AM- Finally made it up for a trail run again. I felt like running the FHT but didn't really want to run the Bench, where I knew I would push myself. So I ran a trail I've never done before- 5.5 miles RT to the waterfalls at Estatoe Gorge and back. Then ran FHT to the beach at Joccasee, which includes a little bit at the end I've never done before, either. Saw Merle along the way- he was taking 4 runners on their longest run ever (17 miles) in prep for a 50 miler they signed up for in the fall. I ended up with about 21 miles in just under 4 hrs running time and 3800 ft climbing. Wasn't even too hot or too many spider webs. As soon as I got home, I had to go clean the church for a few hours, then go to Lowe's to get some paving bricks, then mow and trim the lawn, all of which took me until 8 pm. I really need a nap. But first I have to start preparing my lesson for church tomorrow. At least time goes fast when busy.
The week ended up higher mileage than expected, given that I only had 24 miles mid-morning on Thursday. Unfortunately, I've missed many planned speed sessions, which isn't good for my fast 14k next weekend. We'll just have to see how it goes.