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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wet, wet run

I decided around lunch time that my legs were feeling up to a run, so I had Hubs pick our daughter up from daycare, and headed straight home and out the door for a run.

I was testing out a new route, starting close to our house, running down to the river trail, along the river trail and back. I figured it would be a good route for us to take with the jogging stroller that wouldn't require us to drive anywhere.

About a half mile into my run, the skies opened up. There was thunder, there was torrential rains, there were puddles. I was doing a sort of Urban Trail Run, jumping onto lawns and dodging slick slate sidewalks. I considered turning back. Safety might have dictated doing so. But I was already out, and already soaked. So I pushed on, and by the end of mile one, the rain had tapered off.

I was DRENCHED. Water was running down my legs, dripping off the visor of my hat, and squishing in my shoes.

The sun came out a little while after that. By then I had reached the River Trail, and was running along a really gorgeous path, which was almost completely shaded by huge trees. The path was definately hillier than the canal path I'm used to running on, but that'll be good for my training.

My calves bothered me for about the first 2, maybe 2.5 miles. So I was running really slowly. Weirdly they stopped bothering me after I did my walk break at my turn around at 2.5 miles.

I even remembered to pause my workout for my walk break, so it didn't really affect my pace readouts.

Even with the sun coming out, I was still soaking wet by the time I got home. I looked like I had taken a shower with my clothes on. I'm glad today is a rest day, it'll give my shoes a chance to dry out.

All in all it was a great run, actually. The route was amazingly scenic, and even with a couple of hills, I felt good. Looking back at it, I am proud that I've gotten to the point where I can just be like "yup, gonna go out and run five miles, nbd."

I did some foam rolling afterwards, but my calves are still a little sore today. I've got my compression socks on again under my work pants, and I'm planning on more foam rolling tonight. Meg suggested bananas, so I'm going to pick some of those up soon and see if they help. I'm also contemplating a new pair of running shoes, as the ones I'm running in have got quite a few miles on them now, and I'm definitely going this weekend to try to find some flats for work.


  1. I love the feeling of having mileage go up and feeling like what used to be longer runs are no big deal! Way to go on this run!

  2. Bananas, Bananas, Bananas! (so says my soccer playing, crampy husband)

  3. I put a banana in my smoothie every morning and that does the trick. My mom and sister need more, so they actually take magnesium supplements, FYI. No idea if that is a universal thing or if my family is just special? :)

  4. HA you kicked that stormy run's butt! GO YOU!
    Hope the bananas help. Whenever I get calf cramps my Hubs says "Did you drink enough water?" and then "Go eat a banana.".