Sunday started off with us helping out with the Bowdoin Duelathon. Dumb name, cool event. It's a run, then a rollerski race put on by Bowdoin Nordic as a fundraiser for the team, which is woefully underfunded by the College. D and I were part of the timing crew, and things went pretty smoothly. Plus, by volunteering it got me out of racing...and probably finishing last.
We headed home for lunch, and then got sucked into the couch. It was really difficult to get motivated, but we made it to Pineland in the afternoon. The plan was for a not long run, but a slightly longer run than we've been doing. We headed out on the Campus Loop for starters, and then made our way over to the Oak Hill Loop. I wasn't feeling 100%. My hamstrings were tight and my stomach wasn't feeling kind of squenchy. Nothing terrible, just not awesome. I made some snide remark, as I am wont to do, about D pushing the pace. She got cranky. We bickered. It was fun. Apologies done, we finished the run in just over an hour. And, it was a nice day on the trails. We had a great view of Mt. Washington from the YMCA parking lot when we got back to the car, and we were reminded that we live in a cool place.
Monday began with an important mission: take Ronnie to the vet. Not good times. Much screaming and wailing, and that was just D. Luckily, we were the first appointment, and we were in and out.
Then we headed for Reid State Park for a short run. I had run the ski trail there last summer, so we'd been meaning to get back to check it out. It's a really nice trail actually leads away from the beaches and passes by a very nice beaver pond. About 2 miles into the run we passed a single track trail and decided to check it out. It was a really cool trail that after plenty of ups and downs, mud and roots made its way to the parking lot at the far end of the Park, which is for Half Mile Beach. We headed for Mile Beach and ran along it back towards the car. Luckily, it was lowish tide, so we had a fair amount of firm sand to run in. We also had a nice tailwind. One of the best runs ever: dirt road, single track, mud and a run along the beach. Even though it was a bit longer than I had hoped for, about 4.5. It was really cool to get out an explore a great place that's so close to us. A lot of people head to Reid State Park in the summer for the beach, but it was great to have the place all to ourselves on a great November day. I was fairly tired by the end and have decided that another easy week is order for more recovery. Or, I was just hungry, since I didn't have a very big breakfast. Probably a bit of both.
A great two days seeing the sights here in Maine. Here's why we like living here: