Monday - Richmond, RI - 11.1 miles5 minutes of planks (longest - 2:20)
Last of day of my Christmas break before I drag myself back up to East Providence. Made the most of it with a medium length trail run at the Carolina Management Area. As often happens I wasn't sure of my route until I approved my destination then a loop popped into my head. I parked along Pine Hill Rd and ran into southern Carolina where I've never been. Once it intersected with the North/South trail I headed north back towards the road. I came upon a group of 7-8 middle aged asians. They were decked in orange and thought they were just hiking until I spied rifles on all their shoulders. Definitely not the kind of hunters you expect but they seemed nice enough.
A brief road section took my over to Shadow Ridge Rd and through the backdoor into Carolina North. It began to hail a bit but it was the tiniest hail possible. I ran a couple hilly loops around the trout pond and then headed back towards the car. A good mid-distance trail run to start the week.
Oh and my wonderful wife got me a GoPro camera for Christmas. I need a lot of practice with it. I suspect I'll use it more for hiking than running but it'll be cool to get some action shots of other folks. Here's a cute little campsite along the Pawcatuck that I found during today's run:
Tuesday - 0 miles3.5 minutes of planks (longest - 1:35)
Back at work. Blah. No running today as it my wont on Tuesdays. Also it was pouring outside. I did go to lunch yoga however. Not my best session but I got it done. Planks this morning were very tough and I didn't get far.
Wednesday - East Providence, RI - 7 miles5 minutes of planks (longest - 2:20)
205 push-ups (standard/wide) 30/35/35/35/40/30
My lunch run possibilities all sounded dreary but I eventually opted to head over to Riverside and run some quieter roads. It was chilly in the low 40s at first without hat and gloves but soon enough I was perfect. I headed over to some old sand pits near Barrington. Found some abandoned house atop the pit that had been well and truly trashed. No doubt a party zone for seedy folk. Heading back towards the car, I had some extra miles to do so I just jumped on the East Bay bike path for a bit. Not a bad run overall and I had more pep than I thought. But Riverside stank of sewage from the treatment plant nearby. Yum.
Thursday - Seekonk, MA - 6.1 miles4 minutes of planks (longest - 1:42)
Combined bits of a couple different routes into a new loop today up in Pawtucket/Seekonk. A nice new loop but I got really tired after three miles. I slogged through a mile of trails and began to feel a bit peppier but cut it short anyway. No point in pushing it.
Friday - 0 miles5 minutes of planks (longest - 2:32)
Working from home because of the morning snow. A short lunch run on snowy trails sounded nice but I donated blood yesterday so I'm taking it easy today in preparation for tomorrow's race. Also I may or not have just purchased Grand Theft Auto V so that may now be vying for my time. Mwa ha ha!
Saturday - Resolution 5k - 5.6 miles16th overall. Separate write up to follow.
Sunday - Charlestown, RI - 3 miles
After getting dumped on with about 12-16 inches of snow yesterday, I got out for an enjoyable snowshoe hike in Carter Preserve (the idea of running on cruddy roads held no appeal). Really beautiful out there and a few miles of breaking trail in Carter used leg muscles that had long been dormant.
Weekly Mileage: 32.6 miles
Year to Date: 36.8 miles
A decent week of running and a fun race - a good way to start the year!