DC locals: if you haven’t noticed, it is raining. Since about 5 a.m., actually.I considered going on the dreadmill instead of going outside today because it was drizzling when I set out, but then remembered that the dreadmill is even more dreadful than soggy sidewalks. So. The first three miles was like a delicate dance with gentle drizzles…
The remaining six miles were a full-on downpour of doom.
At leas the blooming spring trees were still pretty, though.Running in a rainstorm? That sounds crazy. And actually, I’ve realized over the past two weeks that I have gone crazy, pretty much. Marathon training sort of takes over your brain and here are ten ways this happens:
- Double-digit miles become “no big deal.” I’ve found myself thinking things like, “Oh, tomorrow’s just an easy 12,” or, “Yeah, a 10-mile recovery run, you know?” Crazy.
- Running becomes a form of transport. I’ve been sneaking in miles however I can — literally running errands. I’ve run to my church group, to the grocery store, to CrossFit, to happy hour… showing up for a drink, sweaty? Eh.
- Twice-weekly laundry loads. Two-a-day runs in 80-degree temperatures means that I am going through sports bras and tempo shorts at an accelerated rate. My laundry loads are basically pink and neon-green bundles of sweat-wicking fabric and smelly socks.
- You naturally wake up at 5 a.m. I actually forgot to set my alarm last night, but my body just woke up at 4:58. And then I started writing this. Weird.
- You have sneakers with you all the time. Since I’m usually running before work, during lunch, and/or after work, I have my sneakers (and running clothes) with me all the time. I haven’t carried a normal-sized purse in weeks… I am bag lady.
- Geologist-/meteorologist-like familiarity with the earth. I feel like I know every small, medium, and large hill in DC, and can define its rockiest parts; I know which sidewalks are widest, have the most cracks, and are pressure-washed regularly. I constantly check the weather and will change into short sleeves if it slips from 49 to 50 degrees; I note the time and glory of each sunrise. I just ran nine miles in a downpour and found it “refreshing.”
- Thrice-weekly grocery trips. Basically, I am hungry, all the time. A double-decker sandwich, for a snack? Second breakfast? Massive burrito? Ok!
- Normal activities become heavenly. After a long run, the smallest things become the biggest luxury. On my last long run, I made sure my route ended at the foot of the 1.5-mile hill leading to my apartment. I took the bus home and felt like a million bucks riding that crummy old wagon up the hill. I got home and drank a glass of tap water which tasted like it came from some untouched natural spring in Sweden or something. Then, I sat down. It was phenomenal.
- You think about running all the time. In my opinion, this is the worst part of the crazies. Usually I’m able to shake it, but lately I find myself thinking about running when I’m going to sleep, when I’m on the bus, when I’m talking to friends, and the worst — when I’m running. Yesterday I actually tried really hard to clear my head during my track workout because I kept thinking about the miles I’d have to run over the weekend. Just being present and taking each mile by itself can be challenging, but I’m trying hard to just embrace each moment and not freak out about the billions of footsteps ahead of me. It’s not useful to stress out about running… um, and it is also not sane.
- You love it. Everyone thinks you’re crazy (and, let’s face it, they’re sort of right)… but you still enjoy each run in some strange, crazy way.
The end. But, back to #7… FOOD! I am proud of my salad this week:I don’t know what got into me but I felt like goin’ fishin’ this week and splurged on some salmon to make my lunches luxurious. First, I baked the salmon with some olive oil, lemon, cherry tomatoes, and some random spinach I had leftover.Top with carrots, red bell pepper, feta, avocado, and olives! It’s pretty intense with all the richness of the salmon so I just drizzled it with a lot lemon, some white wine vinegar, and a little bit of dijon mustard. The BIG secret to this salad is the greens. I bought an “herb mix” that had DILL in it and lots of other herby lettuces (like arugula). Dill + arugula + salmon = the bomb.
Have a crazy, fishy Friday.
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- Do you run in the rain?
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