Monday - 0 milesI woke up in our Littleton hotel with a painful lower back. Guess the pack I used up Mt Liberty is the culprit. So no follow-up hike today. We did stop at a sport shop on the way out of town and I scored a pair of Dion running shoes at 40% off. Probably won't have a chance to use 'em this season but now I'm ready for next winter.
|Too bad the snow disappeared while I was away!|
Tuesday - East Providence, RI - 6.8 milesMan, it's hard to get back into the swing of things in dumpy East Providence. I enjoy the mountains so. Wish I lived up there. Back is still sore from Sunday but running didn't seem to aggrivate it. I ended up going over to the East Bay bikepath in Riverside and shambling through 7ish miles. The lane was mostly clear. A few spots still had a goodly amount of snow but there was always a clear section. Not much to say other than I got it done.
Wednesday - Johnston, RI - 8 miles6:00 minutes of planks (longest - 3:06)
With Amanda off this week I get a couple early morning runs and this one led me to the Snake Den. I went with the Speedcross which was a wise choice. The first trails of the day were caked in icy snow and hard going. The postholing and shitty trail conditions wore my ankles/calves out quick. Surprisingly things improved with the Connector trail as the snow became very soft and I could just run through it. A surprise: a new bridge has been built on the Connector trail so it's no longer necessary to traverse that downed tree! Once on the other side I usually found a clear path on the trail to run but there was still plenty of snow and it wore me down. I ventured over towards Route 295 which ate up time and after a swampy bushwack I was forced to take roads back to the car.
Thursday - 0 milesMy ankles are chewed up from yesterday. Despite the 60 degree temps outside, I decided to take the day off to let my legs heal. Grrr.
Friday - West Greenwich, RI - 7.2 milesI left the house real early intent on getting in some decent time in Big River. My left ankle was hurting on the outside but I chalked it up to rolling it several times on Wednesday. At first it looked like it was going to be a great run but once I hit single track I came upon pine and pine bent over on the trail. In fact the whole place had taken a beating - lots of big trees/branches were down and the little ones had just keeled over from winter. I backtracked to the dirt roads but after 1.5 miles I felt pain in my ankle. Damnit! This was a bummer but I still had an hour and a half to kill before heading to work. I just followed the New London turnpike to the quarry and then turned around. Nice morning (if a little chilly in just a tech shirt) but now I definitely need to be smart and take several days off. Then it'll be just pavement for a while. Bah.
Saturday - 0 miles
Sunday - 0 miles
5:30 minutes of planks (longest 2:35)
Weekly Log:22 miles
Year to Date: 302 miles
King of a chumpy week in the end. My ankle still hurt at times over the weekend so I'm assuming I just rolled it worse than I thought on Wednesday. I plan to rest it early next week as well and hopefully it will mend quickly.