Jul 5, 2012

Distance today = 51.50 km; Total distance = 8797.79 km; Location = Necedah (3 km west of) – 44 01.474′ N, 90 06.366′ W; Start time = 0845 Finish time = 1735


Sorry to keep harping on about the heat recently, but today warrants it. It was predicted to be the hottest day of the week, and it was. In the sun this afternoon, the thermometer read 137°F (58°C). I’m not sure what the official “in the shade” temp was, but it was well over 40°C.

I can’t remember being in conditions like that before, let alone running in it. And to boot, I covered 51.5 km. I must reiterate, I could not have done this if Carmel had not been there with cold drinks, icy towels, and cold water to spray on me every mile or so.

I feel I have now managed a bit of a “bucket list” achievement – to have run over 50 km in temperatures reaching 58°C. I would never have considered it possible, and I hope I don’t have to do it again.

Anyhow, I got through the day, and the forecast is for tomorrow to be a bit cooler, followed by an even cooler weekend – I hope.

PS My official position is a little to the west of where the tracker is showing me.