Tonight on my way home from work I was second guessing if I were to run or not because it was pouring down rain. Here was my thought process “I don't feel like getting wet, but I want to run, I ran in frigid winter temperatures with sleet and ice this is nothing.”
The farther I drove and closer to home I got I decided I would just ride my indoor bike on the trainer and then I saw him.
I was sitting at the light ready to turn and a elderly man who I see regularly was riding his bike in the rain with all his gear on! He never drives, never my husband knows him through the running club. He rides his bike day or night, rain or shine, ice or heat. His bike has two big containers on the front wheel on both sides and the back tire as well. That is where he puts all his stuff he needs depending on where he goes. I said “that's it your running!”
I have been wanting a running hat for quite a while, so I made a be line to a running store down the street. Its strictly for women. Its so expensive, but I love their stuff.
I bought a rain jacket that is so lite and it had a hood, plus a pretty pink hat! I was ready darn it! If that guy could ride all the time, I can do this without grumbling. I mean really, I love to run so why hesitate?
So, I head out in the rain with my music on and carbed up. I ended up running 3.42 miles in 40 minutes. I was beat. I felt really good starting out, but did a lot of hills that usually does me in fast. I had the jacket off by the time I finished. I was so hot and the rain didn't bug me at all.
I am so happy I did it, nothing like having all the stress of the day to disappear and to feel so good about yourself. Maybe one day I'll meet that sweet old man who inspired me to get out and take care of myself regardless of the weather.
What did you do today? Did the weather interfere with your workout?
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