Unfortunately it was time to turn around at this point. Nice area and I'll be sure to return again.
Tuesday - West Greenwich, RI - 6 miles200 push-ups (standard/military/wide) 30/25/25/30/20/40/30
Cold and rainy morning. Amanda wasn't working so I was able to run before heading up to Providence. That meant trails even though conditions were shitty out there. I opted to stick to the dirt roads of Big River. It made for a relaxing morning run once my hands warmed up. Instead of my lunch run I went to donate blood - always a good thing to do. And another family milestone - Em got her driver's license today. Watch out world!
Wednesday - Providence, RI - 8.1 milesElbow planks (in seconds) 47/54/62/55/43/53/66/52/62
Planks! The great equalizer. Did some of these in the office today and oof, that'll do it. I've been slacking off about doing push-ups in the morning so this little office sessions seem like a good alternative.
Beautiful day for a lunch run so I went over and did a loop through Providence. Early on I took a path behind East Side Market to an old railroad drawbridge that's no longer in use. A guy was running down the tracks pops out of the woods and introduced himself - turns out it was Warren Angell and he recognized me from our mutual friends. You never know who you're going to meet on a run. Then I continued on through India Point Park and over to Kennedy Plaza but heading back to the office through Brown. A fun run and the legs felt good. This mid-distance runs seem to be doing the trick!
Thursday - East Providence, RI - 4 miles180 push-ups (standard/wide/decline) 30/25/20/30/30/20/25
Dropped the car in the morning off nearby for an oil change and ran the mile back to the office. In the afternoon I ran back to pick it up but went and checked out the new "Linear Park." It's the rebuilt bike path along 295. It's actually pretty nice and there's a separate walking section from the bike lane for most of it. Not sure if it makes it any faster for me to get over to India Point Park but it's a nice alternative. Very easy day overall. And my new Garmin Forerunner 210 arrived at home - looking forward to trying it out tomorrow.
Friday - Seekonk, MA - 10 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes)
My new watch is here! The Garmin Forerunner 210 is a streamlined watch with less info displays. But since I never used the 305 for setting up fancy workouts, this one should suit me just fine. Decided to try a loop that incorporated Caratunk, a bunch of country roads and then those dunes I discovered nearby. It's spring and Caratunk is in its glory - tall grasses and plenty of flowers and creatures. From there I followed the powerlines to where I bushwacked through the woods to a super fancy neighborhood with the swankiest of the swank houses dwell. I was now in familiar territory and took these roads for a big loop which eventually led to the dunes. I wanted to do a loop around the pond before taking another potential shortcut back to some roads. Guess I was a little cocky 'cause I got pretty turned around in there. It ended up adding an extra 1.5 miles to the run. Looking at Strava, I should have stuck to my guns because I turned around right before the trail I was looking for.
The trail around the pond was busy. First I had to skirt past a giant old fashioned van two stoners had driven down a dirt trail that barely fit it. Once I got past Fishbowl McGee and Smokey Joe, I soon came upon a couple more respectable teen fishing in the pond. The shortcut I was looking for worked, I came out in a neighborhood but it was still another 1.5 miles back to the car. I'm sure with some snooping I can find a more direct shortcut back to Caratunk. Anyway the watch seemed to work well and as a plus it's very wearable as an everyday watch.
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Saturday - South Kingstown, RI - 2.5 milesIn what was less of a run and more of an excuse to mess around with the new spacewatch, I stopped over near Matunuck Schoolhouse Road to check out a few (very) small trail sections. The first was an Art Trail with about 24 different exhibits along it's very short route. Then I continued on to a management area that led to a field with very tall grass. Looked like tick central so no thank you. Then I found a found down a utility road of some sort.
Sunday - Charlestown, RI - 9.9 milesI was planning a long run but we made a last minute decision to attend the Backroads Ramble 5k at Camp Wachaug. I still went out in the morning but cut the run short. I did two loops in North Burlingame on the main dirt roads. Got six miles out of it and my legs felt tired. How would I race in a few hours?
As it often is, the legs loosed up and felt much better by race time. I'll have a separate report on the race itself soon enough.
Weekly Mileage: 47.6 miles
Year to Date: 786.4 miles
Another solid week of running ending with an unexpected race. Legs are feeling the miles so I plan to ease off a bit next week.