I woke up just before six this morning for an early outdoor run and immediately checked the weather – the night before there had been a chance of rain. Outside my window the roads were wet but it wasn’t actively raining; I checked my weather app and it assured me that there was no chance of rain until 9am. I was tempted to go back to bed and run on the treadmill after work, but I’ve been wussing out on outdoor running a lot the past couple weeks – an outdoor run it was to be. I stepped outside and all was well: no rain!
FOR THE FIRST TEN MINUTES.
What followed for the remainder of my 10+ miles was a series of off-and-on rain showers that went from nonexistent to arguably pouring, and in the latter moments I couldn’t help but think to myself: when have I felt like I was running in a shower before? Oh, right! The Wine & Dine Half Marathon! And so from then on I could do nothing to dissuade my brain from presenting me with a series of decidedly damp W&D flashbacks, my favorite being when the combination of the dark and a particularly black puddle caused me to completely lose track of the ground.
Congratulations, Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2014 – you’ve officially scarred me for life. But don’t think that means you’ve beaten me! I’m coming for you again this year and you better show me something better. And even if you don’t, you DEFINITELY haven’t won. To combat your influence, here’s a picture of happy post-race times. YOU’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE.
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