Although Rough River State Park is probably best known for playing host to the Kentucky State Old Time Fiddler's Contest (it happens next weekend), it will be hosting it's third annual 5k race tomorrow. This is the closest race to my parents' house. I grew up just 15 minutes away from the park, and I have fished Rough's waters all my life. There is ALWAYS healing and good feelings attached to that place.
I ran the inaugural race in 2005 and competed last year as well...both in oppressive heat. Race time was 9:00 am in those races, and the temperature has crept into the mid-80s by post time each of the past two years. Mercifully, they have moved the start time back to 8:00 am tomorrow. Plus, it is supposed to dip to 60 degrees tonight. If the wind is calm, tomorrow has the makings for a fantastic race.
After that, it's a trip to my family's farm in Breckinridge County for our annual July shindig. You know the type: massive potluck, horseshoes, showing off 6-month-old son, and playing music together all afternoon. It's the good stuff of life. Like Rough River, that farm holds many, many great childhood memories and I love going back there.
Post-race post to come on Monday, along with a breakdown of fat. It gets a bad rap, but it's a necessary part of our diet. Eating the right kinds of fat is the trick, of course.
So, get out and talk a walk/run/bike ride early tomorrow if you can. We do not see many 60-degree overnight lows in mid-July.