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running in the rain

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

(Edit: I changed the name of this blog so I could find it easily when I need motivation. It was originally posted as "something I've never done...")
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This week (since last Wednesday, the start of a new week for the BL Sun-sational Summer Challenge) we had a lot of rain in my area and I didn't go out for my run like I usually do.

I really missed it.

Then, yesterday morning I just couldn't stand it anymore. I had overnight company from out of town and everyone was still asleep when I got up to go for my run. Then I heard thunder rumble...yet again.

Who runs during thunderstorms? I mean, yuck!

But look at this...

All of those people do it and seem to like it.

Then I thought, "Why not?" After all...

So even though it's something I've never done (before), I decided to do it anyway.

And I loved it!
I started out in a sprinkling rain that stopped before I got even 2/10 of a mile down the street. Even though the thunder kept rumbling and a slight sprinkling rain began again about a mile down the road, I kept going. Finally I got to the spot where I planned to turn around and headed back to the house. about 1/10 of a mile later, down came the rain in earnest.

It felt nice at first, but as it became a downpour, it began to feel invigorating!

And I kept running, alternating with a bit of walking when I was out of breath.
There was lightning flashing and thunder crashes and an elderly woman came driving by just a little ways before I crossed the stream where the water usually flows over the road in heavy rains. She slowed her mini van down and then stopped to ask, "Honey do you need a ride?"

"No, I'm fine," I replied.

"But it's raining."

"Yes. It's wonderful!"

"But there is lightening."

"Yes, but I just live right up there."

"Are you sure you don't need a ride?"

"Yes. Thank you anyway. I just live right up there. Not far."

"Ok," she said reluctantly, then added, "I'll pray for you."

"Thank you," I smiled back. Then she slowly drove on down the road and I continued to run.

I must have wrung out my shirt five or six times before I got back home and I kept slicking my hair back out of my face so the water would run down my back instead of into my eyes. Wiping my face as I ran was a regular ritual and I loved the way everything felt to me.

It wasn't my usual run and I kept thanking God for the thunderstorm as I ran back home.

When I got back to the house, I stripped off my wet clothes and jumped into a cool shower before getting dressed and doing about 20 minutes of yoga to stretch out my gluts, legs, and back.

I hope it rains again tomorrow morning.

Before yesterday, I thought that thunderstorms meant I didn't get to run. Today I know that I can run in a storm and love every minute of it. emoticon

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEBORAH2180 8/10/2013 6:43PM

    I'm so jealous! I love thunderstorms and love being in them too! I am not a jogger but I can see how cool this will be!

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SHOES17 8/9/2013 3:01AM

    Okay why did I not get an email about this wonderful blog? emoticon Back to make sure I have subscribed and LIKED!!

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SHOES17 8/9/2013 3:00AM

    Oh people in my town just shake their heads and drive on by, bless their hearts. They use to try and help me. Now, I do not do the thunder and lighting thing! If I hear that I am moving a lot of tushie quickly toward the closest shelter! WTG

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DEEGIRL50 8/8/2013 12:38PM

    "Invigorating"... I love the image that word stirs in me! Your pictures and words are very inspirational. I'm glad you enjoyed your run.

I'm not a runner, but I'd love to dance in a gentle rain. I'm smiling just thinking about it.
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EMMACORY 8/8/2013 12:05AM

    emoticon You stepped outside of your comfort zone and you were rewarded! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KACAR51 8/7/2013 8:27PM

    Sounds great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAWMAW101 8/7/2013 6:58PM

    This I would never have done! Thanks for letting us all know how much fun we are missing. Next time, out the door I go! It supposed to rain tomorrow.
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TCANNO 8/7/2013 6:27PM

    This has given me motivation to try this out next time it rain, thank you.

Well done

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KAB7801 8/7/2013 6:03PM

    I love it
I will be doing the same
No more excuses! emoticon emoticon

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