I hate summer running. I am not a morning person and already get up at 4:30 2-3 days a week to get to work, so I just can't get out there early to run. I'm much more likely to run at 8-9pm at night when I am trying to avoid the sun. However, I love running in a drizzling rain. Today was one of those glorious runs. Even though it was on the track, it was cloudy, drizzly, I was basically alone, and I loved it!
I've got to do better about my sunscreen though. I've had a teeny, tiny little red place on my arm for several years. It comes and goes. The dermatologist burned it off two years ago but it came back. i was pretty sure that it was basal cell carcinoma. My sister had one in the same place earlier this year and ended up with a quarter size hole in her arm when they removed it. Rarely they metastasize, but if not treated promptly can result in disfiguring surgery to remove them. Mine was tiny. So tiny, I was a little embarrassed to even go to the dermatologist about it, although I was pretty sure it was that type of skin cancer. I'm glad I did. It was basal cell carcinoma and I ended up with a 1/4" hole in my arm for the biopsy.
I do a lot of thinking while I run. Running on the track makes it easy to let my mind drift. The miles passed quickly today.....if I am not praying (which I try to do), or listening to a book (not time to get my monthly book yet), I might work on a quilt in my mind - thinking of the design, color, quilting, I might go over a conversation I've had with someone where we disagreed. Many times I prepare a rebuttal in my mind, but never actually make that rebuttal. I guess that is good, I get it all out of my system while running, so I don't say things I shouldn't face to face. Does anyone else do that? Sometimes I analyze my Garmin data while running. I'm a data analyst by nature and career, so I love all the data Garmin provides. Most of my running time is spent thinking, but sometimes I just run, and do nothing but listen to my beeps telling me when to walk and when to run. I hope I can do this for many, many more years. Best. Exercise. Ever.