Sunday, December 19, 2010

Soggy Sunday

I don’t usually struggle with motivation.  I love to run, I love to ride my bike.  Sometimes I’ll dawdle before getting in the pool, but - most of the time - if something’s written on the plan it’s gonna get done.  Even on a day like today.

We’ve been pretty rainy the last few days, so it wasn’t like I thought it was going to be dry this morning.  Waking up like I do numerous times in the night (let the dog out, go to the bathroom, yell at the cat for eating the plants, etc.), I could hear the rain and wind all night long.  Yikes.  I hoped I could sneak out in between the cloudbursts for my 8-miler this morning, but there was no break in this storm.

Soggy Sunday 009Raindrops in the pool

I checked weather.com just enough to know that it wasn’t going to get any drier by waiting around (plus I had someplace to be this morning by 9 am), so out the door I went at 6:45 in my tank top and skirt plus arm warmers and gloves.  It was pretty warm in spite of the rain, somewhere in the low 50s.

Soggy Sunday 008I procrastinated as long as I could by taking pics, but eventually I had to get out and run

I think the hardest part about running in the rain is stepping out of your front door into it.  Those first few drops on your bare skin are always the chilliest, but then once you’re wet it’s really not that bad.  I usually enjoy running in the rain and today was no exception, even though it was a lot rainier and definitely windier than normal (the wind was blowing at just about the speeds I normally ride my bike).  By the time I hit the end of my driveway there wasn’t a dry spot on me.  At the corner of my street and the main road I stepped in the first of many ankle-deep puddles and got that over with.  Within the first mile or so, I got splashed up to my elbows in dirty street water by a passing motorist, so now I was pretty much as wet as I was gonna get, you know?  The upside to all this is that I think I’ve finally washed all the blood out of my poor battle-scarred Newtons.

The first few miles it was just a light rain and I was enjoying a nice cross-tail wind on the “out” portion of my out-and-back.  When I turned around to face the wind, the rain started to pick up, too.  My skirt got heavier and heavier as it got waterlogged and eventually I had to hold it up at the waistband with my left hand.  Around Mile 6, when the rain was coming down in sheets and my ponytail was whipping the back of my neck, I was ready to be done.  Nothing to do but run it home, though, so that’s what I did.  8 miles done.  I earned my “hardcore” points for this workout, for sure.

Soggy Sunday 012These post-rainy run pics never do the sogginess justice

I hope you enjoyed your weekend run, too!

27 comments:

Amanda@runninghood said...

Something about running in the rain that just makes me feel hardcore! You look good doing it! :) Nice running outfit. I wish I looked that good after a run or even before a run. :) I need to go back and remind myself where you live that you get to run in that during this time of year! Jealous. :)

Amanda@runninghood said...

ahh, yes, Cali!

Detroit Runner said...

Awesome hardcore run although I would be loving that weather right about now.

MCM Mama said...

I'd love to be able to run in a skirt and tank right now, even in the rain! Great job getting out there.

Trish said...

Totally hardcore!

Aimee said...

You definitely earned hardcore points for running in that! I actually like running in the rain too, but after awhile, when I'm completely drenched I just want to be done and back into dry clothes!

ajh said...

You look pretty wet even in the picture! You do earn some hard core points for sure!

The Green Girl said...

Yeah, I was soaked from head to toe after my run today, too.

Congratulations on getting out there!

Alma said...

Wet wet! Like living back in T-town?

Chris K said...

Okay, now I'm pretty sure you live in So Cal. I dodged a bullet yesterday - ran 23 miles outside (in San Diego) and it did not rain. And, weather.com said 80% chance. Great post, great job on getting out the door and moving.

Char said...

You're right about how hard it is to get out when it's raining. It's never that hard running in the rain if it starts when you're already out. Your skirt looks absolutely drenched in that pic. I can only imagine how squishy your shoes were.

Johann said...

Great rain run! Hardcore for sure. We've had lots of rain as well and I've had some rain runs too. Haha, I also thought about my shoes getting a wash in the rain! Have a good week!

Heather said...

Definitely hardcore! Way to get out there and get your run in.

Jogging with Fiction said...

I love running in the rain, but not in the winter, then I feel gross and soggy, but in the summer it's the greatest thing ever! Way to be hard core.

speedvegan.com said...

Well done ! I find running in the rain really cleansing.

Carrie said...

You are totally hardcore :) I have been there - after a while it's not so much the wetness that bugs you, but the fact that you're carrying around several extra pounds of soggy clothing! But that's just extra credit for your run, right?

Chelsea said...

I love running in the rain...but when my soaked pony tail starts hitting the back of my head I snap. I always carry an extra elastic and make a bun/knot thing once my hair starts to do that...

ERG said...

OH MY GOODNESS! Yes!!! It was definitely a weekend for wet running on the Left coast. Are you sure it was even that warm?

running in the rain makes anyone 100% more hardcore!!!

I got a touch of it this weekend too.. :O

Colleen said...

You gor girl!

TRI714 said...

I feel you !!

LMC said...

You definitely deserve all the hard core points for the week! I bet it was nice to be done and to know that you made it out the door and ran your scheduled 8 miles, despite that silly rain. That makes me smile for you! Have a great week!

tri like mary said...

I ran this weekend over packed snow and ice. Good for you for going out in the rain!

Laura said...

I saw the rain yesterday...I can't believe you ran in it! Yikes!!

M said...

I was so excited to run my last 3 miles this past Saturday to make it a 13 mile week for me, but I got sick and it rained hard. YOu're awesome!

Christi said...

Oh yea, that is "hard core!"

Julie said...

Totally HC! Feels good to be that tough doesn't it??!!!!!

Julie said...

You look so darn cute in your running outfit:)