AM - out the door at 4:40 am with a plan to get most of my long run in before sunrise. Wanted to run very easy so went without a watch or ipod and headed out Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island and back along the Pinellas Trail - thought this was going to be about 16 miles but on the map it looks to have been only about 14 miles. Very enjoyable and relaxing run. Peaceful going over the drawbridge with the lightly gusting winds from the tropical system in Gulf and the intracoastal waters lapping at the seawall...my footfalls squish, squishing along (humidity makes my feet / shoes get so soaked, they sound like wet sponges after about an hour of running in the summertime). Light rain for the last couple of miles. Good start to the day.
PM - following the morning's run, I made pancakes for the family and then we went to an outting at John Chesnut Park with a networking group Tracy works with. The rain held off for a while and we enjoyed a game of volleyball and kickball - with the usual picnic foods on hand. Packed everything up in time for the rains to come in. Caught a short nap, watched Spain defeat France in the Euros, and then headed out in the rain for a nice 6.5 mile run. The restorative power of the long easy aerobic run cannot be understated. I was pretty tired yesterday, but this morning's long run seemed to bring me back into balance, and so I moved along at a decent clip this afternoon. High mileage week for me too.