And the heat goes on...

I remember hot summers here in Dallas, but this one is beginning to take it's toll. When I'm lucky, I'm out the door 2-3 days a week at 5am getting an early run in, hoping to beat the heat. Thest last several weeks, I'm greeted by a 82F (87F one morning) south wind at 5am. Before I can get my Garmin Forerunner 201 started, I'm zapped and soaked with sweat.

Tonight, two things reminded me of this heat:

  • First, 11 girls on my daughters soccer team. The thermometer in my car indicated 100F at the start of practice at 6pm only dropping 1 degree an hour later. I've never seen 9 year olds so zapped with energy unable to get excited by a simple 15 minute scrimmage of soccer.
  • Second, 1,348 miles away, Scott Jolly's blog, 6 deadly mistakes a runner can make..., wrote about a teen runner flirting with the heat in DC...and losing.

In the last 8 days, I've gotten in 5 runs and 40 miles as I embark on my 4th marathon this December at the Dallas White Rock Marathon. Maybe it's because I've been away from serious training since last Spring, but I haven't felt more run down in quite a while. If it wearn't for my supportive running group, Dallas RBuds, my morning alarm clock wakeup would be greeted with a snooze and pull of the covers.

For all those runners out there, keep hydrated, listen to your body and keep an eye to the north for that first autumn cool front of the season.

Comments:

Terry:

Congratulations on being a marathon runner!

Two of my kids have completed marathons. I really admire you guys who have that much endurance.

Mark

Posted by Mark Dixon on August 25, 2005 at 03:48 PM CDT #

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