Since my last update, I have struggled–struggled–through a couple of heat waves and felt a lot of discouragement. I’ve been running long enough to know, intellectually, that I am a slow runner during the hotter months. (All of my short distance race PRs were set in December and January.) But it never makes it easier when my summer runs feel like summer crawls, particularly now that my goal race training started earlier than usual. When all is said and done, 95% of my training for the Palo Duro Trail Run will have taken place in high temperatures and high humidity.
I will trudge along and hope that my body is responding in ways that aren’t evident right now, but will be on race day.