Running in a heatwave is a stupid thing to do.
Not only do you have to drink what feels like your own bodyweight in water – squash – leading up to a long run, you also have to think about your clothing, trying not to sweat out your sunscreen, and how to keep a pair of sunglasses on the increasingly damp bridge of your nose.
By the time you read this I will – hopefully – have completed the New Forest 10. It’s a 10-mile run through the forest’s beautiful scenery, with precious little shade but a lot of friendly smiles along the way.
It’s all part of my training regime for the Great North Run, which will be longer at 13.1 miles.
I am starting to get really quite nervous for it now – and it’s not until October.