August 20, 2012

Running in the rain

First off, The Long Run. It deserves to be capitalized because it was tough as nails, the really thick and long kind. First, we followed the wrong group after the first water stop. Who are those people who started with us at 5:30 a.m. just to veer off after a mile? So tricky. That's when planning in advance would have come in handy, but I changed my plans at about 11 p.m. the night before, which meant that the group run which was previously out was now in. So I didn't look at the map, but I made sure to be on time so that I didn't have to play catch up. Well that plan went out the window. Not only did we have to try and catch up, but we had to trek back up a hill down which we had followed the decoy long-run group. Thank goodness for my running partner and her determination to keep trucking, or I might have given up at mile one. 

We finally caught up to some ladies from the group who had the route map (it changes every week) memorized. Seriously, they quoted half of the instructions (there were lots and lots and lots of turns) with no problems while I typed into my notes app. Just another reason that I'm happy that I always run with my phone. There is no way that my long-run brain, even two miles in, would have retained that information. Next time, no matter what time I decide that the run is on, I am looking at the map (on my computer because my phone won't pull up the mapping program they use, weaksauce). Seems so simple, yet I manage to keep messing that one up. 

So once we were finally running in the right direction and managing a decent pace, the rain started. I thought, that's fine because it's just a slight sprinkle. And five minutes later that thought turned into, I can't see because of the giant rain drops in my eyeballs, and I'm pretty sure that was lightning that just struck right beside my foot. Later I learned that people in the group had stopped running because of the lightning. I'm glad I didn't know that I should be worried (I mean I wasn't in a swimming pool, unless you count how full of water my shoes were) because I most definitely would have used that as an excuse to cut the run short. 

Still trucking along, we found another group that was hitting up the same mileage and pace we were, so we started tagging along with them. Somewhere in there we also ran some serious hill-age as the lightning buzzed past our cheeks. If soggy shoes won't tire you out, hills plus soggy shoes will. About halfway through, I knew we weren't going to make our goal pace for the day (8:57), and honestly, I was just happy to be finishing. Period. My feet were soaked and blistering, and the first two toenails on each foot felt like goners. We ended on a good note though, working hard the last mile and finishing our 18 miles in 2:46. Pretty good for a crappy day. The one bright spot was that it was not as hot as it has been. Yay for rain clouds blocking out the sun.

My awesome running-in-the-rain tips/observations:

* Short runs in the rain are fun and exciting, like an adventure. Long runs in the rain may make you want to saw off your legs. 

* Completely soaked shoes are really heavy. Take time to thoroughly complain about this to everyone who will listen. Fellow runners love that. And you might as well start splashing in puddles for fun. 

* Everywhere that you never chafed before will now chafe. Cover your entire body in Body Glide, or just take a pillow into the shower with you so that you can scream into it as the water pounds the chafiness. 

* Sunglasses are totally useless against rain pellets. Hats might help. The best option is to just close your eyes and follow the voice of your running partner. 

* If you get thirsty, just let the rain rivers on your face drip into your mouth. CamelBaks not needed. 

And in the not-running sphere, we celebrated the first day of school today. In honor of the occasion, we finally cut the shag. 


He was really not happy about all the hair bits getting into his mouth. He tried repeatedly spitting them out, hence the spit bib on his shirt. Because I know he would never want to forget the night before second grade started, I still made him take an after picture.

By the next morning, he had forgotten how awful it was.



Today was my daughter's first day at a new school, so we tried our hardest to embarrass her. My hanging out the window during the crowded carpool and yelling for her to turn around so we could take her picture (all in my pajamas, no bra, and unbrushed hair) totally worked. Point for Team Mom. 


What do you do when it starts to rain during a run? 

Would you go inside when lightning starts during a run?

What's your favorite way to embarrass your children or friends?

33 comments:

  1. I always remember how embarrassed I was by my mom (this still happens from time to time). I think it is a right of passage... so I won't feel so bad when I embarrass my kids some day. Haha. Your daughter is still smiling instead of shooting a scowl so I doubt she was as embarrassed as you think :)

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  2. Way to rock star it out on the long run! You and your kids crack me up. If I ever have offspring I hope I have the same approach as you do:).

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  3. We live in a rural community where a lot of families have well water. So the schools PTA and an area dentist sponsor monthly floride rinse for the grade school students. So I was one of the mothers who with my neighbor would go to the school and dispense floride. You had to make it fun because the kids had to stand and swish the floride around for 1 minute. So when ever it was our turn, we would dress up and make it fun. Once we dress up in tu-tu's, wings and a wand. The Tooth Fairies! Once we dressed Hawaiian, once time as football players in honor of super bowl. My kids said that they were so embarrassed. But I really think that they all had fun!

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  4. Lisa, glad you are learning about the "long run group" in the Ham. That's where 100 people meet with scripted instructions so that they can immediately rebel and create countless subgroups who deviate as to: 1- mileage, 2-pace, and 3-route. Keep coming back and you will catch on. The kids look great.

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    1. Thank you for knowing EXACTLY what I am talking about. I felt like I was kind of going a little crazy because I couldn't quite figure out what was going on every week.

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    2. But I still love the group! Much better than a solo, winging-the-fluids run. I just have to plan to be totally independent of any other runners every week and count it as lucky if I actually end up running with people.

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  5. I live in WA, and it always rains. It is just like "whatevs." I'd take rain over hot any day. :)

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    1. True that! Even though it was extra taxing on the legs to carry soggy shoes, at least I didn't want to vomit from heat stroke.

