Running in the Rain
What a great day to run 16 miles! It rained most of the time, but running by the pine trees with all of the needles on the ground and the rain pouring down reminded me of being in the Pacific Northwest. : ) Because I was expecting it to be a hard run since it was pouring and it really wasn't much harder, it felt easy! I wore shorts, a short sleeved shirt and a light jacket and I was just right in 55*.
It wasn't long before I didn't have to run around the puddles anymore - I just ran right through them - my feet were drenched anyway. ; ) Then a bus passed by and I was soaked by a ten foot wave. That's okay - I'm washable. It was funny. I did hillwork - the hills weren't on muddy ground so it was a good day for those. With all of the distractions - the rain, the hills - my run was over before I knew it. (16 miles at 9:36 ave. pace)
Seeing that orange rock made me happy! That might be the rock I tripped on last week. After I tripped on it, I almost blogged that I'd carry some red finger nail polish and make that rock stand out, but park workers painted the rocks that stick out on the path before I got a chance to help out. ; ) Someone's taking care of me!
I'm looking for a breakfast I can easily carry when I travel. Today I tried an Apple Cinnamon Powerbar and a banana and all was good. I liked the flavor of the bar and although the texture was chewy (tired jaw halfway through), the oat bran made it oatmeal cookie-like. Later, I ate a tangerine Powerbar gel at miles 5 and 10. The breakfast and gels fueled me well. What do you eat before a marathon?