Heat wave averted!
After a great rest last night, we woke this morning, got ready to roll, and walked out of the hotel into a wonderfully frigid temperature! The run went incredibly well today, and I even scared my fastest time on the 50 so far today by just a few minutes. I might have started out a bit feisty with my pace, as it was so cool and I had to get my Mississippi blood warmed up a bit, but I backed off a bit after 15 miles or so, after remembering I had another few marathons to run yet. The course was really fantastic, and I remembered my friend Paul had his PR on this course, so thought about him and smiled as I was cruising along. Kirsten and Eric ran with me a bit today and traded off, and then I ran a good bit alone too. The temperature never got up too high (not sure what it actually was), and the whole run was just great. I'm starting to get used to this nice routine of less travel where I get to have a nice massage and an ice bath after running, get cleaned up, and eat a great lunch. We got to do that again today, and then were off to Minneapolis, where we have now arrived. We're staying with cousins Mark and Betty here in town, and it's been wonderfully relaxing to be in an actual home and eat a delicious homecooked meal, and play with their little dog Mr. Whitney. Tomorrow's course should be gorgeous, as it circles many lakes, and we've altered the actual marathon course to make it a little more traffic friendly without road closures. Thank you all for your continued encouragement and prayers!