Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Heat is On!

That's what it felt like today anyway!

Yesterday was the Cabot Country Cruisers' annual race here in town, the Spring Fling 5K. We didn't run it, instead serving as "chip clippers" at the finish line. Janice, Courtney, her cousin, and I were the ones sitting on buckets at the finish line cutting the timing chips off everyone's shoes. It was really a pretty neat experience, getting to congratulate and talk to all the runners as they finished. It was my first time ever to see the winners come across the finish line, because I wasn't running.

Since I wasn't running it, I ran the 3 miles from home to the starting line to get there. Another Cruiser friend, Brenda, had told me she was running 10-12 after the race and invited me to join. I figured the 3 to get there, that 10-12, and 3 to get home would make 16-18 for my long run Saturday this week.

But the heat was a killer! We did 10 after the race, but it was anything but easy. Temps were somewhere in the 70s I would imagine, with the scorching sun bearing down on us every second we weren't protected from a shady spot. The time of day minimized the shade, so were were being beat down by the sun quite a lot!

For most of the second five miles, I was trailing the others anywhere from 10-50 yards behind. Drenched in sweat, carrying my water pack, it felt like one of those really tough, long runs last summer leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon. God graced us with a stiff breeze to cool us a little, but I'm a long way from being acclimated to running in 70+ degree temps.

By the time we finished that 10 miles, I decided to walk the remaining 3 miles home. That was probably a good idea. My left leg began to cramp a little more than a mile from home, but I really felt pretty good when I arrived. The wind had gone a long way to drying the sweat and I was feeling pretty much cooled down by the time I walked in the door.

Though I'm not looking forward to the summer heat, it's coming. In a few short weeks, even my pre-dawn runs will be in temps like that. Yesterday was a step to getting ready for those long, hot runs.

And like always, God carried me through it. Even when the going was tough, I knew He was there and wouldn't let me fall. Thank you Jesus for being there to carry me when the going gets tough!

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