I woke up really early at 3:45 a.m. because I couldn't sleep. The first thing I did was check the weather and it was literally 81F & 84% humidity for a "Feels Like" of 87F ... AT FRIGGIN' 3:45 a.m.!!! So I begrudgingly hopped in my car and drove my course route to leave water-bottles for later. It actually cooled off a little before I began running to 80F & 81% humidity, so that was nice. My clothes were saturated by the second mile.
I tried to start slow and keep my pace very manageable since I was losing fluids at a rapid rate. The couple of miles were over 9:00, but I started feeling pretty good, so I picked it up a little. I ended up running 18 of the miles at 7:35, and miles 17-20 at 7:17, before dialing it down for two final recovery miles. The end result was 22 miles in 2:54:06 for a 7:49 average overall pace. Really good run considering the conditions.
Michael snapped this picture of me post run and you can tell I still felt pretty good, although most of the fluids were missing out of my body. I know I post a lot of pics of "lil ol' me", but bear with me. While yes, I am pretty self-absorbed, ha ... I actually use them for reference later on. I can usually tell by my running form and my physical appearance if I'm in good shape or not, and compare it to times and photos later. I'm in pretty good shape right now. Have a great weekend!
... Be Great Today!