08 July 2010

heat wave

Sunrise at 5:30am casts long sharp shadows heralding another day of blistering temperatures. By early afternoon it's twenty nine degrees Celsius with a stifling hot breeze, yet we are cooler than much of the rest of Canada. In central parts the "humidex" (I'm sure we didn't have that when I was small) is forty three degrees Celsius.

This is rather nice for someone like me who enjoys both hot and cold weather. However the heat and humidity sap energy, not useful when you are returning to running after an eight week injury break. There is still an ache in my foot but nothing like the previous severe pain. At the end of yesterday's five mile run I was footsore, heat-exhausted and somewhat dehydrated.

This morning the foot twinged when I first walked but eased up later. The latest setback has been lower back pain so nasty that you would laugh to see me attempt to regain the perpendicular from a sitting or lying position. I believe my gait is compensating for the foot injury and putting unexpected muscle strain on my back.

I have ordered some new running shoes with high tech "motion control" features that support the arches and guide the foot securely from heel to toe. I am keen for them to arrive soon as I have high hopes for them.


C.J. Duffy said...

Hard to compete with you guys as normally, as you will remember, our summers fluctuate between spells of sunshine and patches of rain. Not so this year though as we have been enjoying long periods of blistering sun raging at, would you believe, 31c. Where I work is an old manor house set in acres of beautiful land which normally if verdant green and lush. Not now as it has the appearance of Judge Dredd's scorched Earth. Yellow grass that lies cracked and shrunken by lack of water. Not sure if I like seeing my green and pleasant land so parched even if I am enjoying the summer sun.

Perfect Virgo said...

You're reminding me of the summer of '76 with its drought. I well remember the dry brown grass.

We've had an exceptionally hot couple of weeks by Maritime Canada's standards. The humidity is drenching.