Doyle's Emerald Necklace

Doyle's Emerald Necklace

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Busy Sunday

I had a treadmill run planned for today and usually like to get it done in the morning if I can. But today, I decided to take care of everything and everyone else before myself. I got out of bed and headed outside to snowblow the driveway. As soon as I was done, I took all three dogs out on a short loop walk through the woods, made John breakfast and then we, along with the dogs, headed out to the Albany Town Forest for a xc ski. No one else had been through yet, so we got to break a little trail that was covered in the fresh snow. It was actually really beautiful, even though the wind had picked up. We did a short 2.4 mile loop; it was super slow since John likes to stop and play.
John taking a (LONG) break to bury himself in snow by the Swift River
We went back to the house to drop the dogs and the xc skis in exchange for our downhill skis and headed up to Black Mt. It wasn't super crowded there, and after about 45 minutes, I could see why. The wind had gotten stronger, and after about 3 rides on the slow lift, we were getting pretty cold. Took a short break in the lodge to warm up then headed back out for another couple of runs. The skiing was great, but sitting on the lift was making us colder. We opted to go on the Platter Pull because it was a shorter ride, but as soon as we got in line, the lift broke and had to be shut down. We were really cold at this point and decided to just head home. It was a decent hour and a half of skiing, though, and the beauty of the season pass is that you don't have to stay all day to feel like you're getting your money's worth.
Once home, I procrastinated for awhile then headed down to the basement for a treadmill run. I wanted to hit 60 miles for the week, so that meant 11.5 on the treadmill. I just plugged in the tunes and got it done. As I always do, I start at 1% grade for a half mile, then up it to 3% for the second half mile and continue this pattern for the whole run, all while increasing the speed every mile or two. Finished the 11.5 with a 7:12 pace, so I was pretty happy with it. Felt great to run faster since I don't think I've run very fast this week except for my short Monday treadmill run.
I'm excited to be only doing EMT work this week since the Chiropractic Clinic is closed. I'm working tomorrow on the Bartlett-Jackson Ambulance and expect to be running the vacation week "shuttle bus" from Attitash to Memorial Hospital at least a few times. Looking forward to it.

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