9 Days til the Cremator

temperature at the start of the run

I finally got in a run on a very hot evening and it felt wonderful! Hot weather makes me happy! I love, love, love to run in super hot weather! Yay for heat!

I’m trying to psyche myself out by saying over and over how much I love to run in the heat. It’s not working yet but hopefully, come July 23rd the conversion will have happened and I will enjoy a wonderful and mesmerizing 50 mile race in Hilton Head called the CrematorUltra 50. Yeah, heat is good! Yeah.

temperature at the end of the run

Ok.  I ran 7.5 miles this evening after work.  When I started the run the weather channel said that the temperature in Savannah was 94 degrees but it felt like 110 degrees F.  When I finished the run the weather channel said the temperature in Savannah was 90 degrees but felt like it was 105 degrees F.  I will attest…it was pretty hot.  As soon as I got to the house I reached for a 32 ounce bottle of Grape powerade zero and literally walked into the shower, clothes and all.  I let the cold water hit my chest as I guzzled down that powerade bottle.  The clothes and shoes I had on after the run was already soaked with sweat so, I didn’t see anything wrong with walking into the shower with it all on.  I have a bathroom with a walk-in shower just off the kitchen that works great when you walk in to the house all sweaty and nasty.  I’ll just go straight for the shower.  Good stuff.

a cool car I ran by. That plant on the right front is rosemary. That's good stuff for chicken

I’m off for the next couple of days.  Tomorrow, around 12, I’m going for a 12 mile run.  I want to soak in as much heat as I can this weekend for preparation for the following weekend’s race.  Running 50 miles in one day is tough anyway you look at it but running 50 miles in the heat becomes a nastier monster.  And what is it that Michael Corleone said?…”Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer”.  Yep, that’s what I’m going to do – I’m going to keep the sun and the heat close to me.  That’s a terrible analogy!  Maybe, I’ll just stick with Johnny Cash and that one song of his:

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time, run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Ok, I don’t think I like that song as a reference to my upcoming race, the CrematorUltra 50.  I certainly do not want God to cut me down!

In all seriousness, the CrematorUltra is going to be a super tough race.  I ran a 100 mile ultra back in 2008 with temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 degrees in the 24 hours & 5 minutes that it took me to complete it.  Those temperatures were a blessing for that race.   With the Cremator, the temperatures will not be a blessing at all unless, it gets cold enough to snow.  I strongly doubt that will happen, though.  It will be a rough race.

I ran past Carey Hilliard's, a Savannah local chain. I don't know if that's something to brag about.

Wildlife Inventory:

  • 1 squirrel
  • 9 mocking birds
  • 10 doves
  • 5 dogs
  • 2 red cardinals
  • 4 sparrows

This coming Sunday will be my last hard run.  After Sunday, I will taper.  I will stick to slow and short runs and will focus a lot on stretching and resting.

I still haven’t found anyone to crew me.  If I do not find anyone that’s willing to crew me I will not be running the Cremator.  Yep, thems the rules…no crew chief, no running.  Please pray that someone will volunteer to crew me.  Pray that Mila Kunis will find it in her heart to crew me.  She should do this for her country, don’t you think?  I do.

Today’s run was a little tough, I’ll admit but, it was also fun.  I ran around my neighborhood and Thunderbolt.  I truly love running in Thunderbolt.  It’s such a pleasant little town.  Thunderbolt’s city hall overlooks the Wilmington River and is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand.  There’s a Tubby’s a couple of blocks from City Hall.  Shrimp boats dock on River drive just down the street from City Hall.  Thunderbolt has it’s own water tower that fits perfectly in the palm of my other hand.  Ok, Thunderbolt is truly a great little town.  I love it.  You should come check it out.  We can run together through Thunderbolt, pass up City Hall, grab a beer at Tubby’s and buy a pound of shrimp -all on the same street!

this restaurant looked interesting. They serve sea bass! One of my favorite fish in the whole world. I'm going to check out this restaurant after the race. It's located on River Drive just a hop, skip and a jump from city hall.

Tomorrow, I’m going to post information on the Cremator.  I’ll post stuff like maps, and mileage charts and possible paces and all that kind of fun stuff.  So, come back tomorrow for loads of fun information!

Many thanks for stopping by.

All the very best to you and yours.

peace,

dh

07/13/2011

Tuesday

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