Even though I've completed a decent number of Marathons, Ultras, and a variety of runs from 400m on up, I'm always learning.
The lesson this week was to make sure you get into some warmer and dryer clothes if you can after a long run, ingest some good carbs and some protein soon after the workout, and take your vitamins. End result by not doing this: A monster chest cold that knocks you out for a week and gives you a big zero for your running mileage.
Today, I went out for the first time in over a week and was able to do 5.34 miles within a respectable 53:45 (10:03/mile pace) in windy and rainy conditions. Going to be so happy when I go & buy my new gym equipment and get a treadmill that ISN'T broken from previous high-mileage runs I inflicted upon it!
So I missed the Bridle Trails 50k Twilight Run this year. Although it'll be there next year, I mostly run for the fun of hanging out with running folks that share the same passions of putting one foot after the other over long periods of time.
Now that I'm ALMOST better, I've got 13 weeks before my first 50 miler for the year, Mt Si. But I'm not too worried. I've got a few things up my sleeve to make that ultra my bitch!