I've never been so happy to "only" see two 10 mile runs penciled into my planner for the week. I am just plain tired. And honestly, my body is a bit cranky with me. This week's cutback week is welcome. I think the past number of weeks have been the first time I've actually (mostly) followed through with a training plan, with the long runs actually increasing as they should, and with a few back-to-backs thrown in too. I have been feeling (mostly) good, but by the end of last week, I could tell I was ready. A bit of rest is definitely what I need. I also needed the massage I got on Friday, and the visit with Dr. Jamie that I had this afternoon.
In any event, hopefully all of the above will mean I feel good for next week and beyond, and just because I was tired didn't mean I took the day off :-) I brought Sam into daycare this morning, as they were doing St. Patrick's Day festivities and she didn't want to miss out. Also, with the impending snowstorm tomorrow, I knew we'd likely be home anyway, and I did have a bit of work to get done, so the swap of daycare days seemed like the logical thing to do. Which meant 10 miles was on tap today.
I wasn't feeling super enthused as I headed out - it was cold and windy, but at least the sun was bright. My plan was to stick to the trails/dirt roads as best I could, so I ran out on the powerlines first. It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't fast, but it was good mix of mud and packed snow and ice. I did a slight variation on the Homeplace loop, and then once I got back to Topsham Crossing, I headed up Tedford and hooked up with the back Highland Green Road. From there, I ran the cart paths for the rest of the run. The math worked out perfectly, as I hit the start of the cart paths at 5.4 miles, meaning I needed only 4.6 to get to 10. From the start of the cart paths, it is 4.7 miles back to our front door. Pretty good, huh?! :-) The cart paths were a mix of packed gravel, mud, and patchy snow and ice. The typical rhythm and speed you can get while running the paths wasn't quite there today, but it was still a nice change of pace. And amazing how much snow has melted recently - it was good to see a fair amount of bare ground out there. Guess that's about to change, as we're forecast to receive 10" to 15" of snow tomorrow. I have to say, I'm pretty much done with winter, and really really really hope this new snow melts quickly after tomorrow's snowstorm!
Seen on the run (May 23, 2015)
16 hours ago