Last week I ramped up big time with a bunch of mid-day runs in July heat. My long run this week was an 8-miler at the super hilly Morton Arboretum. It was a great setting. Tranquil. Serene. Beautiful. I love the Morton and the nearby Danada Woods for training. This was my first go at the Arboretum. Despite the hills, I loved it. The alternating shade of the trees with sweaty sun baked prairie was perfect for some 96 degree heat training. I took it slow and to be honest blew off 2 miles from my original 10 mile goal, but I think I did what I needed to.

Tomorrow begins pre-work morning strength training and short runs. Last year I made the big mistake of doing my mid-week runs on the treadmill and not doing much more than 3 or 4 miles. This week I start with 4 and ramp up to 7 during the week with a Saturday long run on 12 miles. Anyone up for a 7am trip to the Arboretum?