Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

We decided to run today on this newly opened Bruce Freeman rail trail. Apparently it was in construction for about 25 years. It's a beautiful trail. It goes through woods and wetlands and pretty neighborhoods, is covered by trees and goes along water streams. We ran up to the Hart Pond and back to Chelmsford center making it about 6.16 miles. We were still running 15 minute miles though. Also I have decided that hydration pack is a bad idea.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Week 2 Run 2

This was a short 3 mile run. It was a little chilly this morning, but the day is gorgeous! If there was ever a day to be outside this summer, this is it. Clearly I am not outside. However, we still need to increase our pace.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Trail biking

I went biking today on an old railroad track path close to Haystack. Part of it goes through a pond/brook (Cow Pond Brook in the map) It's a beautiful path, some rocks, some dirt, some tree roots, and entirely covered by trees. My favorite part was many bumps on the trail; you feel about 5 going up and down on those. Wheeeee! There were sections where I had to get down and walk, but I only fell once because it was muddy. All in all it was a 6.8 mile ride and a lot of fun!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Week 2 run 1

We tried doing a little longer today than the usual 5 miles. This was a 6 mile loop. Time wasn't good, since we were still recovering from the weekend expeditions.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Weekend run

This past Sunday (Aug 23) I did a 6.5 mile loop. I had never been this far to the north before, and had no idea how hilly it was (I know, I did not look at the terrain view). Another big mistake was starting the run at 10 in the morning. It was about 90 degrees out and I got dehydrated pretty fast and ended up walking for almost a mile. Lessons learned - run early (as we have been doing during the weekdays - 6:30 AM) and find a way to keep self hydrated on long runs.

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Around the Nabnasset Lake

We have been doing pretty much this 3 times a week for the past 2 weeks. It's a 5 mile loop around the lake. Right now our best time on this loop is 1 hr 5 minutes.

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One pretty run

...along the Long Sought For Pond (I know, weird name!) and the Keyes Pond.

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First few runs

We did this 3-ish mile run a couple of times along the pretty Nabnasset lake.

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Usual Bike paths

I bike to work (not very often) along with trucks and 18 wheelers on Rt. 40 -

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And for fun -

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Westford 5k

Then there was the Westford Road Race on May 3rd..

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First training run

We started with running down and up the Millstone Hill.

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