… by a palm tree! Yes, you read that correctly. I was running today to get in my 5 training miles and I misjudged how low the leaves of a palm tree were hanging. Smack! Truthfully, it only grazed my forehead, but I don’t suggest running into a palm tree’s leaves. It doesn’t feel so great. Clearly, I laughed right after this happened.
Speaking of trees, it is h.o.t. outside and there is practically no shade to run in. If you run in the summer, you know what I’m talking about. Running on the shady (not to be confused with “shady”) side of the street whenever you can is a must. I should point out that it’s kind of humid here for typically being such a dry climate, but everyone we talk to tells us that this humidity is unusual for the area. Thank goodness. I grew up in one of the most humid climates I’ve ever experienced, and running outside at this time of year is practically not even an option there. So, I feel lucky that it’s pretty dry here, otherwise. Trees here don’t provide much shade for running, parking your car and leaving it for a while or reading a book outside. Palm trees and most any tree I’ve seen are just not big shade providers. Typically we have a lot of clouds in the very early morning, but by 9 am, it’s sunny and there’s not a cloud in the sky.
I try to always remember to use sunscreen, because the sun is a bit brutal, too. And I laugh whenever I need to cross the street and wait for the light to turn red. Do you know about trying to stand in the minimal line of shade that the street light poles provide? Again, it’s laughable. And I bet the drivers who pass me are laughing, too. I’m ok with that. But if you can get that little bit of shade from a tree or pole, it feels about 10 degrees cooler (to me), and it’s glorious.
So, we’re halfway through our training cycle for the L.A. 1/2 Marathon. If you haven’t been following me or reading my blog, I’m running on Team ASPCA, and we have such a great team! Together, we’ve raised over $130,000 for abused and homeless animals. I’ve reached 1/3 of my goal, but I still need help! Please share my page with your pet-loving friends. And if you have a bit to donate, please do! Here’s my fundraising page. Or you can send a check–just e-mail me for where to send it. If your employer matches donations, that’s even better. You will receive a receipt for your donation for your tax records. Thank you!
And here’s the collage that our coach, Victoria put together after last week’s long run. That’s me in the teal shorts. Wish me luck this week… 10 miles on Saturday! xo