It was another big week and all the signs of needing recovery have surfaced. Aches, fatigue, and slow times at the Whitaker Woods fun run and more slow at the MSD 10k. These big weeks are adding up and the times on my runs aren't melting away like I was envisioning. The good news is that I've put in a respectable six week run block, something I've never done before. Next week I'll recover with some road biking and low mileage leading into the Mount Washington Hill Climb. I'm hoping for fresh legs by then and the following week I'll continue to focus on building speed through more track and tempo work and probably keep the mileage in the 70s.
Monday: 8.4 mi in the AM and 6.6 mi in the PM. Both runs in the rain and the first time I've run before noon (not including races) in a LONG time. Trying to increase the mileage by getting some early runs in - right knee is feeling overused. Iced it between runs and felt better.
Tuesday: Whitaker Woods Fun Run (Week 1). Impressive turnout given that it was a rainy start to the series. No expectations coming off a big weekend so it I wasn't surprise to see a relatively slow time. Managed 9 miles on the day and will hopefully have a better run next week.
Wednesday: Hilary and I attempted to run the Auto Road but they were paving. Made it just over a mile up before turning around and running a lap on the Great Glen trails. 6.2 miles total. That afternoon we went and hiked the Franconia Ridge Loop (video and photos below). Nine mile hike but ran the last three.
Thursday: 11 miles with Jim in Madison.
Friday: 6 miles with Jim on flat roads.
Saturday: Market Square 10k Race. Race went well, much slower than last year on beat up legs on a hot day. Nothing this week was pointing towards a fast race and that's fine. After Redhook I recalibrated my expectations and prioritized miles over races. I ended up 11th with a time of 36:17 and battled my way past a few guys along the way. Results.
Sunday: 19 mile trail run in the Ossipee Range with Jim and Derrick Hamel. This was on the todo list for a while and it was a hot but good day to do it. Most of the trail is in the shade and the wind helped keep things cool. There were also a few places to fill up water along the way. Photos below.