Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Sweet Mana From Heaven

Finally, a cold front is pushing through and things have already cooled off considerably. After the first line of thundershowers pushed through, I headed out the door, hoping that a second line of thunderstorms would hit midway through the run and cool me down and thwart any deer flies.

For the first half of my run, those incessant little buggers were out in full force, and they weren't just swarming, they were biting as well. This forced me to pick up the pace, giving me a good tempo workout on some technical trails. I was also flapping my arms the entire time waving them out of my face, getting a great upper body workout. This was aided by the hand-held water bottle I was carrying (think dumbell).

I drew a picture to better illustrate this concept:

But at about the halfway point, as expected, the skies rumbled and the rain began to fall. Ahhh. I was already completely soaked in sweat, which was soon replaced with the sweet cool rain falling from above. And, as it began to pour, it kept the deer flies at bay! Ahhhhhhh. Yessir, life is good.

Ran 7.3 miles @ 8:25/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 152/168
Trails, fire roads.
Very hilly.
Upper 70s falling to lower 70s, extremely humid, partly cloudy and then thunderstorms.
Shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap.
Deer flies killed = ~28-34
Deer fly bites = ~15-18
Deer flies flying into mouth = 3 (one down my throat)


Sparkplug said...

Love the drawing! Made me laugh :-)

Anonymous said...

I like how you added the six pack in on your drawing.
Wasn't that rain great! At the climax of the humidity and heat I felt like I was my own weather system because I was sweating so much. The sweat did not deter the 11 year old that was whooping my ass in the sparring ring though. I finally just ran away from him.

Andrew said...

A photo of you sitting there drawing the picture would have probably shown another six pack sitting there on the table with you.

I love the expression!

Thomas said...

I don't know. I doubt the accuracy of the awesome six pack drawing.

Trail Monster Running said...

...and the pecs! Dude, you're ripped! I hope you wear that see through shirt the next time we run together!

Luc said...

Wow! Those deer fly's are nasty! Great pic though :)