Running In Circles In The Rain

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.

Running In Circles In The Rain

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!

Running In 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?

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26 Responses to Running In Circles In The Rain

  1. Karen says:

    I’ve been running with a group of friends and fellow runners for years and cannot imagine my running life without them. I also dislike running in the rain, and I also have found that while running, chatting, commiserating and solving the problems of the world, we often barely notice the ups and downs of the weather around us. This winter 9 of us signed up for the Miami 1/2 Marathon on Feb. 2nd, and that kept us running and training throughout this cold, hard winter — including several long runs in single digit temps. The getaway weekend to Miami together was so worth it, even if the race itself in 80 degree humid temps on Super Bowl Sunday was the biggest challenge of all. Celebrating with cocktails on the beach later was the best!
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  2. Way to go Coco! I’m not a fan of cold downpour rain runs but if there’s a buddy, it makes it so much more tolerable.
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  3. Carla says:

    see? MISFIT HERE.
    When the child and I ran and slipped and RAN and almost fell in the mud and rain last weekend—I loved. I loved.
    I was a great distraction for me from the, uh, RUNNING!!
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  4. Groups are so powerful for accountability! They got me out some early, cold mornings this fall for marathon training. Glad you have a great group!
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  5. Great job! Isn’t it amazing how much better a run is with a little company?! Good for you for dodging another mill run!
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  6. Momshomerun says:

    I don’t mind running in the rain. I only mind running when it’s hot outside! That’s my kryptonite.

    I always run alone. I prefer to be on my own during my runs.
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  7. Debbie says:

    I love running in light rain or right after the rain (puddle jumping = FUN!). I belong to MRTT, too. Vienna/Oakton is my main group but belong to all NoVA chapters. I love it! Ran 13.1 on the mill on Saturday (my longest mileage ever on the TM), and I realized how much faster time goes by when running with friends.

    Great job on getting your run in on Saturday in those conditions!

  8. I don’t mind the rain either – although I probably don’t know what real rain is. And running in small circles would be so much better with a friend. Great run!
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  9. Kim says:

    Glad that even with the circles and rain it wasn’t a bad run – nice that you had someone to run with. I just checked out the MRTT website – sadly they don’t have a group in my area (maybe I will expand the search!).
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  10. Cold rain I hate, but if it isn’t too cold out I don’t mind it. Good job getting it in.
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  11. misszippy says:

    I was gone (thankfully) for this last storm, but I know all of my running friends were busy playing the rerouting game this past weekend. Time for the snow to go! And yes, having a partner or partners in crime makes the going so much nicer.
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  12. AmyC says:

    I don’t mind running in the rain during the warmer months, but can’t do it when it’s cold. Ten miles on a TM sounds like a lot until you read about people running 100 😉 Crazy runners!
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  13. So glad you found us!!! I don’t mind running in the rain if it’s a warm rain in the summer….but heck no to a cold winter rain…you are a BAMR!
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  14. This is awesome!! I accidentally ran in the rain twice, and actually ended up enjoying those much more than I thought I would!! It’s still hard for me to go out knowing that it’s raining… but when the rain comes out of nowhere…….. I just enjoy it!!
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  15. I dont’ mind the rain if it’s not cold. Give me one or the other and I’ll run it in but not both. Cold + wet = miserable.
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  16. Megan says:

    Thanks for the info about Moms Run This Town! I usually run alone, but I’m sure getting to know someone while running would help the time pass quickly!
    I recently started a “Shaping Up For Summer” link-up, which will run every Saturday through May, and I would LOVE it if you wanted to link up your fitness posts. Hope to see you there!

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