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August 24, 2010

Rain and Hills. Hills and Rain. And Repeat.

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I started this post — and finished it — Monday afternoon but I forgot to post it! Oops. So yet again my apologizes for any time discrepancies.  I did add an addendum at the end for today though 🙂

I have (had?) been so lucky this summer with regards to rainfall.  I was in control of scheduling my own time and I still worked at the gym so I had a free membership if I ever felt the need to hit up the TM in inclement weather.

I guess now that I’m a real adult I don’t have that luxury anymore.  I know I gushed about how nice the weather had been for my Saturday long run but I guess I jinxed myself as Sunday it POURED.  I woke up after having been out on the town to the sounds of heavy rain.  Ugh. Normally since it was a Sunday and I didn’t have to be anywhere I would have just rolled over and done my run later in the day.

But I checked the weather (because I’m a spoiled brat and can do it from my phone without having to move at all) and it was suppose to clear up — maybe — late in the day.  But until then: heavy rain and possible thunderstorms.

I wish that it had been as gentle and pleasant looking out as this!

I also had a TON of errands to run as well as work on my application.  So I rolled out of bed at 0830 and, because I’ve turned into a sloth as of late, I logged onto my computer to map out a road run.  I’ve decided that the weekends are going to be exploring runs and weekdays will continue to be my familiar path.

Now I’m always hesitant to run routes that I’ve mapped and haven’t yet driven or scoped out.  You never know if the roads actually still exist (there definitely have been routes that I’ve gone out to do only to discover that it’s simply not there anymore!) or what the conditions of the road are or if it’s really traffic-y (I remember once I mapped out a route that ended up taking me on the highway.  No I didn’t actually run on the highway but it was scary to be like…ummm this is it?).

And while I’m really good with directions getting lost is a very real and distinct possibility.  Again, I remember a 14 miler that I planned out and then missed a turn making the route end up being a little over 18. Normally I’d bring a something with directions on it because it was pouring out bringing any type of paper with the route would get ripped up.  I still brought it but it was essentially useless.  But peace of mind and all that.

Okay enough set-up?  You guys should know by now how I like to ramble 🙂

Like I said it was really heavy rain when I started. The rain would let up and then pour off and on during the course of the whole run but once I was thoroughly soaked (which was about .000001 seconds into it) the rain didn’t really matter anymore.  Plus once your shoes are soaked and feet are wet there really isn’t any more discomfort you can get really. It was a bit annoying to have my clothes matted to me but because I live in a community that has some values, I kept my clothes on.

I even started to enjoy the run a bit.  Rain will always take getting used to. But like there comes that point where you are too wet to care.  And that’s when puddle jumping comes in.  And let me tell you: you will feel like a kid again.  Quite possibly one of the greatest feelings ever. That and muddy runs

Look at the sheer joy on their faces!

One of the not so greatest feelings ever? Running massive hills when you aren’t used to them.

OMFG hills. Like 90* incline hills.

Coutesy of GoogleImages

I know that picture is an exaggeration but just slightly.  I really would wager that, and I don’t really know anything about percent grades for hills, it was at least 60* to the horizontal. And let’s just say that there were more than one that I had to do.  I’d estimate that over the whole 9.2 miles about 5 of them were hills.  And that’s being conservative.

Hopefully I find the $$ to register for Boston whenever it opens up because these hills in my area are ri-donk-u-lous. Totally made my plans for a recovery run go wayyy out the window because there was no way a hilly mountainous 9.2 miles qualifies as recovery.  And they were done at an 8:40ish pace which for the terrain was flying!

I also was able to run by the river and explore a bit of the local park area.  Which was nice.  I’m sure it would have been nicer if there hadn’t been so much rain.

— Side note — where are all the hardcore runners in my area?! Sundays typically are long run days right? I think I saw TWO other runners out.  And it was in the early-ish morning too!

The rain totally ruined the whole sightseeing experience because I do live in a quaint little old city.  Some of the streets/sidewalks are bricks and all that jazz.

Something else to note: that ankle/shin/calf soreness I talked about last time? Totally cleared up after running on the roads for two days.  So my legs need to HTFU and get used to the pathway that will likely be my weekday runs!

