It’s been a week into Ultra training! We had the first long run at Kanakapura road on a hilly terrain. It turned out to be a surprisingly good one for me. It drizzled a bit at the start, and by the time the sun peeped out we were almost finishing up. I only wanted to put off walking up the inclines as long as I could. But I never walked up any hill that day, completed 15km in 1:49 which is not longer than what I’d take on a flat stretch. That peaceful run was a welcome break after a week filled with a mean cold+fever combo, internet conking off - inevitably leading to long work days, less sleep, and more. Maybe the hills aren’t that bad after all.