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Training Log Archive: CleverSky

In the 7 days ending Jan 18, 2021:

activity # timemileskm+m
  running4 9:00:36 43.61(12:24) 70.19(7:42) 296
  hiking3 2:51:53 10.55(16:18) 16.97(10:08) 204
  schlepping1 2:23:02 1.47(1:37:32) 2.36(1:00:36) 2
  Total8 14:15:31 55.63(15:23) 89.52(9:33) 502

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Monday Jan 18, 2021 #

8 AM

running (sand) 6:00:03 [3] 43.02 km (8:22 / km)
shoes: Merrill Bare Access XTR

Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass, COVID edition. Clint had done this a couple of times, once the whole 50K and once the 25K plus the shorter loop, and mentioned on his log that he might be interested in doing it again this year. The website said that you should do it with a buddy, so I mentioned that I had MLK Day off and it seemed interesting enough. So we decided to meet there around 7:30.

Off we go. Started out with LS/SS shirts and a running jacket, O pants, light gloves, and a cap. I had a belt with a 16 oz bottle. Started out on the short loop, into the wind, and that loop went pretty well. A brief pit stop and I grabbed an apple, and we started on the marsh trail in the back. The gloves had come off fairly early, and I also ditched the LS shirt at this point.

I had been imagining this to be all soft sand (oof), but it was a much more gravelly course than I expected. There were stretches of soft sand, and some firm sand, but a lot was pebbles that would be no fun barefoot, especially on the beach side. When we popped out at the east end, we were greeted with a pretty stiff headwind (had to be at least 10 knots, sometimes more), and I could see the building at the parking lot several miles away, but it was like a mortgage, for a very long time it feels like you're making no progress toward it. Quite a few pickup trucks drive on the beach, and at times the tire tracks provided the best running. As we approached the halfway point, I felt like I must be fading, because I was having trouble keeping up with Clint.

Up to the parking lot (once we negotiated the one big step that was tough with tired legs), and Clint said that he thought he'd had enough (that was why he was pushing at the end). I said that was fine, I didn't necessarily need to do the whole 50K event, since the 25K is also one of the categories. I sat down in the car and had half a PB&J and some cookies, along with some Coke, and Clint munched on some leftover fried chicken. It was such a nice day... and it would be great to take advantage of more of it... so I proposed an idea. We could head out on the long loop again, only as fast as we felt like going, maybe walking, and just do as much as was comfortable. There are four trails that cut across from the marsh side to the beach, and if we so desired we coud take one of them and see what the terrain looked like in the interior. So after a fifteen minute break, a change of socks for me and off we went.

Jogging felt okay, interspersed with bit of walking when the sand got soft. At some point Clint mentioned that if we did feel like doing the whole loop, that would put us right about at a marathon. I made one stop of a few minutes: nature was calling, and it occurred to me that I could do something other than scoot off into the dunes. Along the marsh trail there are about a dozen rustic beach cottages, boarded up for the winter. They have no utilities, so they have outhouses. I checked an outhouse, and it was open (the door was falling off), so that was more civilized, and I appreciated the people's unknowing hospitality. The time and the distance went by quite pleasantly with good company, so before long we were at the far end again, and turned back into the headwind after I ate a gel. It occurred to me later that it would have been more clever to do that loop in the opposite direction, to get a tailwind on the beach and then head west on the more sheltered back side.

We hit 42.2 km shortly before we got back to the car, and less than 100 m after I last looked at my watch, the battery gave out. I adjusted the time and distance to account for the last bit back to the parking lot by using Clint's track. I did better than usual in terms of taking in calories during the event, so that was good as well (and I was able to start eating more as soon as we finished). There were quite a few people out enjoying the very blustery but warm (46F at the end) day with a walk on the beach, but Clint and I were in a very small minority in that we were not wearing masks.

This place would, I think, make a fantastic orienteering venue. Unfortunately, I think the chances of that happening are pretty much zilch, because there are signs all over the place saying to keep off the dunes and that there's a $50 fine for going off trail.

When I was younger, I used to say that I wanted to stay in good enough shape that I could up and do a marathon on any day without any specific preparation, with no particular time expectation. Now that I'm pushing 60, I'm glad to know that I still can, even with funky conditions (weird surface and the headwind).

Sunday Jan 17, 2021 #

2 PM

hiking (pavement) 1:20:20 [1] 7.22 km (11:07 / km) +132m 10:11 / km
shoes: Merrill Bare Access XTR

A jaunt with Nancy on a sunny but windy day, on some streets on the south side of town. I'm trying to go to all of the streets in Lunenburg on foot from home, but I made a minor exception here. Easterbrook Road was one that I didn't have credit for on CityStrides, but this GPS track ought to cover it. We drove down to the starting point for this walk, but I had already done these roads on foot about eight years ago. The problem was that the GPS track that I got back then was pretty flaky and I didn't get credit for a few nodes at the far end of the cul de sac, even though I did run around it. So I did it honestly back then, and today was just filling in the missing data. We also today did what appears to be a private road that I had not been on before, up through some fancy horse properties.

Saturday Jan 16, 2021 #

7 PM

hiking (pavement) 50:13 [1] 4.94 km (10:10 / km) +43m 9:45 / km
shoes: Merrill Bare Access XTR

A pretty brisk walk with Nancy, In The Dark, for her to pick up a couple of nearby CityStrides streets. More tapering. And Happy Birthday to her.

Friday Jan 15, 2021 #

2 PM

schlepping 2:23:02 [3] 2.36 km (1:00:36 / km) +2m 1:00:21 / km

8 PM

running (pavement) 31:00 [3] 4.7 km (6:36 / km) +33m 6:22 / km
shoes: GoLite Blaze Lite

An uninspired spin around the neighborhood, In The Dark. Maybe tapering, we'll see.

Thursday Jan 14, 2021 #

7 PM

running (pavement) 52:49 [3] 7.85 km (6:44 / km) +154m 6:08 / km
shoes: GoLite Blaze Lite

West on Northfield, In The Dark, to the Fitchburg line. And a bit further, because I couldn't remember where the line was. Very foggy, with a few snowflakes coming down.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2021 #

9 PM

hiking (pavement) 41:20 [2] 4.81 km (8:36 / km) +29m 8:21 / km
shoes: Merrill Bare Access XTR

A rather sprightly walk to the post office and back, In The Dark, including a shortcut through Marshall Park, where I don't recall having ever been before.

Tuesday Jan 12, 2021 #

5 PM

running (pavement) 1:36:44 [2] 14.62 km (6:37 / km) +109m 6:23 / km
shoes: Merrill Bare Access XTR

Down toward Lake Shhirley, In The Dark. Picking up a couple of streets I was missing on CityStrides, although I surely had run Houghton's Mill back around 20 years ago when I lived around the corner, but that was in the pre-GPS days.

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