After sleeping hard last night, we didn't exactly blaze out to an early start this morning. Shooting for a 7am start, I finally started a little after 7:30, at which point it was already feeling mighty warm. Today's course was in Middletown, RI and consisted of 3 loops. They were all the same, except that the first loop had a short out and back addition that took you out right by the beach and the seashore, which was incredible. The smell of the saltwater and the cool ocean breeze felt awesome. After that little out and back though, I was just thankful for any shady spots I ran through. The temperature climbed quickly and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The course was definitely beautiful, but was wishing I'd started a couple hours earlier by the end. A news crew and newspaper followed me for basically the whole last loop, and then I finished up with a couple laps around the high school track where I started. The news folks were really friendly and supportive, and then we were back to the hotel for the usual routine followed by a great lunch at a deli. We set out to take the scenic route from RI to Connecticut, as it was such a short drive, but managed to get a little lost, went up to the interstate, and still made it here nice and early. We'll relax this evening and stay cool to recover from the heat today. We'll be starting at 6am tomorrow and loving it. Happy trails!