Saturday, November 27, 2010

Relished Run in the Rain

I woke up to wind and torrential rain. Okay, okay, a steady rain. To me, a wimpy San Diegan, almost any rain is torrential. Grumpily, I resolved to run, no matter what. Rain or shine. Running is the one thing I don't mind doing in the rain. In fact, I daresay that I actually like it. You can't overheat and you don't really need to hydrate!

My dad made pancakes, and as we dined, the sun emerged. Ah, perfect weather for a run. Nice, cool and damp. I couldn't wait. I sipped my coffee and changed into my running clothes. Just some shorts, shirt and arm warmers. As I stepped outside, raindrops pelted my arms. Huh? I looked up. The sky was completely gray, and the sun had disappeared. Tricky! I was undeterred. In fact, in retrospect, I had been a little disappointed when the sun had emerged earlier. I guess I just prefer running in the rain. The Los Gatos Creek Trail was quiet and empty. I had the whole place to myself. I exchanged smiles with a few bedraggled runners and cyclists. They all donned raincoats and wet weather gear. They must have thought I was brave in my bare-bones outfit. I thought I looked especially tough in my "Out 'n Back" ultra runner tee. Of course, it's all front. That's all I had brought from San Diego. If I'd had rain gear, I would have worn it too.

I settled quickly into a relaxed pace, relieved I didn't have to push myself today. I really ran hard at the 10K Turkey Trot! It was nice to run at whatever pace I felt like. A gi-normous puddle appeared from nowhere. I tried to no avail to leap over it, completely soaking my right shoe. Did I say I loved running in the rain? Hmm, right back at ya'. I ignored the annoying squelching sound my footfalls made and continued onwards, enjoying the new playlist on my shuffle. Very appropriate songs kept popping up, "Evening Rain" (Moby), "Caught in the Rain" (Preston School of Industry), "November Rain" (Guns 'N Roses). The pungent potpurri of wet eucalyptus, mint, and wild rosemary deliciously filled the air, energizing me with nature's aromatherapy. I gave plenty of free smiles to anyone I saw, especially those walking with their drenched, happy-go-lucky mutts. There were definitely a handful of mudders like me out there. Small, unnamed warblers flitted across the path, displaying striking bars of gold, black, and white on their tails. The creek raged and frothed below. Well, maybe "raged" is a bit strong but it was much more than a gurgle.

I finished completely drenched but toasty and warm inside. Followed up with some weights. The sun is shining now, of course. Time to go back to San Diego where the storm is predicted to follow me for tomorrow's bike ride!

9 comments:

Caratunk Girl said...

Yeah! I love running in the rain. It always makes me feel like a bada$$ for some reason. ha Way to get out there!

Colleen said...

Running in the rain is so fun - makes me feel like a kid again! Hope all is well with you! :)

Kate said...

Ah, I love rain running! I especially love the way your ipod chose such fitting songs :)

Diana said...

Believe it or not I love to run in the snow-especially when it's falling at the time I'm running! It's very peaceful and refreshing! Growing up in WI I guess that's not a surprise. With all the "fancy" clothes these days, it's nothing to put on 3-4 layers and go on out. To hear the snow crunch under my feat just reminds me over and over how we each are only a small spec of snow (or sand for those on the beaches!) in this world.

Frank Eeckman said...

Running in the rain is fun, but not in California storms, at least not in the Bay Area. San Diego may be a bit different.

Andy said...

Glad you enjoyed your holiday run in the weather! Sometimes it is fun to get out there in the elements and "play", or in our case train. Hope you enjoyed your holiday season.

HECTOR said...

what does not kill you makes you stronger

chrisbarr_triathlete said...

just started my blog, ive not actually posted anything yet but cool blog. ps in glasgow there is about a foot and half of snow not much outdoor training getting done, had a cyclocross race at the weekend in the snow and it was still on!! thats the scotts for u .....MENTAL!!

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