Back in NY, I would get out of work before my wife did. Periodically I would not only end my work day before hers, but end it reasonably near my house. On some of these occasions, I would “Run for a Ride.’ I would see if I could get to her office, before she left work (leaving me to run home.) It wasn’t to bad, as it was only around 3 miles.
Last night, I managed to get home a bit early. I had previously run a google maps to see how far her new office was from my home – 3.6 miles. Well, I was sitting on my couch looking at the clock, and I realized there were 50 minutes to go, before the end of her work day. 3.6 miles in 40 minutes? (After all, I would have to get changed and find all my running stuff!) ABSOLUTELY! So I quickly got changed, grabbed my phone/armband/headphones and opened the door… It had apparently started pouring rain….
Back upstairs, find a rain jacket, phone into a ziplock baggie. Start I Heart Radio and Runtastic, coat on – and out the door!
It was POURING! I had forgotten how invigorating it can be to run in a down pour!
The route brought me back along Crofton Parkway, although strangely there were far less runners on a Rainy Tuesday afternoon than a sunny Sunday Morning. I was a bit concerned that I would miss turns coming off of Crofton Parkway toward Defense Highway, but I managed it ok! I got to her work place 10 minutes before the end of her work day! The funny part, is she had sent me a text message while I was running, and then asked why I was ignoring her! So, I sat on the hood of her car (in the pouring rain,) and texted her while I waited to suprise her when she came out!
I was a bit concerned that I had started off to fast when I heard my first split. I decided I should probably slow down a bit… but didn’t.
I maintained the same pace throughout. It may not seem like it on my last .61 miles, but I had some issues shutting off my Runtastic, with its being under my jacket.. and in my armband.. and in a ziplock…
I have to admit this was the most fun run I had in a long, long time.
But is your house still sinking??
I’m not much of a runner, but have always enjoyed jogging. It gets so hot here in Delhi, India that I much prefer jogging in the rain without a rain jacket. The best is playing football (or soccer, if you prefer calling it that :P) in the rain 😀
That weekend, I ran a new charity race, a 5.4K lap around the Crofton Parkway in the neighboring Maryland town, with yard sales and kids selling lemonade on the sidewalk. A bald eagle circled over the starting line while the fire department played the national anthem. I ran it in 32:55, 4 minutes faster than the previous weekend. My wife and I congratulated a 40ish 1st time racer who had quit smoking and started training 8 weeks before, and finished in 40:00, with his father in law at his side. He was clearly euphoric about how running had changed his life. I felt great, too.
Nice! Ahh! I need to woman up and run under the rain soon! :O