I've been training 5 days a week for the last couple of weeks. I'm averaging 26 to 30 running miles per week with a fair bit of commuter cycling in between. The weather has been on the hot side, but not unbearable. Today and yesterday were actually pretty chilly for July. I've been running solo which is very different to what I've been used to for the last several months. I find solo running fine for the shorter runs but the longer runs (like today's 12 miler) can be pretty boring. I ran with Vivian and Gwen on Sunday and that was great fun (Vivian is considering a full marathon this fall with David and Gwen seems content with the Half - Mary's for the time being). Chatting with a couple of buds absolutely makes the miles go by faster. I'll probably be running the Twin City marathon alone so these long quiet runs are good mental preparation. The picture above shows my gazebo; it's my place of solitude and rest. It's where I go to come down after a run (i.e. read "nap").
You know it... it's a good day... M