There ain't no mountain high enough
Ain't no valley low enough
Ain't no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you
No wind, no rain
Can stop me, babe
I began my long run today in the pouring rain with wind gusts up to 30 mph. But it did not stop me. I think I have officially graduated from the "fair weather running club". Yay.
I wanted a change of scenery so I headed to the Capital Crescent Trail and began in Bethesda, MD. The wind wasn't too bad heading out and it was barely raining, but the more I ran, the more is the wind picked up and the harder the rain fell.
I heard on the radio as I was headed to the trail that it was 40 degrees, but decided to keep my UA gear on. It was a mistake. I was burning up by mile 3. So what does any "professional" runner do? STRIP! Yep, I hung my water belt on the trail sign, took off my hat and bondi band and slide my UA shirt off and quickly put my light coat over my bra, put my water belt back on and tied my UA shirt around my waist.
I found out around mile 5 that my lovely coat was NOT water proof and my new camera and phone were getting wet... so I turned around and headed back to the car to see if I could save them. I do not know why anyone would buy this coat if it wasn't water proof. So I am in search of a light weight coat that is water proof now. Thank goodness I had removed my UA shirt earlier... it kept the rain off for the miles back to the car. My time for these miles was slowed a little due to the speed limit restrictions. Apparently, on this trail, you cannot go more than 15 mph... so I had to slow down.
When I returned to the parking lot, a huge group of runners were heading out. Obviously, I wasn't a part of their group because they forced me off of the trail. Hello... I am standing right here waiting for you to pass.... why is there a need to force me off the trail. Note to running groups - respect fellow runners... even if they don't have someone to run with.
Alas, my friend did arrive and we did 2.5 more miles together. It was nice to have some company. I have gotten used to running by myself... picking it up on hills and not listening to other's breathing, but the company was worth it. We caught up and planned future runs.
All in all, I am pleased with the mileage. I did 8.5 in 1hour 25 minutes. Not bad. Imagine what I could have done without the speed limit restrictions.
I hope everyone is having a good long run and if you are racing today (or tomorrow), I pray that you run hard and remain injury free.