6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Red Skies in Morning

Stats for 11/9:
41:07- Time
Miles- 5

Overall Pace- 8:13
Fastest Mile- 7:57 Less Fast Mile- 8:32

Rainy day run on my lunch hour with sore tummy muscles.

Yesterday morning at 6AMish on my way to work the sky was AMAZING. Dark, with the clouds open to reveal bright grey and red. I remember when we were at the Ocean growing up my Mom would always say "Red Skies at night, Sailors delight. Red Skies in morning, Sailors take warning." Or something along those lines. So I knew that I was in for a treat on my lunch hour run.

My goal for this run was to channel my inner peace. Cheesy right? Basically I wanted to run for the love and fun of being out there. My co-workers seemed mystified when I grabbed my running bag as the puddles quickly filled to capacity.

With rain gear on I headed out. It was going to be a WET one!! The skies were dark. I took my favorite path which winds around the river, over a bridge and along a soccer field. I do my best thinking while running, and today was a rare IDEA type of day, details soon.


Crossing the bridge I thought about how anyone sitting inside to avoid the rain was truly missing out. The drizzle made patterns on the river, leaves cascaded slowly to meet the water and were slowly pushed downstream. Leaves of Green, Yellow, Red and Orange, some as big as my soggy size 10's covered my path. The simplicity and beauty you see in nature by the power of your 2 feet is one of my favorite things about being a runner.

I tried to avoid the puddles, hard to do with the leaves clever camouflage. I was running at a good clip and my stomach started to feel SORE. This is a familiar feeling the day after Volleyball (we went 6-0 again). Yesterday, on his 4th Birthday, I couldn't help but thinking back to the PAIN that came with giving birth to Blaine. I smiled to myself, and focused on my breathing and arm swing...the pain went away.

Next up my daily does of sexual harassment. Near the Industrial Crate Packing building the men sit in their cars just along the path fence line and eat lunch. On SEVERAL occasions I, and my adorable running partners, have been Cheered on (LOL), by the fellas. Yesterday one guy actually rolled down his window, while it is raining mind you, and yelled "Looking goooood!" Wow..OK I will take it as a compliment and SPEED UP!

Turned the corner toward work. GOAL ACHIEVED. I did not let the rain, pain, or insane dude take me out of my ZONE. It was a GREAT running day.
  • Wishing you all a great day and a workout in the ZONE!!

**I am planning on doing a post about First Marathon stories. If you have a great one please email me your link. The recent First M-Day posts I will be linking in Lacey, Britt, Jesse, Nicole, Candice, Morgan and ??

33 comments:

onelittletrigirl said...

Omg...first commenter!! :)

I just loved gettin cat called- UGH!!! But yes, it does make one speedier for sure!

Btw- I love running in the rain...I would just prefer to start out dry.

Jesse said...

I enjoy running in the rain, but I've never done it right before work without the luxury of being home to clean up afterwards. Good for you not letting the rain stop your run!
(and yes, you are more than welcome to link up to my marathon story!)

Shannon said...

I'd take it as the guy telling you that you were doing a great job :) Even though, we know that's not he meant!

Alisa said...

I really dislike running in the rain...I think mostly b/c I know I'll be doing it for the next 7-10 months! =)

Drizzle isn't so bad but the downpours aren't fun =).

Shanna said...

Great post! It's awesome that you can go for a run on your lunch hour!! I can't begin to imagine what you must do with your soggy self back at work, afterwards ;)

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

I love running in the rain :0)

Alicia said...

"The simplicity and beauty you see in nature by the power of your 2 feet is one of my favorite things about being a runner."- I feel that way, too! There's nothing that compares!

Can't wait to read everyone's first marathon experiences and can't wait to be able to share my own someday soon!(Jan. 9th, btw.)

Today is a tempo day for me so I could really use a cat-caller to help my pace. ;)

Denise said...

