Monday, July 18, 2011

Trails, explosions, and running in the rain.

When it comes to running outside I am a sissy. Bigtime. I will not run outside if the conditions are even slightly off. There are a couple of reasons for that, I'm terrified of falling, rain increases that risk. I've been reading all of these horror stories about running in the heat and increasing your core temperature.
Well Saturday morning came and I woke up at 6 a.m. came downstairs and saw that it was raining, in my groggy state, I went straight upstairs and back to bed. When I woke up at 8:30 I checked the weather, drizzling, cloudy, and 68?!?!?!? It's the middle of July in the middle of terrible heat waves and unbearable hotness, I couldn't pass up 68 and no sun! So I left for my run. The first couple of miles I was cautious, everything was really wet, and I did not want to fall. Than I finally realized I'm a nerd and it's awesome to run when it's raining. It was a great run, it didn't rain hard, more of a steady drizzle, and by the end it had stopped. I know I'm still a nerd, but I'm proud of myself.
Week 1 of marathon training was a success!
Miles: 40
Long Run: 14
Days run: 5

Sunday I went to the Silver Comet Trail. I've never been there and I wanted to check it out so I could come back for future long runs.
The trail is amazing, beautiful, and flat! Well the website says it's a 2% grade. It felt like less than that to me, but where I run now, it's hill after hill after steeper hill. Also, all that shade makes it really cool, even when it's 90 degrees out. I can't wait to run it, I was so jealous watching all the runners and bikers!

After the trail we went to the farmers market and got the standard. It's normal to eat 2.5lbs of baby spinach every week?

On the way home we saw this:
It was a Van on fire, maybe 10 cars up. It literally happened in front of us. The fire was huge and there was so much smoke, people started getting out of their cars and taking pictures. I stayed in my car and took pictures. It took like 10 min for the fire trucks to arrive (too long?) and they literally put out the fire in 5 seconds. As we drove by the van was completely burnt to a crisp, I've never seen anything like it. Luckily everyone got out safely and no one was hurt. I can't imagine how scary and traumatic that must have been.

How was your weekend?

Did you have a long run? When marathon training, what's your longest run?

Happy Monday! Here's to a busy week ahead!


  1. What a scary fire! I had a long run this weekend, but my mother in law is here so it was a little re-arranged. I had to start at 8 am outside and it was too hot, I had to cut the run short at 7 miles!

  2. Great run! Sometimes running in rain isn't so bad ;).

  3. Wow that's looks like a lot of traffic so maybe that's why they couldn't get there longer. Long run this weekend was 16 miles...and my training program goes up to 20 miles.