The weather this evening had a slight smokey after taste. There are fires in Southern California, not in my area, but still the air seemed to carry that burn far and wide. I ran a little over 4 miles outdoors with short intervals. Boy, intervals aren't easy. Today was a reminder that no matter how "easy" it has become (easy is relative here), running is a difficult sport. No ball, no fancy choreography, no team members, no court necessary. In fact, its simplicity makes it harder. More focus required. Less distraction, apart from the distractions in our heads. But these harder days just make us stronger. Enjoy the ride.