Reflections in the rain

Usually, Wednesdays are my off days because I go to church later in the evening. But I skipped yesterday’s workout. So future entries for Wednesdays will be reserved I guess for musik/pictures/poems. We shall see!

I accomplished 6.1 miles today in the rain. Beautiful were the grey clouds and the temperature dropped to 77 F — a relief from the 90s. The smell of Earth infiltrated my nostrils. The winds rustled through the trees as if beckoning me to keep going. The rain fell down everywhere; pitter patter pitter patter like a hypnotizing metronome. And the river to the left of me maddingly rushed forward.

I ran into a couple and as I approached them I said, “Beautiful day!” They both said, “Yes”.

Then I encountered wild rabbits along the trail and squirrels. There were a few bike riders as well and one runner that I’ve seen before like 3 months ago on the trail. We both waved at each other 2 times as we crossed each others path. It’s kinda cool seeing a familiar face again.

Running in the rain made me think of those frogs in the desert that hibernates under the sand and only come out when it rains [which is a rarity]. The frogs then start mating and they lay their spawn in the lakes of rain that are formed. I saw it on a nature show one time. Pretty nifty how God created so many creatures.

Overall, the run went well. Did a couple of fartleks. I was catching my breath at the start .24 mile into the run even though my pace was 11:30/mi. In addition, my calves started getting heavy in mile 4. I should have eaten breakfast and had a heavier meal than 2 packets of instant noodles and better hydration.

In the evening my dad asked how my run went. I casually replied, “I did 6.1 miles in 1 hour and 10 minutes.”

At the time I thought nothing of it. 6 miles. Big deal. I take it for granted. Upon further examination, can you believe I ran non-stop? If you asked me 2 months ago if I could do 6 miles I would have pointed at my left knee and share with you my ITB sob story.

Please God, do not let me take your gifts for granted. Thank you for today. It was amazing.

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