Monday, September 14, 2009

Running, Rain and Good Samaritans

Wet weather has come to visit Dallas, and has decided to stay a few days. Saturday morning was a 12 mile run with one of my favorite running buddies. We started at 6:30am and made a running tour of local Downtown and Uptown Starbucks. Who needs waterstops, portapotties or running energy snacks stuffed in your shorts pockets every run?? Starbucks has everything you need and there happens to be one at least every mile or so. (This is one of the best advantages to living in a big city). Not to mention when you finally finish you are perfectly situated to kick back on the patio and enjoy a great breakfast!

The weather was mainly just drizzly when we started out, and varied in intensity the first few miles. However the last 3 miles were without a doubt in pouring rain. It was fantastic!!--but not easy. I love running in the rain, although this was probably the furthest I'd ever run in rain this heavy. An hour after the run I was more exhausted and sore than I expected to be for that distance-- and it finally occurred to us that it was likely due to the 10 or so extra pounds of water we had collected in everything from our hats to our shorts to our socks and shoes. We were soaked!!!

Our last Starbucks stop we stood outside the door pitifully trying to squeeze enough water out of our clothing to pass for acceptably entering the store. However our efforts were to little avail. Fortunately a good Samaritan passing by noticed our predicament and kindly volunteered to get our order for us. Random acts of kindness... :)

This week has been absolutely amazing for mile sponsors!!! A lot of DRC members in particular have really stepped up for the cause and I couldn't be any more touched by their support and generosity. Keep an eye on the blog in the next few days for new sponsor spotlight posts. There are some great ones coming up!

This week:
Monday- Morning 5k/3 miles/Strength Training
Tuesday- Yoga/5 miles
Wednesday- Morning 5k/REST
Thursday- Yoga/Team Sprinkles Meeting/4 miles (must find time for that workout somewhere)
Friday- Morning 5k/REST
Saturday- Tour de Fleurs 20k Race at the Dallas Arboretum (REALLY excited for this race!) :)

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