Taking in a new favorite route this past weekend - which does include a Yadkin River crossing as shown above - it dawned on me that it was officially "that" time of year!
With extended daylight, consistent temperatures, and less busyness in general, the window between Memorial Day and Labor Day has historically been my favorite and most productive time. A time of higher mileage, longer distances, and overall, more exhilarating and fulfilling runs; you know, "that" time of year.
For one, due to a more intense focus on my fall marathon, there is just no getting out of a June or July training plan start. Additionally, as someone with south-Texas roots, made tough in 100-degree football two-a-days, and employed at the local steel mill (the furnace department, no less), I actually like the heat, and try to encourage others to embrace it as well; isn’t that right RFG members? - "the strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire!"
So, here's to everyone gearing up to hydrate more, sweat more, and run more. May you find open roads and sun-soaked trails.
Have a great summer of running!
... like a band of gypsies we go down the highway ... (Yes, Willie was on the playlist and triggered the above reflection at about mile 5 on Saturday. It might just be the ultimate running tune).