This weekend was very similar to last weekend. I attended a race that I didn't run in and I went on a short trail run in Tryon Creek State Park.
Saturday was the Autumn Leaves 10k/50k/50M. I arrived at Champoeg State Park a little after 8 am. After chatting with Olga at race central for a few minutes I headed over to my assignment at the 2nd aid station, out on the course. Since this is a loop course I enjoyed seeing the runners over and over again - twice on each loop. I hope they enjoyed seeing us just as much and I apologize to anyone I gave Gleukos to instead of water! (It was only one or two, but they should really put some coloring in that stuff!) It was great to see Eric again and all the other maniacs. And I finally got to officially meet Tom R. after probably crossing paths without knowing it a few times. One funny moment was when we realized that the 10k runners (who didn't start until 10 am) might want us to actually hold out the water cups for them. Made me realize what a different scene ultrarunning is. We took bets on whether any of the 10k runners would stop and graze at our banquet. I think one actually did! Maybe we have an ultrarunning convert there.
This morning, Janet, Sharon and I took another turn around Tryon Creek State Park. We got lost again, but found a few familiar trails and had a great time. It was a short run, but with all the hills, and my reduced fitness, I felt like I got in a decent workout. The good news was that this is the first run where I didn't feel anything in my ITB, both during or after the run. The past two weeks I've put in about 10 miles a week. I plan to keep it there for the next few weeks and then hopefully be able to start ramping up the mileage again. My next race will be the Hagg Lake Trail Run on February 24th. I hope to have the mileage under my belt to complete the 50K. If not, I'll do the 25K.