Alice to Betty: Have u looked outside?
Betty: Yes. I'm good with either - especially if it's worse there. The only good thing would be your blog post. Not sure it's worth it.
Mik to Alice: Not going. rainin' 2 hard
Alice to Betty: Mik's out. I'm good either way. Your call.
Betty: If it's my call - I will sleep in a warm bed. U should know better.
Alice: You got me out there last week and I would have bailed.
Betty: Well then, let's go.
Alice: OK...I'll be there in about 15. I'm awake and dressed
Betty: I'm dressed too. Drive yur ass over here and let's get this rainfest started!
Alice to Mik: Don't be a chicken. Betty and I are going (this text was ignored).
6:32 (in person)
Walter: What are you doing?
Alice: I'm going running.
Walter: Why don't you just go to the gym then go to breakfast?
Alice (as if she's stating the obvious)...well, I'm not dressed for the gym, I'm dressed for running in the rain.
Walter: (shaking head) You're crazy.
Alice: You're really not supporting my healthy lifestyle right now.
Walter: It's raining out. I think I am.
Alice: Well, I'm going running anyway. Wish me luck!
Walter (says nothing, but he's still giving Alice the "you're crazy" look)
Thus the morning began with a drive over to Coronado's Tidelands Park for this week's SDTC long run. Most of the time, I love this run which starts at Tidelands and takes us out to the Silver Strand and back.
|Just a sprinkle...|
|Are you sure?|
|Oh yeah...I'm sure|
Betty decided to get started running right away, but I wanted to stretch a bit, so I did a super quick warmup and started the run with the rest of the track club. As we left Tideland's Park, the wind was at our back and the rain became more mist-like. Betty had brought some disposable rain ponchos, so at least my body was dry. It was actually quite lovely!
I chatted with Irene's hubby Michael for most of the first mile, then ran the next three miles with Irene talking about jobs and work and kids and stuff, which I was ever so happy about because as I started running, I realized that my Shuffle's battery was dead and I had been in a state of semi-despair because I figured that running in the rain was bad enough, but running in the rain without tunes would be just horrid.
But Irene saved me. In fact, we were so involved in conversation that the first time I looked at my Garmin, we'd been running about 38 minutes. We decided to run around at 45 minutes (about 4 miles) and head back.
But what a difference the way back was! When we turned around, it turned out that were running into the wind, with rain blowing into our eyes and faces. Irene told me that she wanted to slow it down, but my mind-set at that point was to get out of the rain as fast as I could. The strand is a pretty open area, but I figured that by the time I got back to Coronado, the buildings would shield me from the wind, so I picked up my pace and said goodbye to Irene.
The last two miles were around the tennis and yacht clubs and golf course (this is Coronado of course), under the Bridge and back to the park. As I predicted, the wind died down and it even stopped raining, so my last two miles were my fastest! I'd been a little under an 11 minute pace, but really picked it up the last two miles and finished around 1:25.
|Woot! Irene finishing up her 8 miles. BTW...Irene has THE BEST running form|
|I think Betty was happy to see me and the car key|
|Happiness is being DONE with a rain-day run!|
|Waffles (whole wheat, so very healthy)|
|Breakfast casserole (it had blue cheese in it, which was surprising and completely yummy!)|
|...and mimosas of course!|