My running mileage has been very low this past week or so. Only 54 miles of running in the past 7 days. That's not to say that I haven't been training much. I did take last Wednesday off because I had to work early and then I just didn't have much ambition in the evening. Other than that though my mileage is only down because I have been doing a lot of cross training. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, weight lifting, and a little bit of biking. On top of this much of the running that I have done has been in snow with a good amount of climbing, and most of the hiking and snowshoeing has been only because I was trudging through too much snow to run.
Tonight though I was starting to feel like I just hadn't really turned my legs over enough in the past several days so I went to the gym to get in a little tempo work on the treadmill (and lift some weights). I ran fast for the first time this month and it felt really good.
I'm not sure how much all this cross training will help for the HURT 100 which is now less than 3 weeks away, but ultimately I'm training more for the Iditarod Invitational right now and certainly all this trudging through deep snow on ski, foot, and snowshoe will help immensely in my preparation for that race.