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October 3, 2009

Soaked to the bone

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:33

I finally feel like I’m drying out from my run this morning.  Yes, I know I wrote yesterday that I would likely take today off, but the weather conditions made it too good an opportunity to pass up testing what I can handle.

First recap of last night: Sadly my roomie did not hit 1000.  She’s now about 5 shy but the team did win so the mood was not sour because we came from behind to win.  After the game I went to hang out with the birthday girl which was way fun.  She’s over the whole “let’s get as drunk as possible” phase of her life (some of my friends, however, aren’t) so she was actually coherent and the party was a blast.  We went to the before-dance keg that the Programming Council sponsored which was sick because we got THREE free beers.  Pretty sick.  There was also a photo booth, and once the pics get scanned they will be posted because they are hilarious!

Due to the combination of shenanigans and my body’s uncanny way of getting me up early, I got very little sleep last night.  Just enough to cover the basic sleep need but no more.  Unfortunately when you’re as sleep deprived as me just enough isn’t nearly enough.  The hours I did get though were deep, I think the rain over the night helped a lot.

Too bad it didn’t STOP raining by the morning.  When I got up I checked to see what the day would look like.  Yes I know that I did this last night/yesterday but sometimes the weather people get things wrong, you know? But boo, rain all morning/afternoon with the chance of thunderstorms.  I checked the Doppler (yup major dork alert) and the t-storms didn’t look like they would hit me (and so no one worries, during my run I never once heard thunder / saw lighting).  What I did experience was something akin to a monsoon during the first half of the run.

Okay so maybe not monsoon as I’ve never experienced one but it was torrential rain.  Like so hard it actually hurt at some points.  On the route that I chose there was a point where  I could’ve taken a left and shortened the run (and finish nice and dry at the gym) or take a right and complete the 11.5 mile route originally wanted.  And, like it’s any surprise, I chose the later.

I think it’s because I’m constantly trying to see how far, how strong, how tough I am.  I need to prove something to myself almost each and every time I do something (and not just in running either).  It’s not that I lack self esteem or am insecure or anything (although I do confess to moments like that) but it’s a compulsion.  I’m not even competing against others really (although it does feel nice to beat someone in anything heh). Just me against myself.  And that’s why I found myself pushing through the driving rain.

Which really wasn’t so bad once my feet were soaked – maybe after the first mile? Haha.  But the heavy rain did let up so that the steady regular rain that followed it felt like a light drizzle.  Oh relativity! And there was even a point where it felt like the sun was trying to break through and the dark sky turned to more of a light gray.  It’s the little things in life really.

And, because I really do like to push myself, I ended up with 14.2 miles.  Every single one in the rain.  If it’s any consolation the temperature was 62* by the end of the run.  So at least I wasn’t freezing the whole time.  Again, the little things. And just to prove how bamf I am: I was the only person out running.  Go figure.

And I don’t really know how I look when I’m running.  Especially in the weather that was this morning.  But I am 100% positive that I do not look good enough to honk and holler at.  Yet 6 cars did that.  At first I thought they were annoyed that I was on the road but I’m fairly sure that for most of those I was carefully on the shoulder, especially after my feet got soaked and I didn’t care about getting wet.  Interesting…

Also interesting, yet no means nice, is my body.  I think all the lack-of-sleep, running-so-much etc. has caught up to me because I can feel a really bad cold coming on.  At every vertebrae I feel chilly and achy and it’s slowly extending into my joints.  Please someone tell me that this is just an after-effect of being sopping wet and NOT a cold or, god-forbid, the flu!

But I am chilly even when in a suffocatingly hot room: I went to my friend’s dance co preview today and the dance studio was hot and humid but I couldn’t bring myself to take off my sweatshirt because I was chilled. Which is weird because I was hot too and felt like the air was so heavy that it was hard to breathe.  GAAAAH. I know I’ve been asking for lots of good vibes lately but if you any left: I really would like to not be sick anytime soon.

It’s prolly nothing and all in my head.  I could use a spa week or something! Definitely going to be a low-key night: try to get a little work done, drink lots of apple cinnamon tea, read some more of Born to Run then go see Up which is the Baachus movie tonight.

Guess I’ve got a lot on my mind because I definitely didn’t set out to write so much 🙂

Before I go Mary awarded me the Kreativ Blogger award.   Sweet deal, so now I will tell you 7 things about me. 

  1. I am the oldest of 6 children (all from 1 marriage and all names start with the letter K)
  2. I played varsity basketball and varsity volleyball all 4 years of high school but stopped after graduation
  3. I ran track for my freshman and junior years of high school.  Freshman year was sprints &  jumps while junior year was distance (because all my friends were on the distance team)
  4. Under ripe fruit = heaven
  5. I only eat instant oats.  And most of the time half the packet gets eaten before the water boils so I have to add another packet.
  6. This past January I was almost admitted to the hospital for cellulitis and a really bad staph infection in my toe.  Luckily I was able to receive all the IV antibiotics as an outpatient but waaaaaaaaay scary.  The toe is still purple.
  7. I only get sick once a year but when I do, it’s a doozy.

And I tag:

  1. Taydor Tott
  2. Matt
  3. Emily
  4. Kathleen
  5. Liz
  6. Jess
  7. Lacey

But really I love reading these things so even though I’m limited to 7 I really want everyone who reads this to do it 🙂


  1. Uh oh, I’m tagged!

    Yeah, I only get really sick once a year or so. Sometimes I get a mild cold that doesn’t interfere much.

    Comment by runjess — October 3, 2009 @ 19:08

  2. Eww it’s been raining here all day too!! Major congrats to you for sticking it on in the rain, I definitely hit the gym and treadmill instead of heading outside. And I loooooove underripe bananas!

    Comment by Michelle — October 3, 2009 @ 19:25

  3. Thanks for the tag!

    I hope you aren’t getting sick. I actually haven’t been sick in three years. I son’t care if I get sick this year as long as it is after Sunday!

    Comment by Matt — October 3, 2009 @ 19:48

  4. You eat raw instant oats? That is kinda strange. Though, clearly now I must try it. Way to go with the rain running! I actually like running in the rain if it isn’t too cold, but I don’t like it when my feet get so wet they make splooshy sounds. Distracting.

    Comment by Katerina — October 3, 2009 @ 20:01

  5. Raw instant oats. Ewww. You probably got honks because they thought you were crazy/hard core for running in torrential rain. Hope you get warmed up and aren’t truly sick.

    Comment by Chelsea — October 4, 2009 @ 09:31

  6. Thanks for the tag- I LOVE under-ripe fruits too, esp. bananas!

    Comment by Kathleen — October 4, 2009 @ 10:51

  7. Checking the Doppler is hardcore! There is something about running in the rain and pushing thru it … you’re already soaked so why not bang out more miles. Congrats on the 14.2 in crummy conditions.

    Comment by a marathoner — October 4, 2009 @ 15:15

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