Lessons Learned From Running in a Flood

Okay, so my computer is definitely dead. I’m reduced to borrowed computer time, so don’t expect my posts to be any more regular than they were before I jaunted off to Idaho. But, in the meantime, I thought I’d share some thoughts I had while running Wednesday morning.

Anyone from the DC area probably knows that Wednesday morning was not the best time to go running. It was pouring rain, and pretty much every river, lake, stream, creek, drainage ditch, and kiddie pool was contributing to Aqua-pocalypse (hey, it worked for Snowpocalypse!). But hey, I wanted to go running! And it’s not like there was lightning and a tornado watch like last week (double oops). So here are lessons learned in the half hour that I slogged and high-kneed it through my course.

1.) You never know how deep muddy water is. This may sound very Zen… until you end up shin-deep in water and your eyes get very wide.

2.) Run like you’re running barefoot, even if you’re not. Actually, I had this driven home 2 weeks ago while berry-picking when I drove a sharp stick all the way through the soles of my sneakers. Yeah, I was present enough to feel it puncture the insole, so it didn’t get too far into my foot, but if I’d really been walking like I was barefoot, I wouldn’t have stepped on it in the first place.

3.) Heavy rains are the best way to get the roads almost completely to yourself. Seriously, there weren’t even any squirrels crazy enough to be out there with me.

4.) Not crazy, dedicated.

5.) Tree branches sag when they are heavy with extra water from the rain. When the rain is heavy, bigger branches sag. Leaves can cover up larger branches that aren’t moved by simply brushing with one hand ahead of your face.

6.) The human face is remarkably resilient.

7.) I really don’t bruise on my face, even though I bruise everywhere else to easily.

8.) Seriously, I’m not crazy, I just don’t like to miss a run.

9.) After the first 2-5 minutes in the rain, you’re saturated. You’re not going to get any wetter, so you may as well stay out as long as it takes to finish.

10.) I actually really like running in the rain. Yes, Wednesday was ridiculous, and some of those raindrops were big enough to hurt, but I’d choose rain over full sun pretty much any day.

11.) Yes, raindrops can hurt.

12.) Again, not crazy. Dedicated. Seriously.

Coming up next time I get some blogging time: I’m starting my first Whole 30.

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