It’s hot. It’s dry. It’s dusty. There is a heatwave and we haven’t had any rain since early January.
It was a warm day. Husband and I waited until just after 7pm to go for what was supposed to be a slow 5km run. We were still stiff and sore from bootcamping during the week, but we needed a nice hit out to loosen up. All was going well until, just rounding the corner back to the farm road we spied the cattle truck. Pauly was taking delivery of some new heifers. Mmmm do we go slow and allow the truck to go in front? Or do we speed up? It’s too hot, let’s slow down, I thought. Nope, if we slow down we’ll have to eat truck dust. If you haven’t run behind a big vehicle on a dry dusty road, please don’t, it’s not nice! The dust gets in your eyes, up your nose, in your mouth and throat… and as for hair and clothing? EVERYTHING gets gritty and dusty. Blah! So we sped up. 700m from the top of the driveway to the dairy at 4:25 min/per kms pace… Not bad for a slow girl like me!
Yesterday morning, in an attempt to beat the heat I invited myself on Louise’s Friday morning run. A 10km run was the plan. When I left the farm at 5:45am it was a blissful morning of 13°C and stayed around that temperature during our run. We ran and chatted our way down the hill, around the river, out towards Exton and then back again. We ended up running 11.3kms – it would seem neither of us is very good at mental maths when running. We both agreed that running with a friend makes the time fly. Thanks Louise 🙂
Today is parkrun day. Pauly was up at 4:30am in order to shift irrigators and be home in time to zoom to parkrun. As always he races the clock to within a millimetre of my sanity. But! We made it on time (how he does this I do not know!). 21.5°C it said on the car thermometer when we parked the car. I really do love parkrun. I was zooming off to get to the starting area and Pauly asked me why I was going so fast… he said we had plenty of time (about five minutes). I want to say hello to my friends, I said. parkrun is all about meeting people. It wasn’t when I first started. It was about running and getting more comfortable running with others. Now it’s about friendship, encouraging each other, running together, sharing goals and meeting them together. Janette decided to have a run with me again today. I was going to have a try to run within the 26 minute range, but when I felt the heat I decided against it – Janette was ok with this. We ran together, I didn’t feel so good (I really don’t like running in the heat), but Janette chatting with me made all the difference. What a wonderful bunch of people I’ve met through parkrun, I feel so humbled to be part of this group.
And talk about sweat!
There was a record crowd at Launceston parkrun today, 191! But it seriously looked like sweat-city. I’m not sure of the temperature when we finished but according to the online weather it would have been around 28ºC. That is just too hot to run in! No one had dry clothes, everyone had that sheeny, slippery, sweaty, red-faced look about them. It was great… well great when we were done! Is autumn here yet??? Did I mention running in the 26s? We just snuck in the 28s at 28:04.
I’m remodelling our garden. Getting rid of some older plants and basically putting a bit more of a me stamp on it. The roses and I did battle for just under an hour. I won most of the battles but judging from the scratches the roses won a few too. And there was more sweat! I was soooooooooooooo hot!!!
I had to abandon the garden so of course I came inside to let off steam.
Everyone needs a fan from time to time.
Finally I got so hot I downed all tools and picked up my wine bottle and glass and headed to the front porch. (Red Hen, no carrot or stick needed for this glass of wine, the heat said it was allowed). I don’t know why I went outside, it’s hotter outside than in! But sitting with a glass of wine on a stinking hot day was sooooooooooooo lovely! I said cheers to my dear running-blogging friend Hysterical Runner who is celebrating her one year bloggerversary and soaked up the glorious warmth. The heat is wonderful as long as no running or gardening is required.
Happy running 🙂
PS to all my dear northern hemisphere running bloggers I hope this post has warmed you all up a bit!