I don’t talk up the irrigation ditch at N. 83rd St. on the Lobo Trail enough. Back when I ran big distance, fifteen and twenty milers, its strategic location three and half miles from my house was a life saver on hot summer days. Nowadays, I would argue running seven miles is easier than running six. Sloshing around my hat in that cool snow melt and putting it back on brings my legs back to life. More than anything else, that stream brings me back home.
The air is still a bit hazy from the fires down in Durango. Running a few miles Thursday gave me sniffles and a sore throat. Risked it today because the weekend is my only chance to get in any real miles. I think the air is better than Thursday. My buddy La Plata said it rained good down in Durango yesterday. Natural hydration. Helps me on my runs and the best response to those forest fires.