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Feel Great...it's just Hot!

Ugh - in the Baltimore/DC region we've had a multitude of days in the 90s - two days that almost hit the 100s, and it will keep on coming.  I barely handle heat well as it is, so this is absolutely killing me.  I have been running, though - inside.  I ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all totalling about 9 miles, and was able to get up and run 2.3 miles this morning.  I think I'll make my dual goal (running a minimum of 100k this month, and hitting 200k run this year).  It is kind of terrifying to me that half of the distance I've run this year has been this month, but I think it is overall good - the body is holding up, I'm feeling energized after the runs, and I feel like I want to run more (all of which is good).  I think I'll be able to hit 700k by the end of the year (which is about 435 miles).  Sucky compared to last year - it will be literally my worst year of running since 2011, but I recognize I didn't run (at all) from January - April/May really except for spurts of a mile here and a mile there.

There are some runs coming up, like the Race to Remember (Sept 11th), the Downtown Thanksgiving Run, and the Autism Run which I may want to try (again).  I've run all of them before and finished them.  I'm a little nervous about running outside again, and if I'll hold up.  I am slower than I was (I'm only running about 7 mph right now).  My hope is to use August as an endurance month - by the end of it to be back to running about 7.4/7.5 mph on the treadmill, which will mean a solid 7.1 mph outside.  I think I can do it.

The other concern is how to navigate my running time in the fall as my schedule tightens.  What it seems it will mean is a double run at least one day of the week, with morning runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Either that or a long run on Saturdays.  Yikes.  Like a 4.5 to 5 miler on Saturdays.

Starting to get some of these projects out of the door, speaking of my collegiate level writing.  So I now have 4 things on the burner, all to be complete by August 31st.  Cannot wait.

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