A lot of rain recently meant that normally wet Twin Brook was exceptionally muddy this evening, and still a lot of fun. We had another big group that included Jim, Jeff, Tom, Blaine, Erin, Shauna, Yana, Erik, and Mindy. Jeff commented that we really must bring a video camera next week to record the now infamous river crossing, although the run up to the river is turning out to be more of a challenge than getting across the river. I hope I remember the camera next week.
The pace started out slow and gradually crept up throughout most of the run. I ran two of the three sprint lines and discovered that I still have some recovery to do from my recent mountain running efforts before I can really run fast again. I had noticed a little tightness in my hamstrings throughout the day and a funny pain like feeling behind my knee but neither bothered me during the run, I think the easy first mile helped, and I feel much better now. Perhaps a recovery run yesterday would have been better than taking the day off from running (Blaine might agree).
Following the normal 5.5-ish mile route Jeff, Tom, Blaine, Jim and I headed out for a barefoot lap of the playing fields and adjacent grassy trails. The barefoot running felt great and I noticed how easy it was to let the pace creep up, nothing particulary impressive though. Since I know I'm still recovering from Saturday's run at Sunday River (and something else) I won't be racing the Back Cove 5k tomorrow night but I may run it easy in my Vibram Five Fingers.
distance: 6.89 miles
weather: mid 60's, very humid, overcast and light showers
conditions: mud and puddles
gear: Inov-8 Mudroc 280, socks, shorts, t-shirt, hat