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Monday, July 12, 2010

Run'in in the Rain

I have discovered that I LOVE running in the rain during the summer. On Saturday, I had to run really early as we had family plans that meant leaving our house at 7:45. I convinced Bob to meet me at 4:45 am. It was still dark when we started on Rock Creek Trail from Lake Needwood. It was raining- hard. It was slightly cool.

I think I would have enjoyed it more had it not been pitch black. I mean the fireflies seemed like flash lights in the woods. Every noise freaked me out. Sometimes we would hear a noise in the woods and Bob would turn his head lamp in the direction and we would see eyes or deer. Other times, my heart was pounding so quickly that I just knew that some wold animal was going to eat us up. On the flip side, I wasn't worried about any bad people. (I find that interesting now though). And poor Bob... he only saw the rain falling. We ran the first 5.5 with the head lamp on the path.

Another positive of the run was that on the way back, it didn't seem boring. Usually, on an out and back run, I get bored of the scenery because it is old news. But since we ran the first half in the dark, it wasn't. I enjoyed that. And the RAIN. The GLORIOUS rain. It felt so refreshing. We had 2 miles where the rain stopped and the humidity started to creep up - those were tough.  I enjoyed the rain as it kept me cool.

We ran 11 miles in 2:08:12. Slower than I had thought, but it was a good run. Bob was feeling a little dizzy at the end and said I could go ahead... but we started together and were going to finish together. After all, long runs are about mileage, not speed, right!

We quickly devoured the watermelon and protein drink as I needed to get home. The best part of the run was that around mile 9 we started to see people. Up until that mile, I was had Bob COMPLETELY to myself. The marathon group that I was going to train with (until I connected with Bob) was just starting their long run. I said to Bob, "There has to be some kind of satisfaction knowing that we are finishing our long run and they are just starting!" I think he agreed.

I was home by 7:18am. Good run. GREAT company! Week #2 of marathon training complete!

13 comments:

misszippy said...

Sounds lovely! It is nice to be done when the rest of the world is just starting, I agree! And love Rock Creek Park--beautiful locale for a run. (the new background looks great, btw)

Heather said...

I love getting runs over with early too. I"ll have to try it in the rain, next time.

Angie Bishop said...

I too love getting runs finished early. Its the getting up early part thats so hard!!
Rain runs in the summer are the best :)

ajh said...

I love running in the rain except when I kill my Ipod!

H Love said...

great recap~! nice job! what plan did you decide to use??

abbi said...

sounds like a great run! I love being finished early in the day. I enjoy the rain too...as long as it isn't pouring.

Marlene said...

I like the new background, but the gray text is a bit hard to read - at least for the first part.

Great job on your long run! I love to start early, although I also would have been FREAKING in the dark!!

Julie said...

I agree, running in the rain can be so refreshing! Nice job on your run!

Tricia said...

great job with week 2

Jon Gilchrist said...

love knocking out those long runs EARLY in the AM...still have the rest of your day ahead....

Jae said...

Nothin' better than a 5 a.m. training run!!!
Thank you for your blog, for your inspiration and encouragement. I've an award for you at my blog!
Keep up the great work!!!
Jae

The Happy Runner said...

Wow, that's a long run for early am. Good for you!

Robin said...

You are such an inspiration! Please enter me in your give-a-way.
Ok Just starting running 101..I can't wait until I can run 15 mts without stopping to walk in between!