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07/02 - 07/08

It was extremely hot all week, with most days climbing into the 100s. It made for some uncomfortable, and often tired, miles when combined with 6 - 7 hours working outdoors each day.

Monday (July 2): AM 7 miles, 16 x 200m in 38 - 39 secs with 120m jog between sets. PM 8 miles, :58, 6:59/mile.

Tuesday (July 3): AM 11.5 miles, 1hr:27, 7:35/mile.

Wednesday (July 4): PM 10 miles, 1hr: 11, 7:05/mile, 10 x double Lodi hill. Kept the hill repeats near 6:30/mile.

Thursday (July 5): AM 10 miles, 1hr:19, 7:55/mile

Friday (July 6): PM 6 miles, :42, 7:05/mile. HOT. 100F and 105F with the heat index. PM 10.5 miles, 10k in 37:35 (6:04/mile).

Saturday (July 7): AM 7 miles 1hr:10, 10:00/mile, trails in Pere Marquette, Grafton, IL. A bit of hiking on the ascents. I was hoping to run 15 or so miles but it was 100F at 9am when I reached the end of my first loop so I called it.

Sunday (July 8): AM 24 miles, 3hrs:30, 8:50/mile, double out-and-back on the Chubb Trail, West Tyson Park, MO. Weather improved! 73F at the start and 90F at the finish. Excellent terrain to prep for the Voyageur: steep, rocky climbs and descents and muddy, winding flats. PM 6 miles, :48, 8:00/mile. Easy miles near Lodi.

Weekly Totals: 100 miles, ~13 hours. The heat made for a good week of preping for the potentially warm temperatures later this month.

A view from the bluffs in Pere Marquette.

The sun rising and the fog lifting in the valley on the Chubb Trail.

On the Chubb Trail flats.

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