Example A - warm rainy run last Thursday morning:
I actually don't mind running in rain when it's warm - this was 68 degrees.
Example B - freezing cold rainy run last Saturday morning:
North winds, rain, and 39 degrees (which felt like 30 with the wind chill) - brrrr!
The few who showed up for our second-to-last long run (plus Jeff, who was the photographer).
Our run on Saturday had a few Organizer Fails, but we still had a great time. The first Organizer Fail happened when Jeff and I finished dropping off the water and Gatorade along the route and pulled into the parking lot to start the run...Jeff asked me who was bringing the orange water cooler (that we have at the park for the after-run hydration). That would be us, oops. Yes, I completely forgot about it. Luckily, it wasn't a hot day; otherwise, we would have had to drive home and get it (plus ice and water). It was pretty funny to see everyone arrive and stay in their car (several of us were texting each other), until the very last minute - it was raining and windy and no one wanted to stand around in that weather! At 6:00 am we all got out and it was so cold that running to get warm seemed like a good option! Although I started off with my teeth chattering, by a few minutes into the run, it wasn't so bad...and another epic running adventure began!
My second Organizer Fail happened before we even reached the first mile - somehow I managed to lead both Amy and Pam (and Sadie-dog) off course (I’m the person who does all the mapping, so I should know the route), and we ended up running all the way to Harvey Road instead of detouring through Veteran’s Park. At one point, Amy and I were running single file because some big trucks were blasting by us, when I realized she was not behind me and turned around to see her straddling the guardrail – her hat was blown off by the trucks, and she was climbing down a ditch to retrieve it!
We were able to avoid Lake Valero (the entire driveway to a gas station was flooded) and not get our shoes wet, plus we counted 11 deer as we ran through the fancy neighborhood, including one who, I swear, gave me the "oh no you didn't" neck swivel as we ran by! We chatted with other runners along the route and had a great time - honestly, I think that because we've had to let go of any thoughts of a decent pace (thanks to my hamstring injury), we are enjoying running a lot more, and aren't focusing on the miles or how difficult the run might be. Eventually, we'll probably try to increase our running beyond the 1:1 intervals, but right now, we are definitely having a blast and it's hard to believe that we knocked out 8 miles in ridiculously bad weather, with smiles and laughter.
The reward for running in such cold weather? Hot coffee! We planned this as one of our treats back in June; who knew it would turn out to be such a perfect post-run treat?
Not gonna lie, we talked about this coffee A LOT during the run, and when we finally finished and got our reward? It was the best cup of coffee, ever!
While we were enjoying our coffee, Pam told a funny story about how, when she stopped at the 5 mile mark to refill her water bottle, Sadie sat down and refused to get up and run. Sadie ALWAYS has the energy to run - heck, even after the 21 miler she still looked good to go - but she was cold and wet and DONE. Poor pup! Too bad for her, as they were several miles from our starting point, so she had no choice but to keep going. By the time Amy and I got back, Sadie was dried off and snuggled in a blanket in Pam's truck, and she was very content. I emailed Pam on Sunday to see how Sadie was doing (yes, I checked on the dog and not the human, but to be fair, I knew Pam was fine) - she replied that Sadie had recovered but spent all day in bed, and sent this picture:
It truly IS a dog's life!
Tomorrow we'll be running the Turkey Trot 5K. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers!