I am due for a ten mile run. Yesterday morning knowing it would be hot, I put on my runners’/hikers’ hydration backpack. It is like a Camelbak, but is made by Coleman. It is designed to strap securely in place so it doesn’t bounce up and down during a run, but it adds some weight and a sloshing sound. I also wore a running cap, sunscreen, and my good lightweight sports sunglasses. I used the water not just for drinking, but to wet my legs and torso. That really helped. But in truth I got started on my run too late in the morning. It was getting too hot too quick. Around mile 4, I decided it would not be good to go the whole ten miles, so I cut the run in half, and finished with five miles.
Then later in the day, at dusk, I did some kayaking, which I’m calling cross training. Even that was hot. There was practically no breeze, even on the water as the sun was setting. I’m so ready for a break from this heat. And I still need to get that 10-miler in sometime this week. Sigh.
I did see this person flying a kite as I was running. It lifted my spirits as I went by.
And then I had to lament about the extreme drought we are experiencing. A few weeks ago this was a beautiful, tall, green corn field. Now it is brown and burned up from the heat and drought.
I’m looking forward to that next good rain.