Thanks for the comments regarding the blog header: After fiddling some more, I managed to change the background color but couldn't do what I wanted to do -- make the pic fit entirely across the header. For now, I am satisfied with the color the way it is, but who knows if later I won't continue to mess with it to try and achieve perfection.
Anyway, aside from spending most of the evening playing with the new blog template (can we say "Jess was procrastinating from grading essays"?), I did get a run in.
As I mentioned earlier, it was like the surface of the sun out there today, and even by 8 pm, the temp was still at 90 degrees. Lovely. So, when I set out, I decided that, really, I just need to slow down. Like, really slow down. Sure, I've been pulling in the reins some on the pace, but I still feel exhausted after a few miles; thus, I finish feeling completely drained and I dread going back out for my next run in such hellish heat (couple that with a lack of motivation and I think I have my reason for such dismal mileage lately). So, as I said, I decided I really, really had to slow down:
Total Time: 40:11
And seriously, why not? The heat alone has got to be pushing my HR to its limit, and trying to maintain a pace that's not ideal for these conditions is foolish. So, tonight I did slow down, and you know what? I felt great! I finished the 4 miles and felt like I could do another 4! I haven't felt like that since...March? Wow. What a revelation. I guess I allowed my ego to get in the way of letting the environment help dictate the training, so lesson learned -- it's only taken me a few years to figure it out.