Friday, June 19, 2009

The art of racing in the rain

I waited all day today for the storm to hit. We've had all these forecast of these huge thunderstorms that are supposed to be coming by and what's actually happened has been nothing but a drizzle. But finally, after a gross, humid, hot morning and afternoon, finally the clouds broke open and that was my cue to go do one of my favorite things ever: run in the rain.

When I stepped out my door it was a light drizzle, but soon there was a full on downpour in progress. Honestly, I can't think of anything more amazing....cruising along with raindrops hitting your face, the only sounds of the rain on the ground and the sound of your breath, your feet splashing through puddles, not caring how fast you're going, or how far, or about anything, because it's raining and it's glorious. I didn't even bring a watch because that's not what this run was was simply about savoring every single moment of this fantastic thing that I've somehow gotten to be able to do. The only people I saw for the entire 7.5 miles were two little girls standing on a bridge I run under, doing the YMCA dance and cheering for me - how cool is that? And on I went, again, grinning randomly and looking up to the sky, so thankful for this fantastic rain storm, and this fantastic run. When I run in the rain, I honestly feel like I'll never be tired, like I can fly. I think if I have have the chance to race in the rain - real rain, not some drizzle - I'll set some kind of PR I can't even imagine. There really is just nothing like it...everything just leaves my mind besides how much I'm enjoying what I'm doing and how amazing it really is. As cheesy as it may sound, I honestly think that there are few things in life that make me feel as alive as running in the rain...and I will never stop being thankful for that. :)

Also, if you haven't watched this short video, you should...I think it beautifully sums up the simplicity and the total joy of running.

Onwards from AKQA on Vimeo.

And on a completely unrelated note, plans for the WTC Beer Mile are in full swing! :)


lindsay said...

i assume you know of the book to have picked this post title? i just read a review about it on another runner's blog and i am def gonna have to get it ("the art of racing in the rain"). have you read it? or just happened to pick the same title? (jw)

HurdlingHam said...

i have read the book - i really liked it! though i was hoping the 'racing' they refer to would be running and not car racing...but still a lot of great stuff. and i love dogs so i liked the whole dog narrator thing too. i definitely recommend it!

haha yeah, and while i was running i thought of that book and was like, that would make a good title for my blog post about this run :P

Amy said...

That's really cool you still went out for a run in the pouring down rain. Kudos to you. And pretty neat you had some cute little cheerleaders along the way ;)