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  6. I love the question 'would you go inside if lightening strikes during a run'. YES OF COURSE I WOULD :) I ran in the rain in the UK all the time, it's part of life. So I like running in CA very much where I rarely have to. The Husband and I got caught in a hail storm during a 20 mile race years ago...it hurt SO much!!!

    Loved the hair cut photos too!!! Your children are so sweet!

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    1. Ouch, ouch, ouch. Now I am forming a mental plan for if I ever get caught in a hail storm. The plan includes rolling myself under a parked car. Californians have the best weather and running scenery. Luckies!

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  7. Wow, way to push through. I would have definitely used the lightening as an excuse to cut my run short:) I always wear a hat in the rain and I don't even notice it:) I have plenty of rain experience since I am in Seattle:) My kids don't start school for another 2 weeks! Ahhh, I'm ready!

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  8. Wohoooo we actually finished! My feet hurt SO bad by the way. They are raw. I went and bought some Epsom salt and am soaking them tonight along with doctoring all my blisters. Ouch. I'm still so mad we didn't take a picture at the end as proof that we are crayzay. Probably bc I couldn't think right when we finished. Thanks for navigating us!

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    1. Oddly, my heart rate monitor (the strap around the torso kind) gave me the worst chafing, and it has never bothered me before. What are you doing to your blisters?? I'm just ignoring mine and hoping that they go away. Doctoring them sounds more helpful!

      I was thinking the same thing. Why do I keep forgetting to take pictures? Maybe because it's dark when we start and I'm totally spaced out at the finish. Next time we are getting some pictures!

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  9. You hit the nail on the head when you said a short run in the rain is kinda like an adventure but anything longer than a few miles is torture! It's nice to know I'm not the only one who screams in the shower when the hot water finds all the little places you chafed. Here's to a great long run this next week!

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  10. I like running in the rain, but once the droplets start to feel like little needles, I head inside.

    As for embarrassing my son, it doesn't take much. Usually it is totally unintentional, like when I sing senseless songs to myself or dance. I can't blame him for wanting to distance himself from me in those instances.

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    1. Singing and dancing moms are always an instant childhood mortifier!

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  11. Love your blog, and your kids are cute as buttons! Wish I had run an 18 miler for my LR this weekend - alas, only 12. I bookmarked you!

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  13. We woke up late on Saturday and were just heading out the door when the rain started. Had we already been out, we probably would have stuck it out. But seeing as we weren't yet committed, we totally chickened out. We did, however, do the P90X plyometrics workout instead. I've had a hard time moving my legs much since. Oh and I always wear a hat when raining in the run (the ONLY time I will ever wear a hat, short hair + hat = looks like a boy), and I scream like a little girl when the shower water hits the chafing. Good job sticking out your run!

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    1. Ew, I heard those P90X workouts are hard. Anytime I do any other motion that shuffling my legs in a run, I can't climb stairs without pain for a week. Sad. You guys definitely made a good choice staying away from the lightning and puddles.

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  14. The haircut pics are HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. Awwa... back to school. So sweet!

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  15. Heh, we run in the rain a LOT here in Seattle :) Hats are key and avoiding puddles are a must. I slogged the last mile of my first 13.1 after clomping in an unavoidable puddle. Squish squish squish: awful!

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    1. Yes, the puddles are deadly! I couldn't stay out of them on Saturday. Crappy roads plus rain, you know. All of you Washington state folks are awesome that you are totally cool with rain all the time. Hardcore!

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  16. Love reading about your long runs. I've been meaning to join our local running club and I've been intimidated because I'm so new (and slow). Bit I'm training for my first full marathon and I think it will help with the long runs.

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    1. Our local running club has been great, and there is every type of runner you might hope to find -- fast, slow, medium, they're all there. You should totally check yours out. I've met a lot of great people through our club.

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  17. You've got guts running in that weather, girlfriend! I'd have been back to the car once the lightening started! Love the haircut! It looks great! I always say, what are kids for if not to be your personal butler and to embarrass the crap out of?! Ha!

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  18. I don't mind running in the rain, but I don't know about lightening. I've never enjoyed that experience. I would probably curl up in a ball and whimper. :) Cute first-day-of-school pix!

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  19. All my attempts to "go rogue" during group runs have ended badly. I have zero sense of direction. And, once lost (i've followed the wrong group before, too!), I find that I have zero willpower to find my way back, on my own.

    If I'm running with others when the lightning starts, I keep running. Isn't that where "safety in numbers" applies? No? oops.

    Love that last pic of your daughter. I'm sure her embarassment was a welcome distraction from any apprehension she felt. You did good, momma. :)

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    1. At some point I figure that I will definitely know where I'm going by feel or experience. But nope. That never happens.

      Maybe if you are the shortest person (which usually I am!) in your running group, the safety in lightning numbers increase in your favor.

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  20. running in the rain is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!!! I even will take the heavy rain! ha I know i'm crazy. that before/after haircut pic is classic. he will love you one day for it!

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  21. I love running in the rain! But maybe not a super long run- you are hard core, Yo Momma! You're right, the chafing drama is heightened with all that water. Ouch.

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  22. Ran my only full marathon in pouring down rain last Dec. not fun at all. Agree with all of your post run observations. Especially the wet shoes sloshing around. No fun!

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  23. " Everywhere that you never chafed before will now chafe." so, so, so true.

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