Got three runs in this week. Monday, I had big plans. I always have big plans. But my big plans got shortened (surprise, surprise!), this time by chores – making breakfast, lunches, grocery shopping, laundry, etc., etc. While I had hoped for at least fifteen miles, I got in a good 10 miles along Arroyo Trabuco Trail – a nice long, out-and-back. I was sluggish, and felt very weak during most of it. And what began with a slight sore throat, ended up with with an even more sore throat, plus a dash of watery eyes, a cough and congestion. Woe is me. Still, the scenery was beautiful. It always is.
My cold worsened over the next few days. With work, catching pollywogs with my youngest son, and everything else continuing on, I had little rest. I yearned though to get out there – with so little time on my feet, I am really struggling to keep any fitness at all.
Friday, I hit the trails in Wood Canyon regardless of the runny nose and sneezing. I figured I’d run through the canyon and see how I felt. If I felt crappy, I’d turn around for a 6 mile total out-and-back. Turns out, I felt pretty good at the end of the canyon. So, I turned into Aliso Canyon and headed on up Meadows Trail. Big mistake (well, actually it wasn’t that bad, because I lived and all). The view of Saddleback Mountains was extraordinary though, so I thought for the moment, that it was all worthwhile. (Still, I had about 6 miles today in big heat!)
I ran with little enthusiasm toward Alta Laguna Park, which is the entrance back into Aliso/Wilderness. The heat was relentless, as it seemed to yank the energy right from my body. At the park, I drenched my face and hair with cool water from the park bathroom’s sink. Then, with little shade during those last three miles, I needed to stop and stoop down beneath shrubs to cool down. 10.48 miles run (10.94 km), 1,225’ gained.
Saturday, I taught a class that ran from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM. Home at after 4 PM, I was in no shape for a running. I went straight to the couch and slept. Sunday, still a bit under the weather, I slept in. After two cups of coffee, some breakfast, and cough and cold medicine, I was ready for a small jaunt along the trails. About 2PM, I headed back out to Aliso/Wood Canyons for an out-and-back into Wood Canyon, up Cholla Trail, and West Ridge to Top of the World. I felt much better and strong on this run. Hallelujah! 6.8 miles (10.94 km), with a 961’ gain.
I ran 27.29 miles (43.92 km) this week, all of those on trails. I’m glad for that. And I won’t cry over the fact that I did not realize my plans. I have another set of big plans for next week.