Moms Run This Town In Any Weather
Last week brought more snow to the D.C. area, and although temperatures climbed to 50F on Friday, it wasn’t warm enough for long enough to melt the snow. As I drove home from work, I checked out the sidewalks along my neighborhood running route and knew that a Saturday morning neighborhood run was out of the question. While I might have been able to slog through a few unshoveled sections, there were places where the snowplow must have dumped snow from the road onto the sidewalk! 🙁
I really was not in the mood to plod through another long treadmill run, so on Friday night I put out a plea for help on my Mom’s Run This Town Facebook group page, and asked if anyone had figured out anyplace where we could run in the morning. The best suggestion was a park that has a two-lane loop with one lane reserved for pedestrians/cyclists and the others for cars. One of the members had run there on Friday, and confirmed that it was plowed. Another member said that she would be up for doing a couple laps, so we made plans to meet up in the morning.
As I was getting ready, I remembered the “Would You Rather” Runner Survey that I took in January, where I said that I would rather run on the treadmill than run around the block multiple times. Well, that was several long treadmill runs ago! I didn’t count our laps, but with one lap covering about 1.3 miles, it should have taken us about 8 laps to hit 10 miles.
What I hadn’t pysched myself up for was the rain. I don’t mind running in light drizzle, but I usually don’t like running in the rain. Since it wasn’t raining when we started, I didn’t even wear my hat, but I didn’t notice how wet I was until we finished. Honestly, I was so busy chatting with Erin that I barely noticed that we were running, let alone that we were running circles in the rain!
You can see how blind I was with my foggy, wet glasses!
This run really made me appreciate how much easier it is to do a long run with a friend, and what a wonderful organization MRTT is for bringing mother runners together for motivation, support and company. You can check out the Mom’s Run This Town website to find a group new you–you don’t even have to be a mother to join!
Do you mind running in the rain?
Do you run with a running group?