Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Running in the Rain

So here I am. Sitting at my desk on an exercise ball, steaming mug of coffee next to me, dressed in dry clothes, a towel slung around my neck. I look out my window and see the rain coming down, a torrential downpour really. Most people will look outside and say, "What? Raining AGAIN? This sucks!" But when you're a runner, especially one of those crazier runners, you say, "YESS!! It's raining! Hallelujah!!" and hurry to pull on your running shoes and head out into the pouring rain for some nice soggy mileage. That was me this morning, I woke up at 5 and when I saw that it was raining, I became like a kid on Christmas day, I was giddy with excitement. I scrambled to pull on my running gear with some difficulty. After all, I had just woken up and still quite groggy. I fumbled with the laces on my running shoes, This is why people use velcro, I thought to myself. After pulling my unruly brown hair into a ponytail, I scurried out the door, being careful not to wake anyone up.

As I stepped out into in the rain, I tilted my head up and felt the cool raindrops on my face. There really is no better feeling than that. So fresh and clean. After doing a few meager stretches, I started jogging down our driveway, and was instantly soaked. I kept a good pace for about 3 miles, and took a breather by a little bridge. The rain was still coming down hard, but the creek was strangely calm, and just starting to fill up again after the drought. Looking into that clear water gave me a wild idea. The bridge wasn't very high, and the water was just the right depth, so I took a glance to my left and right and jumped in. Wow, how stupid is THAT? She actually jumped into a creek...what is it with these rednecks? Okay, maybe that isn't what you're thinking, but I'm close, right? But the water felt so good! I mean, I was already soaked from the rain, so why not? I soon heard a dog barking, and turned to see a huge golden retriever bounding towards the creek. Towards me. It really was quite a hilarious feat, he leaped for me, but landed short and plunged into the water. Believe me, if it had been in slow motion, that video could win an award. He swam towards me and chased me around in the creek. I don't even know how long I was in there, maybe 15 minutes, maybe 45? That didn't matter though, because it was FUN! After a while I decided I should probably be getting on my way. The bank was quite steep, so I helped the dog climb up by pushing him up by his back end. After climbing out and squeezing the water from my shirt, I bid the cutie farewell and starting running again, with a big smile on my face.

As I ran I looked around and saw all of the beautiful scenery. Even though it was cloudy and absolutely everything was wet, there was an unusual appeal to it all. The wildflowers were glistening with raindrops, the trees dripped water from their bright green leaves, and earthworms were bathing in the mud. I felt a little sorry for the worms though, because the robins were feasting on them like kings. I've gotta say, I feel like I am able to run so much longer in the rain, it's almost like the rain magically gives us more strength and endurance. Another upside to running in the rain: sweat is no problem! You don't get over heated in the rain, and you can easily stay hydrated, especially in a downpour this hard! Really, you should try it sometime, it's almost like therapy. I ran another 4 miles and ended my route sprinting up the driveway. That's how I end all of my runs, with a dead sprint. That way, I know I finished and did my best. They always say, the most important part of your workout is the last little part, that's the part that counts the most. And so, I strode back into the house, peeling off the wet layers of my shirt and shorts, changed into sweats, and sat down with my mug of coffee. It's a runner thing, I guess. We're the creative ones, right? I mean, who needs a pool when you have a creek?

Happy Trails!

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1. Mark | June 23, 2012 at 12:03 AM EDT

I too love running in the rain. Makes me feel like some kind of warrior after a tough run.

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