Sunday, December 27, 2015

Week of December 21 - December 27

Week of December 21 - December 27

December 21 (Monday) - PM: 14.1 miles roads w/ Andy (1100 + ft. of climbing). Moderate/easy run.
December 22 (Tuesday) - PM: 3 miles grass.  Feels like I have another stress fracture happening in exactly the same spot but on the other leg.  Not good. Excruciating pain throughout the day but it was actually not too bad on the very easy run on the trails and grass.  Almost unbearable to the touch and right on the bone...strange it didn't bother me too much while running but was going very easy and on soft surface.
December 23 (Wednesday) - PM: 6.2 miles trails.  Kind of easy with Andy later in the day.  Both legs hurt pretty good but not like the stress fracture pain I was used to before.  Hopefully it's just shin splints or something else less severe.  Am going to take it easy this holiday week and try to not be derailed.
December 24 (Thursday) - PM: 7 miles on the roads relatively easy. Just watching the leg.  Slight issue but nothing too concerning.
December 25 (Friday) - Merry Christmas... family time.
December 26 (Saturday) - PM: 8 miles roads...low 6s which feels normal now which is good. Uptempo testing out the leg.  I think it's more calf/hamstring pulling tight on a spot or two...keeping an eye on it.
December 27 (Sunday) - Off. Leg too sore.  Really hit me hard today.  Was down in MA and was going to meet MQ but did a few rips up and down the road and the pain is eerily reminiscent of the stress fracture.  Not wanting to push it.  Probably need some time and this may be the perfect spot to put the breaks on for a week or so.

Weekly Summary: 38.4 miles for the week.  Obviously a down week w/ my other leg acting up.

On Christmas Eve day, I found a dozen coins in about an hour of swingin' including an 1873 Indian head which looks a lot rougher in the photo below than it actually is. It's not in as good of shape as the 1885 I found earlier this fall, but it's good for the oldest coin I have found up until now.  142 years under ground took it's toll.  The funny thing is that the year 1873 is the third most valuable penny ever minted (if it was in good shape).  It's funny that that is the year I found.  Unfortunately I'll never find a copper coin in good enough shape that comes out of the ground...unless it comes out of the ground in a box or chest.

1873 Indian.  The photo doesn't do it justice but the date is actually clear at the right angle. The rest of the coin is in pretty rough shape though...  
On Christmas Day I got to hunt Kristin's parent's place down in Pembroke, MA.  The house was built around 1750 and it makes my house look new... Very cool old place with a huge barn and a decent spread of property with some old stone walls and some varying terrain.  I found this pretty sweet old brass medal (maybe at one time it was on a ribbon) from Pembroke High School circa 1912.

 It was in perfect shape and in the middle of the front yard. The funny thing about it is that this is from the original Pembroke HS as there was no such thing anytime in recent memory...The current Pembroke High School was founded in 2004. Before that, (including the years my wife went to high school there) it was Silver Lake Regional High School. So this is definitely a cool find. I left it there with her parents so they could do some research and either keep it or give it to the historical society. The house has been in the family since the teens so this 'could' have been someone's who lived there in the family but we aren't sure. Other than that, I found a handful of clad coins, an old pocket knife, a bunch of cool old oil lamp parts, and a bunch of scrap metal. There's definitely some old stuff to be had there and I look forward to going back and spending more time there next time (next year sometime). I only did the grass area near the house so there's more swingin' to be done.

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