Today was my long run day. I planned to run 5 miles today. So last night I set my alarm clock for 5:30am so I can be up and out the door by 6:30. Plan in place – good to go. This morning my alarm goes off and I can hear the rain pouring down. I got up to see how hard it was raining and it was pouring down pretty good. So I decided to scrap the run and go back to bed. I got up around 8:30 and it was still raining. As I sat on my back lanai I kept thinking “wonder how bad it will be to just go run in the rain?”. I couldn’t shake the idea of just scrapping my run for the day.
So I turned on the weather channel to see how much rain we were going to get today. A LOT! This is tropical storm Debby who is dumping tons of rain on the state today (and has been all week for that matter).
D was up by this time and we discussed me just going out and running anyways since it didn’t look like there would be any brake in the rain today. So I decided to just go ahead and go for it. I got dressed and headed out the door. It was raining but it was doable.
The rain was a refreshing change from my normal hot runs. I was getting wet but it wasn’t horrible. Then I had a car go by and hit a puddle and I was soaked. Nice! Oh well I was still having a good run. There was not a soul out there but me and I was loving it. At about 1.8 miles the rain got heavier. I decided it would be wise to turn around and head back home. I wanted to run but I still wanted to be safe. I could hear the rumblings and I knew I didn’t want to be stuck out in the rain and lighting so I headed back home.
At this point I could feel that my feet were soaked. I could feel the squish of my feet in my shoes with each step. It didn’t matter, I kept running. I was enjoying my run and I was enjoying the fact that I was spending my Sunday morning enjoying what God had to offer. I was in his glory in the rain. It felt great!
As I turned a corner at mile 3, the rain became a complete downpour and I was drenched. I kept running enjoying the coolness of the rain as it hit me. I was almost home. I put in 3.33 miles this morning. I really wanted to put in a good 5 but after yesterday’s race and the rain this morning I am happy with the 3 I got in. I was completely drenched when I got home. Drenched – but a happy runner!
I even brought the paper in. LOL
I am really glad I decided to just go for my run. I know I would be sitting her regretting not going if I hadn’t.
This was my first run in the rain and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I am not a fan of wet feet and running in wet shoes is really not my idea of a run time but I didn’t mind it much. I had a great run and loved the sound of the rain and the peacefulness of the morning. I will definitely do this again!
Have you ever run in the rain? How did it feel to you?