Monday - Seekonk, MA - 8 miles205 push-ups standard/wide) 45/40/40/40/40
Another week is upon us and I considered taking the day off but I don't like to start Mondays off on a bad note. I wasn't sure where to run but came upon a good idea to hit up the Caratunk Preserve but duck out onto nearby roads after a few miles. Weather was beautiful and the wildflowers in the preserve were in rare form. I hadn't planned on the summer overgrowth and had to do a bit of bushwacking to get to pavement. After about four road miles I ducked back into Caratunk to finish up with another mile on the trails. Fun run.
Tuesday - Charlestown, RI - 4.3 milesI was working from home on what turned out to be a very rainy day. I had no intentions of running but the afternoon drizzle looked appealing so I laced up for a few very easy miles. I decided to see what shape the Narragansett Trail was in. Answer: not great. Besides the heavy summer growth, there were lots of trees down from last week's superstorm. I'd estimate probably about 10-12 big trees I had to navigate around. An enjoyable rainy run nontheless.
Wednesday -Seekonk, MA - 9.2 miles200 push-ups (standard/military/diamond) 35/30/20/35/30/20/30
I was bored and needed a new route to inspire me. I crafted one that began at the Seekonk High School and ventured south along country roads, some that I had traveled before and some which were new to me. It was 80 but not steamy and after a slow first mile the pace creeped down to around 7:15 and stayed there for the duration. I brought a printout of my route which proved wise as I got turned around in a neighborhood which added about 1/2 mile to the run. The only shitty part was the last two miles, which were on a busy road with little shoulder. Otherwise a fine run on country roads. I'm pleased with the pace too.
With my run out of the way, I finally got back to Providence Power Yoga for a lunch session. Good stuff!
Thursday - Johnston, RI - 7.2 milesWith Amanda working at home, I had the opportunity to run before work. But where? Finally I settled on the Snake Den - I wanted to explore the dirt bike trails that run along 295. I made a beeline for the powerline side of the Den and after a quick visit to the best vista, I explored the trails. Lots of twisty single that is very reminiscent of the stuff behind Fidelity - Jonny would love these trails. A good run but the deer flies were a pain. They'll be gone soon enough though.
Friday - Providence, RI - 6.4 miles200 push-ups (wide/diamond/decline) 40/20/35/40/25/40
First of all, I've sort of chumped it over the past few weeks with regard to push-ups and Ab Ripper. I'm glad I got back into the swing of things with push-ups this week, though I think I'm due to mix up some other cross training as well.
As for today's run, I was pretty blah about it. I was the only one in the office today and went out for a quick one at noon across to the East Side. No real motivation or route, just meandered around the hills that I had so recently destroyed my legs on. I was happy when it was over but pleased I got it done at all.
Saturday - 0 miles
Sunday - Charlestown, RI - 16.1 miles
For my long run, I didn't get an early start so I decided to just run a big loop from the house to avoid driving time. I brought a handheld and a couple gels as it was a hot humid day. First I ventured over to Richards Trails at the corner of Narrow Lane and Route 2. There's an old trail that goes through indian territory that I had attempted to follow once before. I was hoping that the summer vegetation would make the trail more discernible. It did...for awhile. But deep in the woods the trail is all but gone and I had to do some bushwacking to locate its remnants. Finally it become more visible and it led me to exactly where I hoped it would - the corner of Old Church Rd and Old Post Rd.
I explored some side streets off of Old Post Rd before spending a few miles on the Carter Preserve trails. At this point I was starting to get pretty hot and thirsty. I had about half a bottle left but I was taking a couple short breaks in the shade. When I came out of the woods at Charlestown Elementary, I scouted for an outdoor water fountain but no dice. Then I decided to venture down towards Shannock Village as I knew there was access to the Pawcatuck River where at least I could cool off. Dunking my head in the river was very refreshing and gave me renewed energy as I passed the "village." Once back across Route 2, I snuck around an empty office building until I found the hose. I used this tap to cool off again and fill up my bottle.
Satisfied with a gut full of water I made my way home. My calves were very tight at this point and my pace was plodding. I threw in an extra side street near the end as I wanted to hit 16 miles. Pretty brutal run by the end but I'm glad I got it done.
Weekly Mileage: 51.4 miles
Year to Date: 1200.3 miles
Mileage is getting there. If I run 40 miles a week for the rest of the year I'll hit 2000.