Jul 30, 2012

Distance today = 51.14 km; Total distance = 9964.07 km; Location = Farmington – 37 47.273′ N, 90 25.243′ W; Start time = 0856 Finish time = 1705


It was a beautiful run today, through thick Missouri forests on quiet back roads. It was a pity it was 37C and extremely humid. This detracted from my enjoyment of the day.

Carmel and Hannah had to stay with me for much of the day to ensure I was adequately hydrated. I had not realised it could get so humid in the centre of the country, but the forests lining the Mississippi River seem to trap the moisture. I was completely soaked in sweat all day long.

I just saw an amazing statistic on the weather report. The average July temperature for St Louis this year has been 99.5F (37.5C). There have been more days above 100F than in any previous July in recorded history. It’s predicted to be 101F tomorrow.

My milestone for the day was that I reached 5,000 miles run in the US. I have a big milestone coming up tomorrow, in case you didn’t know. Unfortunately, I know it’s going to be very uncomfortable.