Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ultramarathon Training Week #4 - Week of 2-17 to 2-23

I feel fortunate to have a motivating group of friends and fellow runners who are staying active through a difficult winter, getting out there and putting in miles, and training through a tough outdoor season.  On the news this morning they said we've basically had double our average snowfall totals this winter, and it ain't over yet.  The bright side?  We'll hit 50 degrees by Friday, and we're just two weeks away from setting the clocks ahead by an hour...so spring is a comin'...

As for ultra training, I had a lower than average week last week, but this week looks infinitely more promising...

Monday, 2-17 - 0 Miles - Winter break for the child = little chance of a run.  1 hour karate class, very productive!  Followed by some stretching and weight training at the house.

Tuesday, 2-18 - 1+ Miles (Trail) - Short, straight shot to the top of Lantern Hill in the snow.  Good stuff, short on distance but the effort was there.  Very quiet, no fresh tracks, snow falling and sketchy as Hell.  Awesome.  I tried to take some video coming down the hill, but it'd just make you hurl, it was so shaky.  Post-holed a good bit of it, but the downhill was so much fun...

Quiet trails...

Foxwoods is right there!

Squinty...

Wednesday, 2-19 - 3.7 Miles (Road) - Short post-karate run in Westerly.  Let the big melt commence!  35-40 degrees, and the snow is finally starting to melt.  Wet roads, slushy, and big puddles?  No problem!



Thursday, 2-20 - 9 Miles (Road) - Westerly/Pawcatuck Oil Change Special.  Still waiting for the rest of the snow to melt before I venture back into the woods - Lori's car needed an oil change, perfect excuse for a run in town.  Easy miles, except for the whole dodging traffic thing...



Friday, 2-21 - 0 Miles.  Planned long run on Saturday?

Saturday, 2-22 - 15 Miles (Road) - NoSto to Hopkinton out/back.  Thwarted.  I put together a potentially epic loop on Map My Run http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/361887957, and was gonna give it a go.  If Strava could offer this course-mapping feature, I'd be pretty stoked.  Got 7+ miles in on North Road and realized my error:  the long dirt portion was still snow and ice and I'd be basically asking for trouble trying to run it.  I stopped, thought about it for a bit, and decided to turn back and shorten the run.  No worries, I'm supposed to do a medium-length run tomorrow anyway, so I'm ahead of the game as it is.  Gorgeous day out there, sunny and 50-ish degrees.  The big melt continues, and I kept a nice, easy pace.  Tomorrow?  Not so much...


Sunday, 2-23 - 4 Miles (Trails/Dirt Roads) - Yawgoog Scout Camp Roads and Trails.  In a word, slippery.  Jim and I headed down toward Green Falls, where the road was a sheet of ice.  Probably not the best idea, but we parked up on Denison Hill Road and headed toward Yawgoog.  Decided to run part of the Yellow and White trails, which were icy, and post-holed some trail through the campground to the road.  Warm, no wind, and nice to be out there, although I'm ready for the snow to go away at this point...

Yawgoog Pond, froze over...

2 comments:

  1. A slow start to the week but you turned it around. Nice work. By the way, Strava does have a route mapping feature. From the dashboard, click the tab for "My Routes."

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  2. Saw that, thanks! Apparently I used it once, then forgot it was there.

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