Friday, August 27th - off. Family in town. Feeling sluggish.
Saturday, August 28th - 7.13 miles; 1:08. Ran from the house and explored a few neighborhoods between the house and Dedisse Park looking for social trails. Found a good connector trail from Troutdale that runs behind the Evergreen Cemetery into parts of Dedisse I had not explored. Legs felt flat.
Sunday, August 29th - 8 miles; 1:30; 1,537 feet of elevation gain. Headed over to the Mt. Evans State Wildlife Management Area. Felt terrible. Never got into a groove. Every hill was an effort. Not fun. Not sure what was going on.
Monday, August 30th - 5.35 miles; 50 minutes. Ran from home and did 98 percent of the Meadow View Loop in Elk Meadow Open Space. Cut it a bit short by stopping at the kids' school and walking them home. A very nice way to end a run. Felt crappy again on the run. No pep. Fatigued.
Tuesday, August 31st - 11.46 miles; 1:34. Ran from hotel in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, VA over Key Bridge and up the "Exorcist stairs" near Georgetown University.
|Stairs near Georgetown University featured in the movie The Exorcist. Photo by Reznicek11.|
From there, I did a big loop by running up Wisconsin Avenue a couple miles past the National Cathedral, hung a right and eventually made my way to Connecticut Avenue and found the Soapstone Valley Trail which led me into the depths of Rock Creek Park. From here in the upper reaches of the park, I hopped ran on a series of bike paths and singletrack to the spot where the park ends at the mouth of the C&O Canal. I then hung a right and followed the old canal's towpath back to just below Key Bridge. After a quick sprint across the bridge, I was back at the hotel drenched and very, very ready for some food and drink.
Legs felt a bit better today, but still dragging a bit. The high heat and humidity sure didn't help.
Wednesday, September 1 - 10 miles; 1:19 - Another post-work running tour of the Washington, D.C. sites. From the hotel, I ran by the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Lincoln, Vietnam War, Korean War, WWII and Washington Monuments, the Smithsonian Museums, around the U.S. Capitol and back. Another hot, humid night. Tons of people out playing organized ultimate, kickball and softball on the Mall.
Legs were comfortably fatigued tonight. Didn't feel mysteriously wasted, as I did late last week and through the weekend. Still not 100 percent, though.
Hoping to put together a solid rest of the week, with a 10 miler and, perhaps, a 30-miler this weekend. The Steamboat 50 is looming and I haven't run more than 27 miles at a stretch since Lake City in June. That said, the 27 mile Pawnee-Buchanan Pass Loop was solid, as was the Pikes Peak double weekend. Still, I'm feeling the need to get in one more solid long run before the final race o' the season.
If anyone is up for something long, perhaps in the Mt. Evans Wilderness, drop me a line.