It was also expected to downpour today/this morning (Monday) but the time I wanted to get out for my run (I left my apartment at 0545) I must have caught a break in the storm because it wasn’t raining.  The rain started up during the last mile or so of my good old standby route (gosh it feels good to be able to say I have a standby route!) but even then it was NOTHING like Sunday.  And again I didn’t see many runners out and about.

Which clearly and totally made me feel hardcore.  That and I was passing the peeps who were out left and right.  That felt damn good.  My overall pace was still iffy: my legs are still getting used to this whole running  earlier than I’m used to thing.  I still managed to eek out those 8.2 miles in about an 8:35 pace.

I had wanted to make these miles the recovery ones I should have done yesterday…and I guess I kind of did? The 8:30-8:45 pace range has settled into my typical easy pace and the path I’m running on now is really flat.  So long run, hills, recovery run? Sounds like someone needs to commit to a race sometime soon!

I’m also apparently an idiot and cannot read a schedule so my 0530 wake up call was for nothing.  I guess there are clinic hours this Monday (the schedule is definitely weird because only the fourth Monday of each month has clinic rather than every Monday) so I didn’t have to go in until 1100.  Bummer.  But I got to get some errands and to-do stuff done.  So it’s not terrible.  Still annoying though! Especially since I tend to not be able to make up sleeping hours elsewhere (ie through naps or oversleeping other days).

But enough! Hope everyone is having a great start to their week.  I think I am (I’m writing this post a few hours before it’ll go up so I can’t say with 100% accuracy haha) as I’m only in week two of my new “real” life and things are still exciting.  I’m sure it’ll be a stressful day too as the girl I’ve replaced is 100% gone so it’s 100% me today but I’m feeling confident that I’ll figure my way out 🙂

P.S. & Totally Random: As I sit here typing this (Monday morning before work) I am drinking a glass of milk out of a bud light glass.  Classy, no?


Addendum: So I guess I forgot to post the above yesterday? Well I won’t write too much more but I figured I’d take advantage and write about my post on Tuesday morning.  This morning I actually knew what time I have to be at work and allowed myself t sleep in until 0745! Woot! My alarm was set for 0800 but I hate just laying in bed when I *know* I have to get up.

Especially, and I really don’t know what’s gotten into my brain lately as these tend to be REALLY rare occurrences, but I had another “wake up with a smile” dream.I can’t for the life of me remember what it was about but apparently it was good?

But get up I did.  And I ran my usual.  I’m starting to think that on Tuesday / Thursday (when I don’t have to go into clinic until noon or so) I might keep exploring the city as I tend to leave my apartment around 0800.  And that time feels safer than 0530.  Granted one must always be alert when running but there are more people and traffic out later so veering off the path might be nice.

Nothing too stellar about the run.  It was neither a slow nor fast 8.2.  Around an 8:43 pace. Okay so not “around” because I just calculated that 🙂

I got passed by some runners and passed others.  The rain and cool temps continued into today (after my run on Monday it poured all day) so it was quite humid out.  And by rain I mean mist.  So it wasn’t too bad. My brain wasn’t really into the run so it passed quickly despite the first two miles going so slowly.  Somewhere between miles 2 and 3 my legs found a rhythm and I went into autopilot.

And while my legs weren’t feeling the freshest ever I did manage to negative split the run by 1 minute and 1 second. Awesomeness.

Now I sit here doing some (application) work before going into (real) work.  And, like yesterday, I’m drinking my milk from a bud light glass.  Guess I’m starting a tradition here — oh the things you can do without batting an eye as a 23 year old haha 🙂


  1. Beer glasses do count as fine china under the age of 25. This is fact.

    I don’t mind running in the rain. But it seems every time I have a chance of that happening, it turns into the worst storm of all time. And forces me inside anyways… blah!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 24, 2010 @ 10:13

  2. I can do rainy runs until about eight miles, and then I get pretty annoyed with the precipitation. I hope you get used to the hills – some hills are great training, but I find that the super-steep ones are just a huge pain in the ass and don’t do anything except slow me down! But maybe you can use your super-jacked long legs to power up them. Fueled by beer-milk!

