The temperature was over 100 in Austin when I began my run this evening. This is one of my favorite destinations and I’m fortunate to make it here regularly. The is the headquarters for Whole Foods so their flagship store is located here. I stocked up on organic fruits and vegetables before departing for my run. I was purchasing my favorite soap (Oatmeal Mint from Hugo Naturals Artisan Soap). Hugo happened to be nearby and engaged me in conversation. He is in Austin to lobby Whole Foods to not carry brands that contain dangerous chemicals…you have to love that! If you’re interested in learning more about his product you can go to http://www.hugonaturals.com (soy and gluten-free, vegan and no animal testing!
The number of runners along the lake this evening was impressive. Thankfully, there were 5 gallon containers of water along the course. It’s been a long time since I’ve suffered this much during a run but I’m so thankful I completed the distance. I focused on maintaining my form as I struggled with the heat.
The thoughts that run through my mind when I’m running, particularly when I’m struggling, tend to gravitate to how grateful I am to be able to challenge myself on this level. I know my determination is strengthened when I suffer and my gratitude is enhanced when I am deep in the well of pain.
I have a lot of work ahead of me to achieve my running goals but I’m determined to return to a high-level of fitness. I leave for Dallas tomorrow morning @ 5:30 a.m. but I’ll be back in Austin tomorrow evening. Lori, Rider, Macie and I are taking a family vacation next week to the White Mountains in New Hampshire…it will be filled with trail running, hiking, kayaking and flyfishing…I’m so excited to return home a take a long overdue vacation.