Monday - East Providence, RI - 5 milesMy calves were still sore from seizing up two nights prior plus yesterday's shortened trail run in Arcadia. I almost bailed on today's lunch run but willed myself out to the Ten Mile River Bikepath for a few easy miles. Still the legs have no pep though they loosened up a bit as I went.
Tuesday - Smithfield, RI - 7 miles140 push-ups (standard/diamond/wide) 30/20/35/25/30
I returned to Wolf Hill for another meandering run on some of my favorite trails. I discovered a couple new trails that seemed well groomed though they just led to houses. Good run but again the last two miles were on trashed legs.
Wednesday - 0 milesDefinitely needed a day off to rest the legs.
Thursday - Exeter, RI - 11 milesI wanted to get a decent amount of miles in the morning so I decided to stick to mostly roads. I thought upon a run around the perimeter of Big River West that incorporated the dirt roads of the New London Turnpike and Sawmill Roads. This turned out to be a good route but again by the time I reached the halfway point my legs began to ache. Division and Hopkins Hill Road also suffered from fast moving traffic which was a pain to deal with. Any thoughts of tacking on a little trail work near Tarbox Pond was gone by the time I passed it.
Friday - Providence, RI - 8 miles200 push-ups (standard/military/wide) 35/25/35/35/30/40
I bailed on a second run yesterday before band practice which put my arbitrary 50 mile week goal in jeopardy. I was determined to get 8 miles at lunch and also work in some hills. Over the bridge I went and ran the roads over by Rochambeau Ave. Once again, I was feeling good for most of the run but after mile six I ran out of energy and took a couple breaks while I stretched out my angry calves.
Saturday - 0 miles
Sunday - North Kingstown, RI - 13 milesI had grand plans for a long run that took me from Quonset over to Hopkins Hill Road via Stony Lane and then back again via Frenchtown Road. I knew that with my recent tired legs this 19 mile route was ambitious/stupid but I felt compelled to try anyway. I had mapped out a 13 mile bailout option and once the climbs started on Stony Lane I knew I'd be using it. The legs just had no pep and the climbing made my calves ache. Even with the bailout option it was still a long slog of a loop and I took several breaks to stretch out the calves. A frustrating run that left me dispirited.
Weekly Mileage: 44.3 miles
Year to Date: 1,479.6 miles
Well my legs have been junk all week. I guess I've no choice but to decrease the mileage next week and give them some time to rest. I really need to be more consistent with the foam rolling too. Sunday's aborted longer run made me question any sort of longer race, even the RI 6 Hour. So we'll see.