Waking up this morning I never would have expected my run to go the way it did.
My plan was to run 10 miles.
That plan completely went out the window at mile 2.5 into my run.
Like any runner, I am constantly checking the weather. Especially the night before a long run. The weather confirmed blue skies all morning. It wasn’t suppose to rain until Tuesday so, I wasn’t worried at all. Well, I was wrong!
I woke up a little after 5, and looked outside and the ground was wet and was still able to hear the rain coming off the roof and hitting our Bar-be-que. Okay, it wasn’t a full on down-pour (that will come in later), but a very heavy drizzle. Again, I wasn’t too concerned because according to the Weather Channel app, it was supposed to be CLEAR SKIES! I didn’t think too much of the wet ground. I went about my normal routine for the morning of a long run.
I had my running buddy join me at the trail. With the clouds looking dark and angry, we both knew there was going to be a good chance that it could rain on us. We both agreed to start anyways, we weren’t going to let a little sprinkle or two stop us from getting our run in for the day!
We weren’t even a half mile into our run when it started lightly sprinkling. I told my buddy that I was still going to do my 10 miles, no matter what. The light sprinkling soon turned into a light rain than to a medium rain and next thing we know, we are in a straight out down pour!! We hadn’t even made it to the 2.5 mile marker when the rain was literally coming down in sheets. I ran about a half mile in a complete down pour when I made the executive decision that this run was going to be turned into a recovery run. All three layers that I was wearing were soaked, my shorts were so wet they were glued to my skin. I probably looked like a crazy person out there! Luckily, the down pour stopped before I got to mile 3 (and my turnaround). The clouds opened up a little and the sun came shining through. The last 3 miles back was dry and sunny.
**The picture below was at my 3 mile turnaround point. That was when the rain had stopped and the sun was coming out. It was so crazy how drastic the weather looked! #nofilter
Needless to say I only did a little over 6 miles. I know I wanted to do 10 today but, honestly I needed a short easy run. The last 3 Sundays I have been increasing my mileage so, ideally I really needed this Sunday to be an easy run anyways. I was a little disappointed at first but I really wasn’t feeling it anyways this morning. It all worked out in the end.
The last time I ran in a down pour was probably over a year ago. I remember it very clearly. I ran 8 miles in very heavy rain. I know. I know. Many of you reading this are like “A whole year?!?!”. We are very spoiled here in Southern California.
Did you miss my last post? I told my running story on why I started running in the first place! Go check it out, here.
When was the last time you ran in a down pour?
What is your favorite kind of weather to run in?
What do you call when you have a gathering and cook out on the grill? BBQ or Bar-be-que or grill or cook out or _____?
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