I was out walking in the torrential rain yesterday and I couldn’t get enough! It was coming down so strong that I had to wear a hat so low on my face that it blocked my vision, as you can see in the photo. Because of it, I ran into a thick tree branch and an overhanging bush while walking to the grocery store. I cracked myself up! Here I am out in the rain by preference and smashing into things and feeling SO HAPPY! The rain was torrential, and my shoes and pants were drenched within minutes, but I luvved it! Memories of childhood escapades flooded my thoughts — putting my face up into the wet sky and splashing in the puddles.
While I was drinking in the pleasure of the wetness, over 25,000 runners were racing the LA Marathon! Multitudes of runners of all ages, shapes and sizes were going for it in the rain. Some of them must have been running their first marathon. I tracked my friend, Ben, via texts at 4 intervals on the course, and he braved it! The winner, Markos Gineti from Ethiopia, set a course record in this rain and it was his debut to marathons–he was “rain-aided!” One of the top men’s finishers said, “It’s the roughest race I’ve ever run in the rain.” The rain was definitely the adventure of the day!
I ran a 5K race in January, after not having raced in over 5 years. My cousins called to ask me to join them while they ran the LA Half Marathon
. I signed up for the 5K that accompanied that race. To my surprise, I had the stamina to RUN it with no training.
I ran one day for about 1 1/2 miles last November, and maybe a few times over the summer. I’ve been doing Power Yoga weekly, hoola hooping, hiking and walking — that’s been my cross training. I knew I could walk the 3.1 miles, but I had no idea I had the endurance to run it the entire way! When I crossed the finish line, I was overcome with the thrill of VICTORY — what all can I actually do? What else can I achieve? Could I actually be getting younger than older?
Ron and Clare
Clare, Gail, Jerome, Margo, Jason
My cousin stopped smoking by taking up long distance running. He and his wife have run so many half marathons and triathalons. I no longer want to run distances but the thrill of being with many passionate runners was a real turn on!
I think cross training is doing what you luvv to do, and then applying that to new things. I’m now adding dance to my cross training. Who knows what all I can do with the character developed through many ways of expressing and sweating myself? Here’s the biggest surprise of all: I FINISHED 6TH IN MY AGE CATEGORY!!