Daily Mile of running at Sope Creek. I went there once, in August 2009, and enjoyed it. I must have liked it a lot because I saved the location in my car's GPS/map memory. So after seeing another of his Sope Creek posts, and also seeing tweets that this weekend there is free parking at national parks, I decided that this would be where I would do my easy 3 miles scheduled for Saturday.
Words with Friends (or strangers) on iPhone. I haven't gotten nearly enough sleep this week so I didn't bother setting my alarm clock. Riley (golden retriever) woke me at 6 a.m. I was dead tired, so I fed the pets, sent them outside, and climbed back in bed. Next thing I know, the phone is ringing at 11:30 a.m. Yikes! By the time I got dressed, ate, and drove to the park, it was 2:15 p.m. I knew it was hot, but also knew the shaded trails would be much better than running on the street. After dousing myself with the lovely fragrance of my summer perfume (insect repellant), I started down the main trail. Lake Sibley is near the parking lot entrance.
So this leads me to lessons learned... (1) Go to bed early so you can get up early and run when it's cooler, and (2) when it's hot, carry water or electrolyte drink with you no matter how few miles you plan to run.