It's that time of year again, when folks following me could almost paddle a canoe in the river of sweat that streams from my body. Once the nightly low temperature fails to fall below 700 and the humidity hovers near 90%, I shed sweat by the gallon. That's how it was today, and that means summer's back.
It's the time of year when heat cramps are the norm after long runs and walk breaks are incorporated into most all runs. It's when the pace slows and it's still a struggle to keep going and get in the miles. It's the season when I drink almost nothing but water and Gatorade, all day long, gallons of the stuff, and still sweat more than I consume.
It's summer, and it's tough running. But still we keep going.
" 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope." ~ Romans 5:3-4
But they say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and I'm not dead yet. And one thing I know, every year when I've continued to run through the heat and humidity of the summer, I'm surprised how far and how fast and how easily I can run when the temps drop in the fall.
So the suffering we endure this summer, in this wretched weather from now until August, will yield results if we keep going, if we persevere. We'll be stronger and faster, and better able to keep going, not just on the road, but in every aspect of life.
So stay safe but run strong my friends, and know that the hot and humid misery we suffer through in these months is temporary and will yield to the sweet, cool, crisp air of fall. Perseverance, character and hope, that's what you're building as you suffer through the summer.
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