Today, I finally ran the sequel to last Wednesday's ugly run -- a long pace run in humid conditions. I'm proud to say that I toughed it out. I managed 8.3 miles at a 9:45 pace, which is just exactly the pace I want for the marathon. I certainly felt it in the last couple of miles. But when I was done, I felt absolutely terrific! Tomorrow, I'm supposed to run 16 miles, but at least I won't be running them as fast as I ran today.