I’m happy to report that even with the increase in mileage, my leg is performing better now than it was a couple of weeks ago.  Planning to give it one more week, but it looks like we’re gonna be good to go for Vegas.  Here’s what Week 2 training looked like:

Monday – 5 miles easy
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – 5 miles hills
Thursday – 4 miles easy 
Friday – rest 
Saturday- 9 miles LSD
Sunday – 5 miles easy
Total Miles: 28
I missed the cloud cover this week but found some silver linings to the clouds that weren’t in the sky.  On Saturday’s long run, the sun, temperatures, and my heart rate climbed together.  I was at least able to appreciate that I was struggling more with my cardio than with leg pain, and I expect my heart will be fine for the November race (which, being a night run, actually gets progressively cooler).  
On Sunday, I was missing the One who rides upon the clouds (because there weren’t any) and wishing for shade, thinking of that verse from Song of Solomon:
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men.  I delight to sit in his shade…
Song of Solomon 2:3, NIV

Just at that moment, there was a stretch where my boyfriend was between me and the sun, blocking it for me!  I delighted to run in his shade!  
Looking forward to cooler temperatures but grateful for how God is blessing me in the meantime and feeling optimistic about moving forward!