This past weekend was a busy one and I was really hoping to get in at least a 7k run to see how my body (ankle) would handle the distance before Valley Harvest Marathon 10k next weekend.
Saturday was busy as I facilitated a workshop, drove home and gathered the girls from my neighbour. She had spoiled them with the farmer’s market, a trip to her work (a vinyard) to pick a few grapes and lunch at her house (thank you Grr-ma). My husband was sleeping as he worked the night shift but got up when we arrived home so we could all go do a birthday party for my running buddy’s daughter, Braegha. She was 4!
Sunday morning was the only opportunity I’d have to run outside since my husband was working 1 PM – 1 AM (a new term…aka consistency in our lives!!!). He knew I wanted to run but I wasn’t getting up early to do it. It was a sleep-in kind of morning with cuddles from the littles and then the mega struggle bus to actually get up and out of bed.
My first thought was to look outside so I’d know how to dress and to my surprise it was RAINING! Well shit crossed my mind first. Then… “am I really going to run in this”. We made breakfast and all of a sudden I found myself getting my running clothing on and searching for my green Garmin that was losing battery power fast.
Out I went into the rain…frig! What am I doing, I think I’m nuts! Hat on, long sleeved jacket on, gloves on, long running pants on, DRY sneakers and socks. Pound, pound, pound, my body just felt uncomfortable. My ankle wasn’t sure about running but didn’t give up on me.
With my green Garmin tucked under my jacket I just ran. I knew where the 1k mark would hit but didn’t even bother to lift up the sleeve of my jacket to peak at my pace. Just keep running, just keep running…oh wait now, you need to walk…so I walked. I actually HATED running at this point and seriously thought…”WHY AM I DOING THIS”…over and over for the first three kilometres. I even thought about quitting and turning to go home but for some reason I thought dodging massive puddles on the ground would be fun.
I glided across the main road when it was car free and then along the sidewalk making sure the rain wasn’t hitting my face under my hat. I was hoping for 7k and figured out where I would turn around only to come to that point and keep running past it. Under the overpass and along this horrible footpath that has been created out of desperation since there are no sidewalks to utilize. I kept going until I hit the local Paramedic base where my husband works out of. My green Garmin hit 4.25 km and I crossed the street again in between cars passing by to run on the other side of the road back towards my house.
By now I was feeling wonderful and running with a smile on my face. The number of massive puddles on the pathway were increasing. Puddle…soaked my left shoe just like that, then my right. Puddle after puddle and spray from cars passing me by on the road, I was wet. My socks were soaked and I don’t love running in wet socks.
As I approached our subdivision after some run/walk segments, I knew that I could probably get in 8k if I ran up and down my street a few times. Yes, I was one of those runners who ran back and forth until my green Garmin hit 8k…ahhhhhhhh, what a great run! Inside I stretched as my girls played some games and then joined me later when I did my PT exercises for my ankle.
What a great run…in the RAIN! I guess sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and go run in the rain. So glad I went.
How was your weekend?
Anyone run in the rain this past weekend?
Do you like to run in the rain?
31 thoughts on “Sunday Runday: I Woke Up To Rain”
It rained off and on all weekend here. I was explaining to Rock that fall in Northern Michigan can be depressing because it just gets dark and gray. But I actually have found that I enjoy a rainy run (not a downpour). It makes you feel like a kid again and mixes things up. So glad you enjoyed it. I love those runs that surprise you!
Yes, it’s easy to become depressed when it’s always dark and gray! My youngest daughter thought it was hilarious that I went for a run in the rain!
Rain!!! We need more rain!!!! I like running short runs in the rain, long runs are harder in wet socks for sure.
I know we sure do need rain, especially for your well! Let’s hope it comes gradually and is sustainable!
Happy for you that you were able to get your run in. Good luck next weekend at your race! I’ll cross my fingers for dry skies for you! 😊
How’s your running going?
Still not running. I gave it a go on the treadmill yesterday but still too weak on the boot side. More walking and biking to build back up!
It’s amazing how many runs I start out hating and a few miles later, I’m loving it! Sometimes it just takes our legs a while to get in the groove and our minds a while to accept that being able to run, no matter the conditions, is pretty amazing. Way to go!
It too me a good 3k for my body to be happy with running BUT I guess that’s what happens when you are coming off an injury!
It always takes me at least a mile to start enjoying my run. We haven’t had any rain yet but some crazy person said we may be expecting snow this week! Say whatttt????!!!
SNOW!!!! Oh no…that’s WAY too soon and I love snow! Hope it’s only rain!
Good for you! I hate running in the rain, unless it is tropical!
The good news was that it was warm rain not cold rain – THAT’S the worst!
I don’t mind running in the rain (if it starts up AFTER I’ve left the house)….if it’s already running before I get dressed, it’s a serious struggle to go outside. That said, I kind of like a nice light sprinkle in the hot weather, but hate the rain in the spring or fall.
I usually don’t mind running in the rain if it hasn’t started but this wasn’t the case. At least it was warm rain and not cold rain, yuck! Luckily it was a good run.
I love the idea of running in the rain but usually not the act itself. It sounds great until I’m out there in it!
I think if you are wearing the right gear it can be good but cold rain is always the worst!
Some of my favourite runs have been in the rain, but I’ll also avoid it because I haaaate getting wet!
I’m glad you ended up having a good one!
Great Job! I definitely couldn’t do it, but atta girl!
That’s dedication! Nice job getting it done
If it’s not pouring, I don’t mind running in the rain! We get to run!
I don’t like to go into the rain, but I never seem to really mind it once I’m out there! I’m basically a big ol’ baby
me and you both, sistah! ❤
It was rain all day everyday last week for me 😦
Way to get out there!!
I HATE running in the rain. I’m like the wicked witch – I absolutely melt when I am all soggy and wet. I’ll suck it up and do it, but I’m not happy about it and I complain pretty intensely. However, I’m so glad you got out there and got it done! And finished with a smile on your face! that’s awesome!
We were in Atlanta this past weekend so no running for me, but with a hurricane bearing down on us, I’m sure we’ll get some rainy runs in the next few days.
A downpour not so much but a light shower sometimes is quite invigorating!
Nice job! I had a similar run a week or so ago. I think one you get out and get going it’s usually pretty fun.
I’m usually not a fan of running in the rain, but I’m trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone and not always retreat to the treadmill when the weather is unfavorable.
That is dedication! I am not a huge fan of running in the rain unless it is sprinkles 🙂
Good on ya! I’m totally not a rain runner – I get horrendous arch blisters making it impossible to run for at least a week from my orthotics in my shoes if I run in the rain.
Ouch, that would hurt!