With the sun beating down at 93 degrees at a little before 5pm today, I headed out on the Sweetwater Preserve trails - without a map this time. That darn trail system is a bunch of little loops (I've accidentally repeated a loop, even with a map), but I just stayed to the right and basically ran the circumference of the area for a total of 7.5 miles. I haven't done a trail run in a while and it really fixed me up mentally and spiritually. I had a hard time at first with the heat, but my body finally got with the program.
The cactus are blooming and the desert is really pretty right now! Sweetwater Preserve is loaded with saguaro cactus and the trails are pretty decent - just a little rocky and a little hilly. I just love saguaros. They are so beautiful.
I didn't do anything real amazing last weekend - just out to Tumamoc hill again for 8 miles of hill repeats and hauled a ton of large rip-rap rocks in my backyard to create a rock garden (dang, I was sore on Monday!). I ran about 30 miles for the week - was hoping for 40, but just couldn't fit it all in.
This coming weekend, I head down near Sierra Vista to join David R. for a trail run in the Huachuca mountains. Yay! I've never been to those mountains before, so it will be a treat. Not sure what we'll do; David initially suggested a 10 mile loop; when I asked if we could do a longer one, he said we could do up to 20 miles - just let him know (I knew he would be game for a longer one - he is doing the Jemez 50k in May). So, I'm not quite sure of the distance yet - we may do an out and back so we can choose how long we run depending on how we feel.
Off to watch Lost and do a weight workout. I just ate a frozen yoghurt to cool down from my run. Now if only I didn't have to work today, it would have been a really good day! :)