PM- left work and drove straight to the Palmetto trail for a nice solo trail run up Hogback Mtn, with the nice hill of 2000 ft in 4 miles. It was mid-40's and windy the whole time, with rain the first hour, so a bit cool. Felt ok, a bit slow up the climb. I love the top ridge running (I thought it was super technical when I first arrived in SC, now it seems easy). I literally didn't see a single person the entire run, just some very nice views. With 2 miles to go, I stopped at the bottom of the big climb and ran back up .7 mile and 550 ft, just for kicks and giggles. Finished with 21 miles and 4600 ft climb in under 3:40. Next week I aim for 4 hrs. Knee felt pretty good, but quads are sore (which I wanted). I'll see how sore I am tomorrow to decide if I run or not. HR was lower today, 153 avg. Last mile was sub-7:30 despite pretty tired legs. I've still got a long ways to go to be ready for an ultra.
I did have a first-ever running experience when I stopped for a bathroom break halfway through and found I forgot my toilet paper. The leaves worked great.