Saturday I was able to get in a hard hill repeat run during lunch. I only ran for 20 minutes, but it was up and down a steep gravel road. It felt pretty good to hurt my legs climbing like that. I have to work with the time I have available and since the Voyageur 50 will be lots of hill climbing, I can never get too much of the hill repeats. Remember that running downhill is just as important as running up.
Sunday I took a little trip into the pain cave. This is the time to get in the hill work. The Benete Hill route is still hard for me to complete, but I went at it in the dark and rain after work. Some of the hills are very steep and the rain made them interesting. It was a little bit like skiing. My skating background helped to keep me from falling. It seems to be getting a little easier to get to the top of the steepest ones. I know I still have a long ways to go before I will be able to get them all done in 1 run and not blow my heart rate through the top zone.
Tuesday morning I ran 7 miles at sunrise before work. For some reason I had a high heart rate and a slow pace. Must be the cold I felt coming on. I have to try to fix that before my next run. During the run I made an effort to run an easy pace. I stopped to talk with a few friends who were getting ready to start work. There was an assortment of animals out on the trail and road. I saw a snake, a lizard and many monkeys. Some were watching me run past. Others were getting about their own business of staying alive.