The weather has been playing tricks with us this week, actually, it played tricks with me during the course of two hours as the temperature dropped over 15 degrees in about 20 minutes while I was on my long run! Lets start with that shall we?
I had a long run of 20 miles on Tuesday, my first long run in over 2 weeks, and I was looking forward to it. I started wearing a T-Shirt as it was not quite warm enough to justify running the streets of Philadelphia in a sports bra. By the time I got to Kelly Drive, I was rather warm, so I took it off, and tucked it into my sports bra. Side note: A man told me he could bounce a quarter off my abs a few minutes later, my head did swell a little, not gonna lie, that was one of the best compliments I have ever heard :)
Anyway, other than feeling a tired as I was running into the wind, I felt good, and was looking forward to the way back when the wind would be behind me. Suddenly the sky was very dark, and within two minutes the heavens opened. Not only did it start raining, but the wind decided it was time to change direction and spit darts at my entire body (that is what it felt like anyway). I stopped under a bridge to put my shirt back on, and started to run.....well, attempted to run, but it was almost impossible. I felt like a mole who had been dumped in the middle of a road in daylight, I could not see anything, and it was suddenly freezing. I stopped for a few seconds, whimpering (yep, like a child) as I thought about what I could do.....but what option did I have? I was eight miles away from home! Survive, just survive I thought to myself for the next 10 minutes, it was that bad, and I honestly thought I could be hit by a car, by falling off the sidewalk at any moment.
Eventually the rain calmed to a somewhat normal level, and the wind was back behind me. The rest of the run my legs were a little sore, my garmin decided it had enough of water and died, and some geese chased after me, not backing off even when I clapped and kicked my foot at it....Yes, I am sure the cars driving back were wetting themselves laughing at me. So all in all, a pretty uneventful run :P
Apologies, I did not mean to make one run take up half a book, so I will keep the rest of this short....as short as Tina and her rambles allow it to be.
The rest of the week was pretty uneventful. I had mostly recovery runs; some beautiful runs in the green, feeling a little tired, but definitely back to myself at least.
I had a workout on Friday which was not great. I hit my times, but just did not feel as good as I hoped I would. My stomach was really upset for most of it, and I made one pit stop in a port-a-john mid repeat at one point. Not sure why my stomach is upset so often recently.....peanut butter that morning maybe?
On the bright side, I recieved my first shipment of shoes from Saucony :) I have saved most of my pairs for the fall as I want to try out the Kinvara 5, but for now I have a stockpile of them......I think I have enough?
Have you ever experienced crazy weather like that on a run? Do Geese ever chase you down the street? If you have any tactics I would love to hear them!
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