Just last week, I was attacked by the worst gnats ever. So bad that I couldn’t get out of them and ended up with my eyes, nose, and mouth full of the irritating pests. They covered my clothes and the rest of my body too. Of course, the super sticky humidity and no breeze made perfect conditions for them, all before daylight on a late June early morning. And even that run had a good side! It was my fastest five mile run since before
the “Run across NC.” There is no doubt that I love this sport!
As I write this, we just finished the Shiloh Missions 5K on June 30. Speaking of warm and humid mornings, this was another one, part of a long series. Summer is here for sure, the time when I get lots of questions about how to survive the heat and humidity.
Just keep plugging, hydrate and consider easing off on the pace or distance on the worst days. But be sure that this weather will pass and when you get those dry and cool mornings later, you’ll appreciate them more than ever.
July isn’t our busiest month but we still have some good activities. Steve Clark’s Greenway 5K is the next race up on Saturday, July 14th. At least one person said the race ought to be called the “Most Food 5K” because Steve always does a great job of rounding up a huge amount of refreshments. Come and run the first Greenway 5K on the newly certified course.
On July 27th, the Second Annual 2 Day 5K starts off on Friday night at 11:59 p.m. in China Grove. Of course, as the name signifies, the race takes two days as it finishes on Saturday morning. It is a fun event that benefits both Carson and South Rowan High Schools and includes a competition between those schools to see who can get the most participants.
The next event for the club is the Dragonboat Festival on July 28th. Yes, it starts early on the same morning that the 2 Day 5K ends, so that will be a long day for those who participate or work both. Brooke Taylor is the Dragonboat Captain this year and has big plans for practice and faster paddling.
We have no races scheduled for August, but we will kick off September with the United Way Sunrise 5K on September 1st. Formerly the Sunset 5K, the race is moving to the morning and a 7 a.m. start.
Speaking of Brooke, the SRR treasurer, she has headed up a new tradition by filming race directors for use on social media to boost the next race coming up. It had gone pretty well until she filmed Steve Clark last week. Read her newsletter account of what happened.
“To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true.” Aaron Crowe. Thankfully, this will be the last in a series.
My head is spinning and I need to go for a run!
See you on the roads,