The Pinellas Trail pedestrian overpass of US 19. The clouds looked like they were painted on the sky today. It was brutally hot, even at 7:30 a.m. It got even hotter as the morning stretched on. I am convinced it makes no difference whatsoever what time I go out, it will invariably be so hot it is almost unbearable. Almost.

Today was the 18 miler after the 20 miler. It took me about the same amount of time to complete both runs. On both runs I was smart about fueling and hydration, overcautious even, considering what happened in slightly cooler weather last week in Vermont. On both runs, I struggled with feeling extremely fatigued. Surprisingly though, my body felt fine. My legs felt strong. It was just an overwhelming feeling of hotness. So hot that all I could think about was jumping into an ice-cold bath, of which there were none around. I am going to pat myself on the back a little here, because I kept running whenever I could.

My Garmin died at mile 13 because I forgot to charge it last night, but the pace for those 13 miles was 13:05. I started up the workout app on my Apple Watch to finish the last 5 miles, and the pace for those miles was 15:15, so overall I’m estimating about 13:45 – 14:15 pace. Brutal.

This week, I ran the most miles I’ve ever run in a week, 80.5. I am looking forward to a day off tomorrow.

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