On Saturday, a bunch of us explored the streets of Georgetown and the area between Wisconsin Ave and Rock Creek Park. It was a pretty easy run. Georgetown is always bigger than I think it is. There are tons of hidden nooks and crannies that contain beautiful homes and green spaces.
On Sunday I ran 18 mostly with Reaves and Murphy on the "Perimeter Trail" at Greenbelt Park. The pace seemed hot from the start and I felt tired. I sorta drifted off the back and warmed up for the first hour. I eventually woke up. It was a good run - entirely on trails. I napped for an hour when I got home...something I never am able to do. I napped on President's Day too after running 11 with PMurphy at The Line. We ran my "6 Hills Loop"; a loop I would often run on a weekly basis back in the olden days. The "6 Hills Loop" is 11 miles and contains, as its name indicates, 6 different size hills including arguably the largest, most brutal hill in Rock Creek Park. This always pumps the heart.
I finished last week under schedule with 83 miles. If I had run more on the day when I was sick, I would have been close to 90 (my goal). I feel like I haven't done much to get better over the past week. At the start of every run I am hacking and wheezing like a homeless man who has just polished off a carton of smokes. I am tired and feel slow. However, I am happy to be able to "push through" and keep training first over the past several weeks. Over the past 7 weeks, I've averaged almost 20 more miles more a week than I averaged in 2008. Additionally, I am hoping to start new surge of mileage this week and next.