With every passing turn, I feel the moisture baking from the berms.
I’m shedding layers every lap and slowly scrubbing speed before the dust attacks.
Because I know this is the beginning of the wild and dusty dog days of summer.
On one side of the coin, these are my most brilliant days of the year.
They’re host to the longest lights, the fastest laps, and the largest number of smiling faces I could ever hope to spend my time surrounded with.
On the other side of the coin, they’re my most ragged days of the year. They’re so bright and loud, as I’m running non-stop and seemingly always a couple steps behind myself.
It’s a challenge to escape the feeling of being plain old overwhelmed. And the challenge has become a little thicker each year, because I keep getting better at putting too much on my plate, and I keep getting worse at taking care of myself.
But I’ve been playing a little trick lately - which creates a great reset effect - and I thought it to be a trick worth sharing, if it might help you at some point when you’re feeling overwhelmed yourself.
I take a couple minutes first thing in the morning, to pour myself a coffee, turn off my phone, and close my eyes. I think back about two or three, maybe even five years ago, and I try to remember the things I was hoping for. The things that filled my daydreams and my imagination. The things I was working toward.
Then I open my eyes, and think about where I’m at. How a lot of those things now surround me. And then I promise myself I’ll spend the rest of that day not forgetting how bad I once wanted those things that I now have.
And then I’ll drop back into the day - celebrating the noise and the brightness for everything they are worth - and trusting that with patience, these wild and dusty dog days of summer will always bring dreams to life.