After the ultra I had a period of time where I could not get into my runs. So coach had me run just for fun again...no pace, distance, time requirements...just get out there and find that inner peace!! It worked like a charm.

celmore said...

I love running in the rain...too bad it doesn't rain much in SoCal.

It never ceases to amaze me how stupid we (guys...excluding myself of course :) ) can be.

Lisa said...

Nice post Mel. I need to remember how to channel my pain into something else when I'm running like you did with your sore stomach. Usually I just focus on the pain and of course that makes it worse.

Steel Springs said...

It sounds like a great run. Way to show the pain and the rain who's boss!

Marlene said...

Nothin' gonna stop you! Way to embrace the rain, ignore the distractions and enjoy a fantastic run.

Ugh, why do men think it's cool/okay to holler at us?!

Hope you're having a good day over there!

Zoƫ said...

Great rainy run! The worst are the cars that actually honk at you as they speed by...man, I jump every time.

Oz Runner said...

i'm with you on channeling the inner peace...i do my best thinking while running too...love your description of running in nature...i love that feeling..

Suzy said...

Kudos for heading out on a run in the rain. It can be beautiful...but a little too wet for me. I've only run in the rain once and it was 53F outside - I froze the whole 5K race.

J said...

My mom always used to say that saying too and now i think it all the time when i see a red sky! Funny how the saying has been passed down even in different parts of the country!

Kerrie T. said...

Okay, I ordered a new rain jacket, so I can go with you at lunch sometime. HOWEVER, I am slow, dude.

Fran said...

My day hasn't been so good today but now I've read your post and I'm feeling better. You write with such great enthousiasm that I'm going to do my run tomorrow, the one I was supposed to do today!

unathleticrunner said...

You are motivated!!! Good work!

RunToTheFinish said...

I'm guessing where you live you have to be totally used to running in the rain!!

MCM Mama said...

Gotta just love the unsolicited cheering. LOL

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I love running in the rain too! I am jealous of your fall colors. I noticed on my run this morning that ours are almost gone already.

Can't wait to read about all the first marathons! I was just thinking about mine today.

Katie said...

I hate being noticed. I'm not comfortable with my new body at all (from ED to average weight it's tough) and it makes me jumpy! I am still struggling to do more then just run right now. I just don't know what is next. Great run you are one fast mama!

shellyrm said...

Always great to read your blog. Thanks for lifting my mood as the skies here darken. Littlest has the flu + no running support tonight = no running in the rain for me. Until another day. ;-)

Amanda said...

I love running in the rain, it's such a neat feeling to be out there when everyone else is inside trying to stay dry. I'm super jealous that you get to run on your lunch break!

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Funnyrunner said...

awesome run! I hate the harrassment. Especially the honking horns that scare the hell outta me..

momof3 said...

I cannot wait to write about my awesome first Marathon... well, hopefully it will be awesome, and you can link me to that list. I have read some great ones though, and some not so great. In fact, I am wearing ROAD CONE orange on my race day in honor of an awesome marathon race report I found on a blog... I think it will be "good luck". (I don't need luck, I logged 600 miles of training, but it couldn't hurt).

I Run for Fun said...

I love this post. I love running in the rain too...sometimes. It does bring out the poetic in you!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

running in the race is fun, makes me feel like a kid again :)

Linda said...

Mel - I just joined your Blog - I have been reading it and a few others for about a month - playing with the idea of starting my own. I am trying to come up with a good name right now - I have the page opened and am waiting for inspiration.
I enjoy your stories and pic's.
I agree about running in the rain. Love it - especially if it is relatively warm - when it is 40 and raining - not so nice but 60 and raining . . . pretty comfy.

Linda

Laura said...

Very colourful post I found. I love running in the run..sometimes because it makes me feel hard core.

Anna said...

Jealous of your fall colors! That's always one of my favorite parts about this time of year. In NC, the colors were beautiful! Down here near the beach, I guess these types of trees don't change or something!?