This week felt like a "just get it done" one as I battled being sick, hot temperatures, and a work deadline that left little time for running. Wednesday and Thursday I hit the roads and a dirt path for a couple of easy hilly 8 milers; considering the weather and my lingering fever and icky feeling, I was happy to get in decent runs. Saturday I finally broke away from grading (and watching football) to hit the trails for 10 miles; I knew that I had to get in some miles to up my weekly mileage. I took it easy and was happy with how I felt on the hills, though I still have a long way to go to being able to run up the steeper sections.
With the Santa Monica Mountains 50K only two weeks away, I felt that I needed to put in 18-20 miles today. It looks as though Alan will not be running the race so I procrastinated heading out for a solo run. I watched the NYC marathon and graded all morning and then found the energy to hit the trails. This was one of those days when I was very happy that I live a mile from the trailhead as not having to drive to run helped me get out the door. From the first step, I could tell that the run would not be a great one but knew that I could battle through it and just get it done. I took it very easy, walking the uphills (even little ones) and was glad I saved energy as it was a rough one; I discovered I did not have any salt pills so my body was craving salt from about mile 9 to the end. I underestimated my caloric needs and only took one shot block so I ended the run needing sugar and electrolytes. All in all, 18.35 miles with less than 3,000 feet of climb. It wasn't pretty but I got in the miles and I am hoping that the back-to-back trail runs will help the race not hurt toooo much!