A Hot Muggy Run in Thunderbolt Without Water

the downpour we had today left big puddles all over the place. this one is in mid-town.

I did a 6 miler today after a torrential 20 minute downpour.  It was still pretty cloudy & somewhat windy when I started the run.  So, I figured this would be a pleasant run.  Wrong!  Not ten minutes into the run the clouds cleared some, the sun glared angrily down at me and the wind stopped.  I guess I picked the wrong day to run without water.

At mile three, I was very thirsty.  At mile 4, I was ready to jump from the Thunderbolt bridge into the Wilmington River and start drinking it’s brackish muddy water.  At mile 5, I wished I had one of those suits the fremen used on Arakis (in dune) that recycled body fluid for drinking.  After mile 6, I had my head under the water faucet in the kitchen letting the water pour into my mouth full blast.

I also ran without a bandana wrapped around my head.  I seldom run without some kind of head covering.  I think it’s bad luck to do so.  It was kind of freeing in a way, though – to have the wind blow through my hair… 😉 HA!  Fyi, wind doesn’t bl-o-w through my air.  What little hair I have doesn’t blow in the wind hardly.  I doubt a tornado could part my hair, let alone move it much.  It was kind of cool to run without a head covering.  I seemed to have evened out the tan line that runs across my forehead  a little.  That’s a good thing.

Today’s run was in my hood.  I ran the Thunderbolt bridge.  I tell you, after running the Talmadge bridge yesterday, the Thunderbolt bridge was easy.

this puddle was at 50th and bull street.

I saw a lot of wild life today during the run.   I guess critters had to forage for food after this 20 minute typhoon washed everything away.

wildlife inventory:

  • 1 red cardinal: male
  • 3 dogs
  • 4 cats
  • 1 moth
  • 1 great egret
  • 1 tern
  • 6 seagulls
  • 10 butterflies: orange-winged, yellow-winged
  • 3 dragon flies
  • 15 sparrows
  • 3 crows
  • 9 vultures
  • 3 grackles
  • 1 cormorant
  • 7 doves
  • 4 squirrels
  • 3 mocking birds

there's the thunderbolt bridge

I’m doing my long run tomorrow.  I don’t feel like doing it but I gotta get it done.  The RnR is getting too close and I must get in a few 20+ runs in before November.  The race is November 5th.

So, what do you think about Patrick Makau’s record breaking marathon in Berlin – 2:03:38?  Is that not incredible?!  I was stunned when I read about it this morning.  I mean, the record was 2:03:59.  Makau broke it by 21 seconds!  That’s killing it!  That is a 4:44 minute mile!  Amazing!

Perhaps, I’ll break that record during the RnR Savannah.  You never know!  Stranger things have been known to happen.

on my front steps after the 6 mile run today

Thanks so much for stopping by.

All the best to you and yours.

peace,

dh

09/25/2011

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