Running in the Rain
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Took off for my run today. It was a foggy, muggy & gray day. It was 61 degrees. About 3 miles out it started to drizzle, no big deal. I got to my intended turn back point but felt so good I decided to go on to an uncharted distance. Then about 4.5 miles it started to rain. I went to the next corner and turned back, it was pouring. I however was having a blast.
I was crossing a highway overpass and noticed a slight flash or was it. I thought it may have been the gleam of headlight from the oncoming cars in the drops in my eyes. Then again very faint and still was not sure, then was the faintest rumble from the sky. I prayed for protection from any lightning. I now had a little over 4 miles to home. I felt good, the rain felt good, I was smiling. Passing traffic must have thought me a fool. I didn’t care as long as they don’t run me over.
It continued to pour as continued home. There were a couple more flashes of lightning and rolls of thunder before I made it home. It seems I should look deeper into the weather forecast before going for a run. There was severe weather alerts on television, the radar was yellow and red for my area, but nothing too serious. Of course the lighting was a big deal. Turns out the storm move in faster than I anticipated.
I made it home safe and soaked. I headed right for a towel to find my wife concerned since I don’t carry my phone with me. The extra distance I added, added extra time and the weather conditions, can’t blame her. But since she was still asleep when I left at 8am she really had no idea how long I had been out. She was glad I was home safe.
I did prove my theory correct. Running in the rain only gets your front wetter faster while your back stays dry. The back of my shirt and shorts were still dry with the exception of what had run down my shoulders. My shoulder blade area was wet, but the rest was dry. So today was also a science experiment. Who knew?