Running in the wind is not much fun. It is especially hard when said wind is blowing you sideways and filling your shoes with sand. I actually had to stop around mile 15 to dump the sand out of my shoes - that is a first for me and something I did not have to do when I ran in the 50K in the desert. Despite the wind, I was glad to get in some good hill training. I finished the run by running the last 5 miles of the LA marathon in reverse (up hill). It will be much easier to run those miles downhill on marathon day. Let the taper begin!