We arrived home late last night from a three-day field trip to Boston with my wife's 6th grade class. It was a rousing success, both from Meg's perspective and mine: Finn loved the city and got to spend some quality time with my mom, and I got to run twice and see the Red Sox walk off against their 2013 nemesis, the Texas Rangers.
Thursday: 8 miles, with 7mi at MP. I ran on the "banks of the River Charles" (love that dirty water) for the first time in my life. The Boston side was nice and uninterrupted, but I wasn't too fond of trying to figure out how to access the bridge crossings or having to stop for intersections on the Cambridge side. I had a lot of pent up energy and the stop/start nature of the running made it easy to get caught up in a fast pace.
Friday: 6 miles, pushing Finn's city stroller (not the jogger) in the pouring rain with jeans, cotton shirt and jacket on, after only 4 hours of sleep the night before (and 14 in three nights). At least I had my running shoes! This was not the most traditional of runs, but walking 3 miles each way from the Common to Harvard Square in Cambridge wasn't going to be fun in the rain, so I decided I may as well get a run in. It was a blast.
Total Miles: 14mi (in two runs)
Weekly So Far: 28.5mi
Tuesday: Ladder Intervals
Monday: Easy 5
Weekly Recap: May 27-June 2
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Total Mileage: 61
Elevation Gain: 4500'
Goal: Recover from Patch Sprint and get back to doing hard workouts.
What a great confidence building week! After a tough taper for Patch Sprint and a great race day I was not sure how I'd feel during my recovery week. Fortunately the knee ache that I was feeling before the race has mellowed out, and I somehow found the energy for 61 miles--more than I thought I'd do for sure. Highlights of the week include a few days of heat training, which are not fun but are important when race day dawns 80 degrees and humid, and my first tempo run on the road in a while.
Looking Ahead: Tough weeks coming up: I'm in Boston for three days with Finn this week and might not be able to run while I'm there, then I'll be working hard to prepare for directing the Great Adirondack Trail Run the next week (including at least one more day of trail work), all the while getting ready for the 10-day hiking camp I'm leading later in June. I'm going to try not to stress about missing a few workouts, and use the forced time off to recharge for a couple of good training weeks in early July before Wakely Dam.
Sunday: Long Run
Saturday: Easy 7
Friday: AM Easy & PM Trail Run
Thursday: AM Recovery & PM Tempo
Wednesday: Ausable Lake Road
Tuesday: Loj Loop Easy
My Best Results:
7/31/16: Escarpment Trail Run 18mi
1st place, 3:01:12
7/18/15: Wakely Dam 33mi
1st place, 4:45:01, Course Record
6/21/14: Manitou's Revenge 54mi
1st place, 10:50:34, Course Record
4/21/14: Boston Marathon
10/13/13: Mohawk Hudson Marathon
11th place, 2:49:49
9/29/13: Vermont 50
3rd place, 6:40:29
5/25/13: Patch Sprint 12.5mi
1st place, 2:01:43, Course Record