Tut Tut Looks Like Rain

6 Jul

Now that it is a gorgeous day in Philadelphia, I feel like I should knock on a redwood before posting this. Last week it poured. Buckets of water fell from the sky. Everyday. Seriously, I contemplated finding the building plans for an ark…so that I could call my grandfather for instructions on how to read them, because we all know I wouldn’t know the first thing to do with ark building plans. I digress, anyway, it rained, a whole lot, so my week of running mostly involved finding small windows of time in which it wasn’t raining to get my runs in.

Tuesday I needed to get in 4 miles, and since it was raining before work, I decided I’d wait until after work and hit the treadmill if need be. Then I saw a Women’s Running article about running in the rain, and I started to mull on the concept. I began to wonder, ‘why exactly am I so opposed to running in the rain?’ My first thought was that I need to take my iPhone, and I wasn’t sure that the armband case would keep it dry enough. Then I thought, ‘I could just throw it in a Ziploc first.’ Creative problem solving at its finest. So on my way home as it continued to rain, I decided to go for it, what was the worst that could happen? I get wet? Supposedly, at least this is what people keep telling me, I won’t melt.

Alex came with me, so my iPhone-Ziploc idea was moot. Boys’ running shorts have legit pockets after all. There were still a few outfit-y things that needed to be taken into consideration. For example, I wasn’t going to go puddle stomping in my brand new ASICS. I may not melt, but shoes do stain. Just sayin’. I have an old pair of trail running shoes that I bought before I knew there was a difference. So I dug those out of the Goodwill bag, and threw them on with regular running shorts and a tank top. And off we went.

It. Was. Awesome. After running in this heat wave for the past few weeks, running in the rain was blissful. The storm brought cooler air with it, and when you’re soaking wet you feel that much cooler. I love running because it helps me channel energy, frustration, anxiety, and find a feeling of peace and calm. Running in the rain made me feel closer to nature, it felt tangible and close. Zen-like is the only way I can describe that run.

ImageAfter spending so much time bemoaning the rain, I do think it’s funny that I almost wouldn’t mind a little shower at run time this evening.


4 Responses to “Tut Tut Looks Like Rain”

  1. Chuck July 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I really enjoy running in a steady rain. Not the kind that pummels you with rain drops big enough to take birds down in flight, but a simple, easy, steady rain. It makes the run a bit “cooler” and adds something different. And you’re right about the Ziplock bag for your phone. I just throw mine into a zippy, hold it upside down so nothing gets into the space where my headphone cord sticks out and off I go, none the worse for wear.

    Congrats on discovering rain-running. It’s raining here today and I’m sure I’ll be running in it soon! LOL

  2. Jessica Main July 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Today’s hot weather running lesson: if it’s not raining, ask the lady that’s watering her plants to spray you with her garden hose!

  3. Gsun July 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I am interested in trying this out. I’m wondering if you get a lot of funny looks though… Don’t think that would stop me though.

    • Jessica Main July 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      I was surprised by how few funny looks we got! I think I was almost disappointed by the lack of funny looks actually. I was ready to feel super badass, and I mostly just felt accepted… which isn’t a bad thing really.

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