Every day now, I seem to be taking additional steps to shake the softness that has crept into my running life the past few years. It started far before the surgery, and every day seemed to pull me further and further from the athlete I used to be. For what seems like a long time now, I had been finding every excuse to NOT run, and I was settling into a life of comfort and leisure.
But the last few weeks, a spark has been ignited, and I am working my way out of this comfort zone and back into the life of a runner. The knee surgery was a success, and I've worked my way back to being the runner of passion that I used to be. It was very hard at first, a quarter mile peppered into my walks, then, as I tested the waters more, the running started to come back slowly. I've been answering the 4:50 AM call to hit the roads about every day, and though I have a long way to go, I am now going to bed every night expecting to start the next day with a run.
This morning, I added a new level to the discomfort, doing something I once never thought twice about, and in fact, looked forward to. This morning, for the first time in forever, I did a run in the rain. It took me by surprise. I didn't even know it was raining until I opened the front door to go for my run. I didn't even reconsider for a fraction of a second. I was out, playing in it right away.
I have written about the virtues of running in the rain in the past. I love doing it, once I'm out in it. It's invigorating, refreshing, and it always leaves a warm memory once completed. SO while I was running and thinking, I came up with the top five reasons for running in the rain.
5) You don't have to carry water
4) You don't need to take a shower when you're done.
3) Your running route is suddenly your triathlon route
2) No worries about getting a Farmer's Tan
And the Number 1 reason to enjoy a run in the rain.
1) You don't have to hold your pee until you finish. Who will know?
Think about that the next time you try to talk yourself out of a run in the rain!