Running (road/trail) 33:41 5.0 km (6:44 / km) +19m6:37 / km ahr:153 max:172 shoes: Altra Timp 3
Conservation area loop. Still really gross out, when I came back from this easy outing my face was dripping profusely, like I'd just walked out of the shower. Almost no bugs, though. I guess Assabet is just special.
Legs felt a big dead but that's to be expected. Feeling pretty optimistic about running, at least volume building.
Running (dirt) 1:02:20 9.73 km (6:24 / km) ahr:160 max:180 shoes: Altra Timp 3
Morning at Assabet, just me and a few hundred winged friends of the biting variety.
It is fairly gross outside again from a weather perspective but this new element of flying things hovering around my body and continuously making attempts to eat part of me just really makes me wonder if the 114F everyone is running through in Tucson is all that bad. I'm sure I've dealt with bugs this bad before but it's been a long time. Maybe a Jukola with attacks by the so-called Finnish Air Force?
The good news is that it felt easier to run for an hour. Not a struggle to finish, except that I was getting tired of swatting. There's an ever-so-slight notion that something is not quite right in The Injured Zones but it's almost imperceptible.
Knowing full well that I will not have any speedwork or race-pace outings any time soon I have gone ahead and signed up for some longer running races. I think with longer races I will really enjoy the race environment and I won't have much pressure to try to run hard.
First up is the Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler (50th edition!) which is going to be great. It will also suck but it will be good for me. The next is the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon in November, which doesn't actually go into the Grand Canyon but is instead on nice forest roads and trails south of the South Rim. That will be a nice one and a fun weekend to take Lukas to see the big ditch.
Running (trail) 25:00 2.7 km (9:15 / km) ahr:128 max:153 shoes: Altra Timp 3
Family outing to Hop Brook Marsh. I had wanted to get in about 30min of easy running today but the main goal was for Melissa to get in a run. She and her college roommates have all signed up for a trail half-marathon in Tucson in February, so Melissa now has a real goal to train towards. Lukas thinks that he is coaching her and it's a bit difficult to get in a continuous run with the number of breaks he needs to take, so I let Lukas "coach" me today instead.
We all did basically the same loop, but I went back and forth to Lukas and my mom and eventually just had to walk with Lukas because he was tired and I think had a side stitch or something. He did really well for the first part and I can imagine a time in the future where we could all go for a run together. We're not quite there yet!
I discovered yesterday at the pool/gym that frog kicks cause me ab pain, as well as leg lifts from a captains chair. The latter is easy to avoid—I only did one because Lukas wanted to know what the machine was for—but also means I should still hold off on any ab exercises. The frog kicks are a little harder to avoid with pool visits while playing with Lukas but I'd rather frog kicks be painful than running!
Running (trail/road) 34:53 5.17 km (6:45 / km) +10m6:41 / km ahr:154 max:185 shoes: Altra Timp 3
One loop in the conservation area from the house. Fewer spiderwebs today. Also the weather's been pretty nice. When it was all hot and sticky it would have been better to be in Tucson, with it's dry 65-100 range. But now that it's cooler and not as sticky it's definitely better here, compared to the 110+ highs that Tucson is seeing.
Felt fine running, though now that I see how slowly I was going, even on the road bits, I think that means my legs are tired from yesterday. Felt like I was moving quite a bit faster, too, really amazing how perception can be so off.
Running (trail/dirt) 49:51 8.02 km (6:13 / km) ahr:157 max:173 shoes: Altra Timp 3
Morningjog in the wildlife refuge. There are flying things there, I have discovered, and some of them probably bite. They were mostly an annoyance any time I stopped for a photo so I guess the lesson is to keep moving.
This isn't exactly road running but it's pretty close, so it's a good sign that I could go 5 miles without any issue. It's annoying that I can still feel that things aren't totally better but at least as long as nothing's getting worse that should mean that I'm just loading the tendons and have to continue to be patient.
Strength/Core (3MML) 3:00 
The first two times I didn't want to overdo it but I wasn't sore at all the next days so I think I need to do more. Did 30/30 and tried to make sure they were not wimpy reps.
Swimming8:33 0.5 km (17:06 / km) ahr:64 max:113
I swam some laps while Lukas was in his swim lesson. I hadn't really planned to do this and didn't have goggles or cap but I was really more limited by my weak-ass arms than any discomfort from lack of equipment.
Not sure how much I did, I think about 500m. The GPS data is obviously just not going to work, and the HR data is even more bogus than usual, so I don't think there's any point to wearing a watch for swimming. If I ever do it again. For a while I could claim that I really earned some time away from a pool after Djibouti but I think that's ancient enough to not be true again.
Stayed in the pool for about an hour afterwards playing with Lukas. It's pretty tiring. I don't know how he and Melissa spend three+ hours in the pool other days!