Exciting news: my leg feels so much better today! (and by feels, I mean felt, considering that it's technically tomorrow now...) I had decided that I would feel it out and then decide whether or not to run today.. although I was definitely leaning toward running today. (Maybe I'm just terrible at making healthy choices for my body. I'm not sure about the problem.) Anyways, I was pretty excited that my leg felt better so I didn't have to think about what decision to make.
I waited until close to 4:00 to run, because I didn't really want to melt in the Florida sun. (which is back in full force! I'm glad Debby left yesterday!!) It was still pretty warm and sunny out and I think that I intensified my funny looking runner's tan lines. I was just appreciative that it wasn't raining today! I ran at a pretty decent pace.
I had six miles planned out for today, so I was a little concerned about the heat. Six is a pretty long distance to run when it's hot out. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was. I had a hunch that I would be exhausted halfway through, but I really wasn't. I mean, yeah, I got tired throughout, but I wasn't super exhausted like I anticipated. I just wish it would have been a little cooler out. It was frustrating with all of the sweaty-drippy-ness down my face.. even dripping off of my hands. Gross.
I ended up with close to six and a half miles, which I'm pleased with. I probably could have kept going, but I'm definitely not trying to overdo it. I'm taking this training really seriously, partly because I've never done it before. I also really want to do this right. Chicago is a huge deal for me. This is one of the most important races that I've ever pushed myself toward getting prepared for.
Goal: 1000 miles/366 days
So far: 280.4 miles/179 days
To go: 719.6 miles/187 days