Distance: 8.11 Miles
When I woke up this morning, all I could hear was the rain. The temperature was below 40. It was a steady, cold rain with winds blowing at 22 MPH. My body was sore from P90X, an easy excuse not to run, and the weather was adding another. I decided to wait until the freezing rain let up. By five o’clock the weather had changed from rain to freezing rain and then to sleet and snow. It is October! The last time the weather was this bad this time of year was 1979. It was only getting worse. It was time to hit the road.
The first leg of my sleet filled run
Standing out in the rain and sleet waiting for the satellites to find me, I started to second guessing myself. Why am I subjecting myself to possible pneumonia just for an 8 mile run? I needed another reason. I did have a new running hat and my new running jacket that needed testing. If I didn’t use it in conditions like this, when would I use them? Rationalization found! The point of today’s run was to do a gear review of the hat and the jacket. Yeah that’s the ticket. The Nike watch chimed, and I was off.
As I was going along I knew my pace would be off. First, my shoulders and abs were still sore from P90X and I had to keep a close on the sleet covered leaves. The last thing I needed was injuring myself by doing something stupid, like running in a sleet storm. Through the entire run, the precipitation kept cycling from freezing rain to sleet to snow and back again to freezing rain. Moving along the road, I could not imagine seeing too many people out for the day. I was wrong. First, I passed a frustrated looking man walking his tiny frost covered chihuahua. The little dog shivered as it did its business, while the walker glared.
The encounter was shortly followed by a pair of young kids trying to make a snowman out of sleet, wet leaves, and dirt. It was not a pretty snowman, to say the least. If anything, it looked like a snowman who had suffered a tragic accident with a leaf blower and a dust storm. The kids kept trying. Their parents must have wanted them out of their hair pretty badly to send them out in a storm to make a sleet and freezing rain creation.
Along my route I started noticing the occasional person looking out their window at me. I imagine that their thoughts ranged from, “he must be crazy” to “wow, he is dedicated.” To be honest, it was most likely the former and not the latter. The strange thing was not the occasional person noticing me out their window, it was the frequency it was occurring. It may have been my cold, addled mind, but it seemed like the number of spectators was increasing. Perhaps the neighbors were calling ahead to each other to say, “Take a look out side!” One person stared at me in such a way that made me swear that when she was younger she could well have been an extra from the Children of the Corn. Her eyes stared straight as her head tracked my progress methodically along my path. To keep the run interesting, every time I ran past someone, a passing car, or a neighbor staring out the window, I acknowledge their presence with a tip of my sleet covered hat.
At the halfway mark of the run, my tree cover disappeared. Nothing was stopping the elements from their assualt upon me. The sleet and freezing rain was attacking my face under the brim of my hat. The visor does nothing! Or at least when sleet moves sideways it doesn’t. At this point I started to question my own sanity. It was too late, I was past the point of no return. Time to pick up the pace, tip my hat to a few more people and get on home.
Just before my run I received a challenge request from another Nike Plus runner. The challenge is to lose 20 lbs over the next 30 days. Since my weight has remained flat for the past three weeks, there could be no better timing. Challenge Accepted! I need to push through this 250 barrier. I am doing my weigh in on Monday, and I have a feeling it has not moved.
One last word, for those running the Marine Core Marathon tomorrow including you, Patti, good luck. I hope the weather doesn’t ruin it and everyone has a great time.
Next Run: 5 Miles (Tuesday)
Next Workout: P90X (Disc 3 & 12) (Sunday)
Next Race: Burlington Race for the Hungry 5K