The weather has moderated into a groove of sunny, cool, pleasant, breezy repetitiveness. I wasn't sure how I would feel when hitting the trail today because, even though I've backed off on the mileage, I had been feeling less than sharp.
That changed soon after I began to run, things were clicking and the pace felt easy while running faster than usual. I, also, was in the groove. I purposely needed to stop and hike some sections to keep from "racing" the loop. So I guess this was additional reinforcement that training has gone well and I'll be stoked for the race on the 23rd!
10 miles at mid-day and my evening hike yet to come.