It’s Friday and I just got back from a short hike with the dogs in Winant Park. We saw the usual players: trail runner, people with dogs, people without dogs. Despite hiking earlier and earlier I still seem to see more every day. It’s all good. Goldie is coming on command and I can get her on a leash at the end of the hike which I couldn’t do a week ago. Winnie is getting older and grumpier so at the last half of the hike she is on leash.
It’s been a good week so far. I’ve run all the mileage I am supposed to according to the 100 mile training plan.
Today is an off day in preparation for tomorrow’s 18 miler. I finally feel like I’m back on track and feeling strong while running.
The holiday weekend is turning out to be a busy one, plus the weather is going to be fantastic. Hiking Monadnock on Sunday, which I haven’t hiked in over 30 years. Hiking Ragged on Monday, which will be hard – the mountain is tough! And running and mountain biking with friends the rest of the days.
I have been thinking about my goal of running 100 miles in 2020. It more and more looks like it’s going to be a self-supported 100 mile run in October. I’m thinking 5 10-mile out and back routes to my house. I’ve been scouting out runs which is making my longer runs more interesting and keeping my mind occupied.
Here’s what I’m thinking for the self-supported 100:
10 miles out to Bow and back
10 miles out to Oak Hill (East Concord) and back
10 miles out to Boscawan and back
10 miles out to Hopkinton and back
Which leaves one more out and back left to figure out. And most importantly which legs to do at night from a safety perspective.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, friends.