Sunday, June 7, 2009

Running in the rain...

It rained all day yesterday. All day. I woke up to rain around 6 am, and it was still raining at 8 pm. I know we really need rain in our area, but did it really need to rain for 12+ hours straight?

I know I said I was going to rain every day, rain or shine, but I just couldn't get out there yesterday. You know how people will often say they love taking walks in the rain? I don't enjoy it. At all. And I certainly don't enjoy running in the rain. So I gave myself permission to take the day off yesterday. I ran an extra mile today to make up for that, so still feel ok about running 6 of the last 7 days.

I have one vivid memory of running in the rain. I was training for my marathon back in the summer of 2006. It was overcast, but I went out anyways, hoping to get my 10 mile run in before it started to rain. I decided to run around Lake Harriet, Calhoun, and Isles.

Here's a picture of where I do most of my runs. I always park at the southern tip of Lake Harriet, and run the lakes counter clockwise. I have tried to run them clockwise, and my runs always feel TERRIBLE when I do that. I am such a creature of habit.

Anyways, on this overcast day, I was at the northern tip of the middle lake, Calhoun. I thought about cutting my run short in case it started to really pour, but I really wanted to get my long run in so I wouldn't have to do it during the week.

By the time I got to the northern tip of Lake of the Isles, it was pouring. And lightning. I was kind of freaking out. I was a good 5-6 miles from my car, and there really wasn't anywhere for me to take shelter. So I kept running. I kept thinking -I'm totally going to get struck by lightning and then I am going to be the random unidentifiable body that some random person finds on a running path that makes the 10 o'clock news.

Yes, I realize that is an incredibly morbid thought, but since I live alone, and don't really talk to anyone on a daily basis, no one would really know if I went missing - esp over the weekend!

I made it back to the northern part of Calhoun and found a bus shelter where I hung out until the lightning subsided.

When I got home from the run, I called my mom and told her what happened. That next week, she sent me a laminated emergency contact/allergy sheet to put in my running belt in case I am struck down by lightning some day or something like that.

That way I won't make the news.

Miraculously, that was the only time I had to run in the rain during my 18 week marathon training program.

I'm praying that if it does rain a lot in June - I at least get an hour window where I can do my runs. Otherwise I am going to have to re-think putting my gym membership on hold.

3 comments:

Lady Jane said...

I am so impressed with people who have a commitment like that. I think 6 out of 7 days is pretty freaking amazing!!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

6 out of 7 days is AWESOME!!

I like to run in the rain but only if it is a very light rain. I definitely would not want to run in that downpour you described!!

That is hilarious that your mom sent you a laminated contact sheet! LOL!

Sassy Molassy said...

Good work with getting back into the running thing. It's hard work to come back. I'm realizing that now after just two months off!