went out for just a couple miles on the trails with the dogs when I got home yesterday. and then said "so long" to our nice comfortable weather. upper 90's today and then 100's for probably the next week. even the nights will be around 70, so not comfortable sleeping weather. Leaving for camping again this Saturday at one of my favorite places - Lost Creek reservoir which is where I ran the 30K around the lake this past spring. great trails in this area and even though it'll still be hot there, the campground is comfortable with lots of shade trees, relief in the lake or a short drive to Rogue River and nights are much cooler.
So, David informed me last night that he likely won't continue running. He'll go to summer practices for one more week but said he really is not enjoying running anymore. He was hoping that summer practices, with his teammates would help, but he said it hasn't and in fact, he's lost his desire to improve. He went to a friends cabin for these past 5 days and his friend and a another guy that came along on the trip, are all XC teammates and they went running together a couple times. I asked him if that re-sparked his enthusiasm for running: running with his two best buds and teammates, without the pressure of time, etc. and, with his eyes welling up with tears, he said it didn't and that he really just doesn't enjoy it anymore. I know he's given this a lot of thought because he does that with everything, and I know that he WISHES he loved running. I also know he will really miss that comraderie of team practices and meets and that feeling of placing, etc. but when it comes right down to it, he has to enjoy the journey of running, putting in the work, challenging himself, etc. and if it's not there, it's just not there. A part of me is sad because I love watching him run, I love the meets, I love seeing the team, but he ultimately has to do what is right for him.