Here is a view into what my run looked and felt like this morning – WET and WILD!
And it was, well, FUN too!
I chose an out and back route for the 10 miles I planned for today. I conquered some crazy hills on my 16 miler yesterday, so I wasn’t looking for hills today. With most out and backs however, one is likely to feel the wind. In one’s face. At some point.
My windinmyface moments were captured during my first 5 miles out. With that wind also came driving rain; fortunately it was driving more sideways than directly into my face. Small win. The wind was harsh and made my now soaked mittens feel like a freezer, keeping the cold nice and close to my hands. Some of the puddles started on one side of the street and flowed directly across. I wasn’t afraid of getting any more wet than I already was, but let’s face it, I also wasn’t looking for the “cold water oozing into shoes” feeling. I took my favorite Salted Caramel GU along with me and devoured it just before my mile 5 turnaround. Caramel always perks me up and almost made me forget the weather elements.
The return home was less harsh, so other than tired legs (the goal of back-to-back long runs is to run on tired legs), I steadily motored home with far less weather drama than I experienced on my way out. Upon my arrival, Scott offered words of encouragement/praise (what’s better than hearing “I’m proud of you” from your loved ones?), but also had brought me home a little reward. God he knows me so well…
I always say that it’s easier to run in these kind of elements when it happens while you’re already on your run. Knowingly leaving a warm house to head out into driving rain takes some commitment and guts. Although I do have my treadmill and used it quite frequently this winter, I realize there is great value in training not only my legs and my mind, but my guts too.
Who else had a rainy/snowy/windy run today?