    Comment by sarah — August 24, 2010 @ 10:16

    • I usually get annoying with precipitation. It tends to wax and wane though during runs. And beer-milk is totally the athletes fuel 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 24, 2010 @ 19:28

  3. We have gotten hit with some serious rain in the last week too. I like a little at the tail end of a run once you are out, but once your shoes are soaked and squishing with every step, I am usually done.
    Sounds like you have some quality hills to get you ready for Boston, you are my hero! Bridges here are my hills, and I like to avoid them like the plague!

    Comment by Stephanie — August 24, 2010 @ 10:24

  4. At least you aren’t sipping beer out of a Bud Light glass on a Tuesday morning before work.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 24, 2010 @ 11:32

    • Hahaha true! And hopefully I continue to love my job so that it doesn’t come to that!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 24, 2010 @ 19:29

  5. It’s been pouring down here too! And it keeps changing it’s mind, sunny/pouring.. I’m sure it’s just trying to soak everyone!

    Comment by Laura — August 24, 2010 @ 11:54

  6. You really need a Garmin!

    Great run though 😉

    Comment by Matt — August 24, 2010 @ 12:28

  7. At least you’re drinking milk. I hate milk.

    The rain, oh the rain! It’s not been my friend this week either.

    Comment by Jaime — August 24, 2010 @ 12:32

  8. I don’t know how you run 8.2 miles every morning! I just don’t have enough time! I would be getting up at 4:30am to run 8 miles and still get to work by 7am! lol That would be really rough in the winter time!

    i actually love getting up early on my day off (or for you the days you go in later). I just feel so accomplished because I get stuff done! But it does suck not getting the extra sleep!

    Comment by J — August 24, 2010 @ 13:02

    • I’m lucky and I get to go to work a but later than you 🙂 And yes to still getting up early on later “to do” start days (does that phrase even make sense?!). I love feeling accomplished!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 24, 2010 @ 19:30

  9. I’ve had some very rainy runs. Heavy clothes is the most annoying part, but they’re never as bad as I think they’re going to be…unless it’s cold, which just sucks.

    Comment by Jess — August 24, 2010 @ 13:19

    • It’s definitely been cold rain. At least 61* feels way cold because it’s August! I wish that it was summer rain and I could just go in minimal clothing. And I definitely think the anticipation of the rainy weather is the worst and totally agree that rainy runs aren’t truly as bad as I think.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 24, 2010 @ 19:31

  10. Rainy runs are fun as long as they don’t happen toooo frequently. Then they just become a huge nuisance — all those wet clothes and sneakers! Good luck with all the hills — you’re going to have built-in strength training on every run! Talk about killing two birds with one stone there.

    Comment by sweatykid — August 24, 2010 @ 13:37

  11. Hahah to the milk and Bud Light – I’d do that too, I have my favorite class and all liquid beverages work!! Nice job on the 90 degree hill run :). I hope you (and ME) finds the funds for Boston, too! October 18th….start saving!!!

    Comment by Jill — August 24, 2010 @ 15:00

    • Is the opening of Boston really that late? Yay for more time to save!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 24, 2010 @ 19:32

  12. lol love the pictures you chose. and not only are you bad a$$ for running all those hills but your a$$ will also be bada$$ from them 🙂 hehehehe.

    i’m kinda loving the rain. FALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Lacey — August 24, 2010 @ 15:14

    • I’ll love fall when it gets here. Rain? NEVER! hahahaha. And I love your logic on my @ss and my badass status 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 24, 2010 @ 19:33

  13. Great job in the rain and on the hills. See? I told you you were top dog–and classy too!

    Comment by Marcia — August 25, 2010 @ 09:16

  14. The worst part about running in the rain is when I come home and have to deal with all my soggy clothes and shoes. I can do without that.

    But you’re right – puddle jumping is fun 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — August 25, 2010 @ 09:51

  15. I like running in the rain as long as there’s no lightning which NEVER happens here. Boston here you come…

    Comment by thefoodrunner — August 25, 2010 @ 11:11

    • Haha. I’ve run in lightning before and it’s sooooo scary. Instant speed work!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 25, 2010 @ 17:05

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