6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Tale of Fails

My training plan called for HILL repeats, my knee is not ready for that...I got dressed anyhow, looked out the tiny window in my office, and got dressed. Muscle Man had texted me earlier in the day that is felt "Warm," I forgot that and put on my winter/weather quality GoLite Jacket. All dressed up, first foot out the door, SPLASH!!

-Did not put on my Hat and it was pouring buckets.

-Wore a jacket for winter weather and it was 55 and raining, got to warm so ended up wearing a T-shirt, rain dripping down my arms.

-I wanted to get to know the route to the North, it ended after .7m, so my run was spent looking for more mileage.

-Ran on path near a local business which does not allow smoking on company property, so the smokers go to the trail. These were DEDICATED (lol) smokers out in the rain, about 8 of them with puffs too big to dodge. Pretty sure I inhaled a full cig, COUGH COUGH.

-Nicely dressed woman frowned at me. What was that about??

The run wasn't all fails, I found a path just under a mile that is dirt covered, this is the type of trail I should run on more often for my knees. It will take loops and loops to get in the miles but it is pretty so I guess that is OK, I will let the mud dry up first it was slippery.

The rain was thick. In Washington there are many different ways to describe rain, this was coast-like rain. Misty, wet, like running through continuous wall of water. I was sticky, I kept having to wipe the water from my face and arms...Cant believe I did not wear my hat.

I thought about stopping after 3 miles, I was near my car and I could complete the 2 miles when I got home....I was TEMPTED.. But I continued on, I was already wet, and would have the laundry from this run I didn't want a second set of clothes to wash. What if I did not get the miles in I would be behind? There is a hill about 1 mile out that will be good for hill repeats next week, good to know :)

I passed a man with an umbrella the size of a small tent, it made me laugh inside.. There were a few runners out, all male, they were lucky... They did not have to worry about their makeup washing off and a soggy matted mess of ponytail hair. I looked LOVELY after the run!! Lucky for you I did not have a camera :)

Long Run tomorrow, I am going to bandit the Fleet Feet group...SSHHHH don't tell :)

  • Get out there and burn some doughnuts this weekend!!! And FYI if you are in the Seattle Area Top Pot is giving FREE Seahawks Doughnuts to people who come dressed in a Seahawks jersey... SCORE!! Go Hawks!!


H Love said...

so did you get your HILLS in? I am not sure what I am going to do for hills? I'll be in touch soon! Stay dry and warm today!

sandi said...

You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work.

RunningFromCancer said...

Doing what you need to do - yahoo! I must get outside and run. Home with pink eye (self diagnosed at this point - Dr. apt at 2:40) but that shouldn't keep me from running or biking.
Thanks for the motivation - off I go to change!

Unknown said...

Way to go for going out there in this rain! Your post is totally inspiring me to get back out there today and get drenched again!
If you are looking for hills - I am not sure how far you are from Steilacoom or from Chambers Bay - there are some nice hills there.
Have a great long run tomorrow!

Kerrie said...

Dude. The weather is all confused. I went out at lunch thinking I was safe, too, and got rained on.

I saw a PACK of runners heading onto our favorite work trail. They were all men and in running shorts and tank-top jerseys. Like race gear. Weird.

TNTcoach Ken said...

They sell Seahawk jerseys??????? HA

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

If you ever find yourself in LA I'll take you on a wicked 5 mile trail loop with a hill of death right in the middle. And it likely won't be raining, either.

Marlene said...

Good for you getting out for a lunch run AND exploring some new territory. EWWWW to the smoke. GAG, I hate that!

Have a great weekend!!!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

This post sounds like the "Marathon Mel". Turning away from temptation and continuing on your run!


Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

You should get extra doughnut points for running in the rain.

Ick at the smokers!!!! I pass a group of people who work at an assited living facility EVERY morning. They have a metal bucket attached to a stop sign for their ashes and butts. Their employer requires them to leave the property to smoke so they sit/stand along the road at the stop sign. And people think me running in all kinds of weather is odd!! (I'm dying to sneak a pic of them just so I can post about their bad habit!)

Enjoy your weekend!

Zoƫ said...

Ha ha ha! Sometimes the FAIL runs are the best...after the fact, that is.
Good job getting the miles in! And have fun being a ninja bandit runner!

Mike Russell said...

Way to stick out the last two. It is always tough in crappy weather to make that last little effort, at least for me.

Emz said...

"At the end of the day if we are able to inspire and delight those closest to us, then we have achieved more than most." - Tall Mom


Waving. Just. For. You.

Jamie said...

I remember one great run I had in the rain. It was awesome, but freezing. I had to warm up with a burning hot shower that felt like a normal temperature.

Sorry yours wasn't so memorable! Maybe it'll help you remember your hat next time! :)

Tortuga_Runner said...

I want a free donut...oh and a nice dirt trail near by.

Anonymous said...

Your such tough runner! Yay for finishing in the wetness!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your running Fails! But anytime you get out to run, it's really a success just for getting out there! Keep it up!

Terri said...

Way to finish an icky run! :) And boo to those smokers - they think we look odd???

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

you are such a strong runner! many people would have stopped. Hope your 12 miler today went well. Enjoy your weekend

Anonymous said...

Great job pushing yourself when all you wanted to do was stop! That takes a lot of determination!